DxO PhotoLab 2 Elite $89 (expired)

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I received an email for a DxO promotion. I had not tried version 2 so I downloaded the trial. I am really impressed with the default RAW conversion. I also like the U Point technology. While I'd have a hard time justified the $199 regular price I think for $89 I'll give it a go.

$89.00
WITH THE CODE
APRIL-SAVE-DPL2
DxO PhotoLab 2 PURCHASE THE ELITE EDITION FOR THE SAME PRICE AS AN UPGRADE
 

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I really want to try this, it's unfortunate that I spent my allotted photography budget for a long while so recently...
 

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Do you feel like it can replace LR entirely, or are there things you'd still want LR for?
Still I use LR too. I think if I familiar with Dxo I will use it instead LR. No I use LR for cropping.

I think DxO is a bit slowly to transfer to disk, but this may only on my com cos my com is not the fastest.
 

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I use it a lot! :thumbup:

I like it more in version 2 since they added the ability to make a profile for a camera and lens with the x-rite ColorChecker Passport and use it much as with LR. I think their Prime is better too as is the ability to align slanted perspective angles too.

They say the update in June will support the E-M1X too. Can't wait!
 

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I downloaded the trial, played around with a few files. It does have a lot going for it, the raw treatment is night and day compared to On1, which I want to like.

Am I correct that the Nik software doesn't directly connect from within PhotoLab? Seems like a missed opportunity.
 

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LR I have for long time and Dxo a short time. I have just ti figure out what both can to for me.

Smart lightning and prime noise is superb in dxo.

Other is easier to adjust in LR.

But I am a dxo learner so I need time to use this software correct.

I process a raw file in LR to my taste than I process the same raw using dxo.

Sone photo processed in dxo are better and some in LR.

Have to figure out why.
 
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Do you feel like it can replace LR entirely, or are there things you'd still want LR for?
DxO has no built in DAM so for now I am doing my import with LR that way I maintain the ability to do complex searches and filters of all of my library. If I find an alternative standalone DAM that could change though. Also I have found no easy way to apply a vignette with DxO (I hope I'm just missing it) so I use LR for that.

Things I love:
Default RAW conversion
U-Point technology
ClearView Plus
Prime noise reduction (default NR is good also)
Nice interface
Not dependent on a database

Wish it had:
DAM
Luminosity mask
See pictures in sub-folders from parent folder
 

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I actually rely on and prefer On1 Perfect Effects 9 for things like tonal contrast, vignette and color adjustments. The vignette filters are particularly much better than LR. Big Softy crushes any other vignette filter I've seen for its natural look. However I don't think you can use PE9 from within DXO like you can with LR...
 

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I'm a beginner in photography, more so in post processing. I would like to get the DxO Photolab but during the trial period, the colors I get are a little off compared to Olympus Viewer 3. I tend to find that Photolab renders skin tones redder even if I set the preference to apply "no adjustments" on raw or jpeg. So even if I export a .tiff from OV3, DXO Photolab still adjusts the colors. Any tips?
 
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I'm a beginner in photography, more so in post processing. I would like to get the DxO Photolab but during the trial period, the colors I get are a little off compared to Olympus Viewer 3. I tend to find that Photolab renders skin tones redder even if I set the preference to apply "no adjustments" on raw or jpeg. So even if I export a .tiff from OV3, DXO Photolab still adjusts the colors. Any tips?
In Photolab go to the the HSL settings (Hue, Saturation, Lightness) and adjust the red channel; I find it's most noticable under very warm indoor lighting. A small shift towards orange, slight decrease in saturation, and bit of lightening seems to produce nice tone to my eye.

Or there is a camera rendering panel to mimic the output of various other camers or film emulsions, but I only stumble around there.
 

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I'm a beginner in photography, more so in post processing. I would like to get the DxO Photolab but during the trial period, the colors I get are a little off compared to Olympus Viewer 3. I tend to find that Photolab renders skin tones redder even if I set the preference to apply "no adjustments" on raw or jpeg. So even if I export a .tiff from OV3, DXO Photolab still adjusts the colors. Any tips?
For what it's worth: same experience. I set it to default to 'neutral color" and that improves the colors (for example, yellows look yellow instead of orange, and all colors are less saturated than the default setting).
 
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I received an email for a DxO promotion. I had not tried version 2 so I downloaded the trial. I am really impressed with the default RAW conversion. I also like the U Point technology. While I'd have a hard time justified the $199 regular price I think for $89 I'll give it a go.

$89.00
WITH THE CODE
APRIL-SAVE-DPL2
DxO PhotoLab 2 PURCHASE THE ELITE EDITION FOR THE SAME PRICE AS AN UPGRADE
Thanks for this post. I purchased at that $89.00 US price after trialing it for a month. Once I get a handle on using it I might just cancel my Lightroom subscription.
 

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Just an FYI, PhotoLab does not support Fuji X-Tran.

It's a shame really as there seems to be lot to like about it.
I bought it on special when I was using a Pentax and loved it.
Went to Fuji and was not amused at all. ( :

I like the defaults with camera/lens profiles.
I like that it supports .dcp.
I really like making film presets. Acros, Astia, Chrome, etc. The preset editor makes it a breeze.

I was a LR user all the way up until 5.7. I've restructured all my new files and don't require a DAM anymore. Just a file browser.

Funny thing: I just picked up an EM1.1 and was surprised to see that 5.7 supports it.
I get surprised every day(at least once a week) by that OLD camera.
 

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