The purpose of this image was to give context to some 100% crops that were illustrating the quality of an old 35-70mm lens.
Evaluating defaults seems of little value to me. Users can setup the defaults they want. I don't care which converter renders skin tones best at default settings, or whether red is too magenta with defaults. I want to know if red can be rendered properly when adjustments are made. Can adjustments provide good skin tones without sacrificing something else?
I know this would a lot more work for the reviewer, but just evaluating defaults is fluff journalism.
I saw no mention of camera calibration profiles. I know Lightroom 4.3 has them, but what about the other converters? One can edit profiles in the free Adobe DNG Profile Editor, or use ColorChecker Passport or QPcard 203 to create their own profiles based on their cameras, lenses, and lighting.
The rendering of colors in LR is very dependent on the profile being used. When one reports that red is rendered too magenta in LR one needs to report the profile used and whether this can or cannot be corrected with other profiles.
Thanks Ueberlicht for the additional info on your web site. So, targeted at under 1,000 Euros, and release anticipated for late 2012 or beginning of 2013. I look forward to it. I've resisted the Nikon PC-E lenses because of the lack of rotation between the tilt and shift. I have Nikon's older 85mm PC that has the same issue.
I have their 85mm f/1.4 under the Rokinon brand name, and it is a very nice lens on the Nikon D800E. Hope the optics on the TS are better than Nikon's 24mm PC-E.
Robin Casady: What a disappointing article. I was hoping for techniques for achieving naturalistic landscapes with HDR, but no such luck. Who needs an article telling you to use Canon in-camera HDR? Rather useless for Nikon shooters.
There was almost nothing about using post processing software. I don't think the word "gamma" ever appeared.
What a waste of time.
You think "disappointing" is being harsh? I thought I was being gentle. I was sucked into what dpreview portrayed as a how-to article and found a Canon promotion. I think dpreview should have more respect for its readers.
What a disappointing article. I was hoping for techniques for achieving naturalistic landscapes with HDR, but no such luck. Who needs an article telling you to use Canon in-camera HDR? Rather useless for Nikon shooters.