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New to GF1 -workflow question

Discussion in 'Panasonic Cameras' started by Rooz, Dec 18, 2010.

  1. Rooz

    Rooz Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 13, 2010
    Hi all, have just bought a GF1 with the 20/1.7 and have a question about workflow to process images. i am a nikon shooter who uses NX2 almost exclusively and am REALLY struggling with panasonic raw files using sikypix...it must be one of the most useless programs ive ever used.

    what do you guys do for processing raw ? right now i opened in CS4 then saved as JPEG and processed in NX2 but thats really screwing my workflow up so i may just stick to CS4 for processing aswell...anyone have any tips or tricks to get the most out of your files ?

    thanks in advance. :smile:
     
  2. semma

    semma Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2010
    I convert the raw files to dng in Lightroom.
     
  3. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Lightroom!
    Good for your Nikon files as well...
     
  4. markitos

    markitos Mu-43 Regular

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    Dec 9, 2010
    Durham, NC
    +3 on LR... makes workflow, esp. RAW workflow, so much simpler.
     
  5. BillN

    BillN Mu-43 All-Pro

    Jan 19, 2010
    SW France
    If you buy an M9 you get a free copy of LR3

    same goes if you buy a DLux5

    but you may as well buy the M9

    (try the free trial - you have nothing to loose - LR not an M9 "free trial")
     
  6. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

    176
    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
    Get Lightroom. You'll never look back.

    I also highly recommend the Luminous Landscape video tutorials for Lightroom. Not only did I learn a lot about Lightroom, I learned a lot about digital photography.
     
  7. MikeB10

    MikeB10 Mu-43 Regular

    Yep another vote for Lightroom. And of course DNG conversion is just an option. Not necessary for RAW processing.
     
  8. Rooz

    Rooz Mu-43 Regular

    59
    Dec 13, 2010
    yeah, i'm going to pay $10k for an M9 or buy an LX5 for double the price for a leica badge just to get a copy of LR. lol

    it looks like LR is the way to go, will have to revisit again. ty.
     
  9. semma

    semma Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2010
    FYI, if you do not have Lightroom yet, the D-Lux5 is cheaper then the LX5 :wink:
    So, it is not about the badge...
     
  10. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    LX5+LR3=$400+$300 (or if you're a student, $100)
    D-LUX5 = $800

    While the price difference becomes less crazy, the d-lux doesn't seem to be cheaper. Where are you getting your pricing?
     
  11. Kingsfan

    Kingsfan Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Nov 22, 2010
    highland park, CA
    Q
    the trial for lightroom is fully functional, should give it a try and if you like it, find a student to help you buy it for hella cheap
     
  12. semma

    semma Mu-43 Regular

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    Nov 9, 2010
    The world is not the USA alone...

    LX5 + LR3= 419+306 euro = 725 euro
    D-Lux5= 679 euro

    The D-Lux seem to be cheaper here.

    I think that you are NOT a student, so just pay for your software, it is worth the money.
     
  13. nolaSafari

    nolaSafari Mu-43 Regular

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    Oct 30, 2010
    New Orleans
    LR is now $89.00 for a student. Free ground shipping until the 20th. My son will be ordering a copy.
     
  14. Pelao

    Pelao Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 3, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
    True - but I suggest it's worth coming to grips with the pros and cons of DNG.

    For me the most attractive element is not having to consider sidecar files.
     
  15. Linh

    Linh Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 14, 2009
    Maryland, US
    tis true. guess it just depends where the OP is then.
     
  16. ampan

    ampan New to Mu-43

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    Nov 9, 2010
  17. Streetshooter

    Streetshooter Administrator Emeritus

    Dec 15, 2009
    Phila, Pa USA
    Ya got it backwards.
    Ya pay $10,000.00 for Lightroom and ya get the M9 for free.
    At least light room's worth the money...
     
  18. Grant

    Grant Mu-43 Veteran

    Best give a beverage alert :eek: with lines like this as I just spewed coffee over my keyboard with this line.
     
  19. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    sorry Ampan.. seems like sagelight is windows only.....so as a mac user I wish you well with your marketing campaign... though i think the day of the RAW processor application without asset management has passed

    K
     
  20. Bill

    Bill Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 15, 2009
    Brisbane, Australia
    Bill (really)
    Ampan,

    I agree that Sagelight is an amazing product. I am a paid-up owner. And, it works with the full bit-depth of your raw files. But I found that once I had Lightroom 3, I wasn't opening Sagelight any more. The Lr3 noise recuction is just outstanding and the tools are way out in front. I urge you to try the Lr3 fully-functional, free trial.

    Lightroom 3 introduced me to a real workflow. I shoot only in raw now, and then go straight into dng (saving the original raw file in a seperate file). Quick and easy.