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Re: Out the box settings

I am also looking forward to Ian's RAW item. I have felt that I would like to go down that route for the past couple of years and when researching for a good RAW converter got differing opinions on almost every site.

It would be interesting to hear which program members use.

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Re: Out the box settings

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I am also looking forward to Ian's RAW item. I have felt that I would like to go down that route for the past couple of years and when researching for a good RAW converter got differing opinions on almost every site.

It would be interesting to hear which program members use.

Kindest regards. Barr1e
Actually the free Olympus Master software is a good start. Olympus Studio is good and supports batch processing but it is slow and not as intuitive as I'd have liked. But it produces very high quality results and as it models your camera closely, the starting point is usually better than with independent solutions. Adobe Camera RAW, which is at the heart of Photoshop and Lightroom, is very powerful, fast and easy to use. It's a bargain with Photoshop Elements 6.0. Another package worth looking at is Bibble, which has powerful noise management features built in, as well as lens and other distortion paramenter corrections. LightSurf is another interesting package.

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Re: Out the box settings

I reckon Bibble Lite is the easiest to use for someone new to RAW. It is very straightforward to use and much faster than Olympus Master. It incorporates Noise Ninja and a few other plugins too. I tend to use Lightroom most of the time mainly because I get excellent results but also I love the elegant UI and the fact that the panels glide from view leaving pretty much a full screen image and return when you hover over the side or bottom bars. ACDSee Pro is ok but not so intuitive as Bibble or Lightroom. Lightroom is however, a bit pricey.
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Re: Out the box settings

I too will be looking forward to Ians Raw article (no pressure Ian)
I have dabbled with Raw using Adobe as the converter, but being self taught you never really know where you've cut corners, any pointers will be welcome.
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Yes, I too have dabbled with RAW. The main downside is the slow download times with the E500.

Ian,

I have a quick look at Adobe both the Adobe products you mention. Which would you recommend, Elements or Lightroom?

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Hi Peter

I am surprised 'bout the slow download (or is it upload) on your 500, I have downloaded RAW from my C7070 and 510 and have not noticed a slow tranfer, not tried it on a 500 though so I cannot comment on that.
My thoughts on your software dilema is simply you get what you pay for, Lightroom is expensive but in my opinion worth the spend, even if you currently do not use all of the features you may well grow into them as you do the learning curve, paticulary with RAW in mind, also the file sorting features are superb with Lightroom. I use CS3 (still trying to get to grips with) but I believe some of the features are common across both packages.
Why not download the trial software from Adobe (30 days) and have a play

All the best

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Re: Out the box settings

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I reckon Bibble Lite is the easiest to use for someone new to RAW. It is very straightforward to use and much faster than Olympus Master. It incorporates Noise Ninja and a few other plugins too. I tend to use Lightroom most of the time mainly because I get excellent results but also I love the elegant UI and the fact that the panels glide from view leaving pretty much a full screen image and return when you hover over the side or bottom bars. ACDSee Pro is ok but not so intuitive as Bibble or Lightroom. Lightroom is however, a bit pricey.
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ACDSee is a very good thumbnail viewer - I wouldn't bother with the premium versions for their image editing capabilities though.

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Hi Peter

I am surprised 'bout the slow download (or is it upload) on your 500, I have downloaded RAW from my C7070 and 510 and have not noticed a slow tranfer, not tried it on a 500 though so I cannot comment on that.
My thoughts on your software dilema is simply you get what you pay for, Lightroom is expensive but in my opinion worth the spend, even if you currently do not use all of the features you may well grow into them as you do the learning curve, paticulary with RAW in mind, also the file sorting features are superb with Lightroom. I use CS3 (still trying to get to grips with) but I believe some of the features are common across both packages.
Why not download the trial software from Adobe (30 days) and have a play

All the best

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Thanks for the above.

Transfer speeds(E500) -Unfortunately the data transfer is slow because the camera only has a USB 1 interface. Terribly short sighted by Olympus, USB 2 has been around for ages!

Lightbox - I have read various reviews and came to the same conclusion that it would be worth a try. Downloaded it yesterday and played with it last night. Looks quite powerful and plenty of room for my skills to grow within it. I shall probably buy a book that covers its use as, although the editing controls seem straight forward, I want to give it a fair evaluation against my needs.

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Re: Out the box settings

I have to say that when I connect my E-510 via USB to my Mac, the transfer speeds are very slow, whereas if I remove the card, place that in the reader and copy the files across to my external drive (also USB) this is much faster... probably twice the speed.

I use Lightroom and maybe this slows the process down... never been really happy with file transfer times on either my E-400 (which I appreciate is USB1) nor on my E-510 (USB2). Seems that it may be Lightroom that causes a slow down.
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I have to say that when I connect my E-510 via USB to my Mac, the transfer speeds are very slow, whereas if I remove the card, place that in the reader and copy the files across to my external drive (also USB) this is much faster... probably twice the speed.

I use Lightroom and maybe this slows the process down... never been really happy with file transfer times on either my E-400 (which I appreciate is USB1) nor on my E-510 (USB2). Seems that it may be Lightroom that causes a slow down.
Camera USB connections are generally quite a lot slower than good card readers, see:

http://dpnow.com/4445a.html (bottom of the page)

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Camera USB connections are generally quite a lot slower than good card readers, see:

http://dpnow.com/4445a.html (bottom of the page)

Ian

Thanks Ian. Its what I thought but I had hoped the E3 would perform much better than the figures in the table. I have just bought one thinking this would not be an issue.

Now where is my wallet? Need a card reader........

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Thanks for the link Ian...
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