Lens distortion correction

Started Jul 21, 2009 | Discussions thread
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sethmarshall
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Lens distortion correction
Jul 21, 2009

I am trying to find the best software for correction lens distortion. I am using a Mac and shooting with the 5DmarkII & primarily with the EF 24-105L lens.

CS4 Photoshop's lens distortion filter is excellent but I've been reading about programs that supposedly have tried and tested presets for camera & lens combos. I assume this would be a fairly easy thing for a software manufacturer to accomplish, testing various cameras & lens combos and recording deviated distortions for each focal length and distance to subject combinations. I do not understand why such presets were left out of Photoshop CS4, it seems it would be very simple to use EXIF data to quickly and correctly eliminate distortion without having to eyeball it (perhaps incorrectly).

I'm further annoyed Lightroom left lens distortion control off their software entirely!

After searching online I've found most people highly recommend DxO Optics Pro which I downloaded (version 5.2). After using the trail program and correctly downloading the modules for my camera and lens I'm frustrated that I cannot find any such presets! The only geometry correction I find it manual and therefore I don't know why people claim it matches camera & lens combos or why I even needed to download the modules. The manual did not help explain how to find this alleged preset distortion auto correction.

I've heard a lot about PT Lens, and also heard of Bibble and Silky Pix. Do these programs offer the preset lens correction that I'm speaking of? Which is the best program for this, and are they plugin options for lightroom/photoshop which are as good?

Am I mistaken and there is no software that offers such preset corrections for camera & lens combos--and if not why?! If distance to object is too subjective for this correction that EXIF data would not be appropriate at least there should be a focal length correction for that lens & camera combo and a slider to adjust appropriate distance by eye (the hard part is getting it right for the lens since distortion by focal length changes dynamically).

I would greatly appreciate the advice from someone with experience performing lens distortion corrects. IMHO, this should be as important a utility as any!

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