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Old 5th November 2009
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Arrow Introducing DxO Optics Pro

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DxO Optics Pro 6, a powerful and unique RAW file convesion package, now supports Olympus E-System cameras. Here is a short introduction to a remarkable software package from a software company based in Paris, France.

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Re: Introducing DxO Optics Pro

Here's a before and after using OP6's perspective, horizon and volumetric geometry corrections (these are manual controls rather then the profile-dependent automatic ones).

Before (out of Lightroom 2.5)



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Re: Introducing DxO Optics Pro

Useful photo to demo the converging vertical corrections Ian.

Looks like DxO lost it a little in the roof structure though.

How are you using DxO with Lightroom? Did you use DNG file format or does it work directly with the Lightroom database?


Will definitely have to try the demo. Maybe worth Oly users requesting their fav lens be added using the DxO form (e.g. I could not see the 50-200mm in the supported list) :

http://www.dxo.com/en/photo/support/...b_availability
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Useful photo to demo the converging vertical corrections Ian.

Looks like DxO lost it a little in the roof structure though.

How are you using DxO with Lightroom? Did you use DNG file format or does it work directly with the Lightroom database?


Will definitely have to try the demo. Maybe worth Oly users requesting their fav lens be added using the DxO form (e.g. I could not see the 50-200mm in the supported list) :

http://www.dxo.com/en/photo/support/...b_availability
At the moment I'm only using OP6 manually with Lightroom, so I just drag the RAW file from a Windows Explorer folder opened from Lightroom.

There is talk of a way to make the way OP works with Lightroom more closely integrated, but I haven't got that far.

Interesting that the 50-200 is not listed, maybe it's so good it needs no corrections! Seriously, I will ask them about this.

I wonder if the roof detail looks different because OP6 has lightened it. I will look at the same detail in Lightroom and report back.

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At the moment I'm only using OP6 manually with Lightroom, so I just drag the RAW file from a Windows Explorer folder opened from Lightroom.

There is talk of a way to make the way OP works with Lightroom more closely integrated, but I haven't got that far.

Interesting that the 50-200 is not listed, maybe it's so good it needs no corrections! Seriously, I will ask them about this.

I wonder if the roof detail looks different because OP6 has lightened it. I will look at the same detail in Lightroom and report back.

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Yes the roof detail simply shows more of the structure in the OP6 version. In the original this is silhouetted.

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Re: Introducing DxO Optics Pro

Hmm - it's expensive 99 for the 'Standard' edition (but currently on special offer of 69).

The 'Elite' edition is an eye watering 199 - special offer 139.

Some trial users on dpreview aren't impressed.

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Hmm - it's expensive 99 for the 'Standard' edition (but currently on special offer of 69).

The 'Elite' edition is an eye watering 199 - special offer 139.

Some trial users on dpreview aren't impressed.

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At 69 its a steal. You have to realise that what you are getting is software that is specifically designed for the camera and lenses you use. No other mainstream software offers that. When you also consider that the ease with which it can make corrections even the non auto ones there is going to be a time saving. The Elite version is a bit pricey, but that is mainly for togs with Pro cameras. The time savings for a Pro could be well worth the outlay. At the end of the day though its horses for courses and it will not totally replace Lightroom or Photoshop if these are definitely going to be part of your workflow. I'm looking forward to the Mac V6 to be released
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Hmm - it's expensive 99 for the 'Standard' edition (but currently on special offer of 69).

The 'Elite' edition is an eye watering 199 - special offer 139.

Some trial users on dpreview aren't impressed.

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Can you provide a link? I had a quick look around and most of them seem impressed.

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Can you provide a link? I had a quick look around and most of them seem impressed.

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A couple in this thread:

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/re...hread=33581762

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Well, I'd honestly say most of the comments were positive and the couple that weren't were questionable in my mind. I've got it running on an XP desktop and a Windows 7 laptop and both have run faultlessly. The lens modules downloaed for me in around 2 minutes, so I don't know why one of the posters had a problem with long downloads.

It's quite true that OP is slow relative to Lightroom, but it's doing more work and, arguably, to a greater depth.

Opinion seems to be split regarding the noise reduction - at 1:1 with very high ISO images it does look a bit water colour like, but edges are sharp and I can't see much colour saturation sacrificed. I'm sure the results will print well.

I'd just reiterate that OP is not a replacement for Lightroom, it's complementary.

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Well the download and install on XP was a quick and painless process, just like any windows install.

Raw development is at least as fast as either Rawtherapee or Master.

I don't understand the comment on windows directory handling - it is just like any other windows based product.

It hasn't crashed my machine so far.

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Well that's not saying much - I gave up on Rawtherapee because I found it glacially slow!

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I'd just reiterate that OP is not a replacement for Lightroom, it's complementary.
A lot of money though, just for an add-on.

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A lot of money though, just for an add-on.

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I'm sure the term "add-on" is not appropriate to OP, and frankly I've seen many Photoshop plugins more expensive
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Re: Introducing DxO Optics Pro

I have downloaded and tried to use this software for a couple of days. Most of the time I have been fighting a bug in the software and now my version freezes everytime I open it up.

I own both the E3 and E500 and have not segregated the files - as I am sure most two camera owners will also do. The problem is that the program does not gracefully tell you that the image format is not supported but indicates it is trying to 'loading - please wait'. This seems a very basic programming failure and as a result, I am unable to evaluate it.
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