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DxO Labs launches Optics Pro 7.1 for Mac and Windows

By dpreview staff on Dec 19, 2011 at 18:00 GMT

DxO Labs has launched DxO Optics Pro v7.1 for both Mac and Windows. The latest version of its Raw converter and lens correction software adds support for an additional five cameras: the Sony A65, Panasonic DMC-G3 and the three latest Olympus PENs. The additional support for these cameras, with several lens combinations means Optics Pro is able to support more than 5,000 camera/lens combinations. As a special offer, both the Standard and Elite versions will be available at around a 30% discount until December 24th.

Press Release:

DxO Optics Pro v7.1 supports 5 additional cameras and achieves a landmark 5,000 DxO Optics Modules

December 19, 2011 – DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.1 for Mac and Windows. Both the Standard and Elite editions of version 7.1 support five additional cameras: the Sony Alpha 65, the Panasonic G3, and the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1.

More than 150 DxO Optics Modules have been added in DxO Optics Pro, allowing surpassing the landmark milestone of 5,000 DxO Optics Modules.

Thanks to better system resource management, the use of OpenCL technology with Windows, and the optimization of numerous algorithms, DxO Optics Pro 7 can process batches of photos up to 4 times faster than previous versions. Version 7.1 includes many enhancements to DxO Optics Pro’s image processing engine, making it even faster and more efficient for certain configurations.

AVAILABILITY AND SPECIAL YEAR-END OFFER

DxO Optics Pro for Windows and Mac is available in the DxO Labs online boutique (www.dxo.com) and at photo resellers at a special discount price good through December 24, 2011:

USD:
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: $99 instead of $169
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: $199 instead of $299

EUR:
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: €99 instead of €149
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: €199 instead of €299
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

GBP:
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Standard Edition: £89 instead of £135
• DxO Optics Pro 7 Elite Edition: £179 instead of £269
(Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

An upgrade to version 7.1 is free for all DxO Optics Pro 7 owners as well as for photographers who acquired a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 on or after September 1, 2011. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on all upgrades from now until December 24, 2011, directly from their customer account.
A fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro, good for one month, is available on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).

Comments

Total comments: 95
deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 11, 2012)

I ordered on 12-31.2011
Today on 01-11-2012 I received the following message:

Dear Photographer,
Thank you very much for ordering a DxO Optics Pro 7 backup CD.
Tests of a control batch of CDs revealed some quality issues. Consequently, we have stopped shipment and have instead launched a new production.
We will do our utmost to fill your order as quickly as possible. Your CD should be sent sometime around the 3rd week of January.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause you, and we thank you for your understanding.
The DxO Labs team

______________________________________________________________

Judge for yourself what to think of a delayed response such as this one ?!

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 7, 2012)

The software seems to have been written with Fuji Finepix cameras in mind especially the Fuji Finepix S5 ( a now abandoned camera project ).
The S5 is supported to the fullest including many 3rd party lenses - strangely enough even lenses like the 8-16 Sigma - which were introduced years after the camera was discontinued.
the program runs best with small file sizes, but starts coughing with the now standard real world ( not Fuji ) 12 Megapixel sized files.
It seems that with the extinction of the Fuji line of cameras the company may to have run into major structural problems and loss of clientele.
Hence the fundraiser strategies they are trying to apply now.

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 7, 2012)

continued from part one:

Please keep in mind that this is a French outfit that shrouds itself
quite a bit in mystery.
Many findings in regards to lenses and sensors are not disclosed on their multiple websites.
A little bit more transparency would not doubt invigorate more trust in the company rather then
spending €200.on a program of which we only learn that it comes from a company located just outside of Paris ( and this you will only learn once you payed in full and received their rather late Holiday greetings ).
I personally am a little tired of providing funding for software offerings that
are not really up to task and need "public funding" ( European style no doubt) to survive.
Nevertheless I payed my dues and bought the program.

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bricci_mn
By bricci_mn (Jan 4, 2012)

it is all right with the final result of the software, but this software is seriously slow in opening and very lacking of makers and combinations of bodies and lenses...

I'll try to use it till its trial time ends. But then...

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f22photos
By f22photos (Jan 2, 2012)

I started using DxO a little over a year ago and I quickly became a HUGE fan of the product, to me it seemed very intuitive, and I was willing to put up with the somewhat slow processing speeds because of the exemplary results.

However, whilst the move from v6 to v7 has resulted in a considerable improvement in processing speed, images typically take about 1/3rd of the time to process in v7 as in v6 on my system, the downside is that DxO have completely crippled the primary "Projects" workflow to the point where it is unusable for an event-type shooter like myself.

The only time I could imagine using the product now would be if I had a dozen or so "happy snaps" to work with; processing 500-1000+ images from an event simply isn't possible.

Such a shame; I guess I'll be working with v6 'til they kill it off, then I'll be looking for an alternative.

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 1, 2012)

Very c l u n c k y software ...

... and as a proud owner ( yes I bought it ! )
I should know what I am talking about.

There are several things missing :
Sigma and Kodak cameras would not work at all.

Canon is only represented by a very limited limited stock of modules -
as Tilt shifts and such are completely missing.

Verdict:
Unless you have an obsession with standard zoom lenses,
have an array of standard DSLR's o r love to watch slow performing software,
you will not gain much from this glossy offering.

P.S. There also seems to be an unethical trend of pressuring people into buying
by time limiting offers
- today the software was s t i l l available at xmas prices.

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JayJackson
By JayJackson (Jan 1, 2012)

DXO is a great asset to have especially for Canon and Nikon owners, Pentax owners however have to be content with the odd token module every now and then and virtually nil support for third party lenses.

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pjog
By pjog (Dec 23, 2011)

I quite like DXO, and it has gradually improved over the years. I'd like to see the module for the Nikon D700 and Samyang 14mm lens, which was on the upcoming list for a while but then vanished. I'd have thought it an ideal candidate for a DXO module.

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 2, 2012)

As the Samyang 14/2.8 has huge amounts of barrel mixed with mustache distortion this would be an example , where DxO could score major points.
Of course that would involve real work :-)

... has anybody else realized that on their DxOMark website they do not disclose the results for the 14-24 Nikkor.
- I wonder why that is ???

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frank200
By frank200 (Dec 23, 2011)

My suggestion would be if you have Lightroom and some nik or onone plug ins stick with it an buy film pack 3 it is the perfect combination wait until Dxo makes it compatible with NIK or other plugins

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frank200
By frank200 (Dec 23, 2011)

for me the biggest problem is that is NOT compatible with NIK or ONONE software you can NOT integrated the way you can do i in lightroom. and I have Dxo 7 and lightroom I like them both

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KassB
By KassB (Dec 22, 2011)

I'm put off by how laggy this program is. I'm comparing the lightroom 3 demo, and it is a lot less aggrivating in that regard.

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epo001
By epo001 (Dec 22, 2011)

How about compatibility with old software? I have Photoshop CS3 on Lion, the dxo site says nothing helpful about CS3.

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urbanity
By urbanity (Dec 22, 2011)

I would upgrade to 7 if there was any prospect of the Oly XZ1 being supported in the future. Unfortunately the upgrade offer is running out in a few hours time :(

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f8andshowup
By f8andshowup (Dec 22, 2011)

While DxO's effects and image quality are top notch, it is definitely some of the most unstable software with the worst and most confusing interface I've ever seen. It literally tries to "take" over your computer with its garish, overblown interface, even when used as a plug-in. It's almost as if it's authors were arrogant and overly cocky about their approach to interface design. Unlike Lightrooom, Aperture, and even (dare I say it) Photoshop, the interface never shows any kind of elegance, intuitive design, or clarity.

I would buy it if they would only redesign the interface and get the bugs out, because the results are great, but DxO software a true offense to usability. What a shame.

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bigjoshua
By bigjoshua (Dec 22, 2011)

May be this is good app however non of my camera/lens combination present in it. I have Nikon d300s with Nikkor AF-S IF-ED f/2.8D (17-35, 28-70 and 80-200) lens, so as for me this app just useless. Especially after releasing Nikon Capture NX2.3 and creating camera/lens profile for Photoshop CS5.
I sent message with THE question regarding preset to CS and have no respond (around 2 weeks).

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don102
By don102 (Dec 21, 2011)

what is difference between standard and elite optics pro

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greensturm
By greensturm (Dec 29, 2011)

Standard goes for DX and Elite for FX Cameras.

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 2, 2012)

In other words "ELITE" is just French for more expensive !!!

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Dan Ortego
By Dan Ortego (Dec 21, 2011)

The Mac trial I currently have is v.7.01 so I hope the paid version of v7.1 is faster and doesn't crash or lockup my 12gb MacPro as often. Either way, its a great program and remains as the cornerstone for post.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 21, 2011)

Thanks Dan.
7.1 should definitely solve most of your crashes.

Axel

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 2, 2012)

No it does not crash
... but it almost as c l u n k y as Sigma Photo Pro 4.

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stevebreheny
By stevebreheny (Dec 21, 2011)

Just purchased this software online. They took my money and indicated payment confirmation. No download link provided or Order Confirmation Email. What kind of shoddy outfit are these guys?? Where is my software??

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 21, 2011)

Hi Steve,

Something must have gone wrong during your purchase. I will have a look immediately.
Can you send me a private message with the email address you used in your customer account to identify your purchase?

Axel

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deprivedview
By deprivedview (Jan 2, 2012)

... and then they charge $14.95 for a real hard copy of the soft ware !

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stanginit
By stanginit (Dec 20, 2011)

I just downloaded the trial version of I believe 7.0. My Mac freezes and many of the features do not work. I am not impressed as a first time user. there is a thread about it in the digital review section of this site.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

This doesn't sound like a normal behavior for DxO Optics pro.
Did you try and send a ticket to our support so that they can help you find what's going wrong?
Here is the link: http://help.dxo.com/uniform/?lang=intl

Axel

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like a bumblebee
By like a bumblebee (Dec 21, 2011)

I had same problem with trial version (three or four tickets sent - Windows). It seems like it did not like clicking on a new file catalog before the selected catalog had fully loaded.

Another concern was that the stock setting for Olympus E-3 with 12-60/2.8-4 produced harsh jagged edges on overhead wires. Perhaps too much sharpness recovery? It did not show up on files from Canon 5DMK2. Maybe these jaggies can be fixed through learning and tuning? Right now they are a deal breaker for me (I'm on Bibble 5, which also crashes with large catalogs and also has an issue with E-3 files, although of a different kind).

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 21, 2011)

Hi,

Did you try the version 7.1 (which fixes most of the remaining bugs)? It's the one currently downloadable as trial.

For your Olympus E-3 pictures that are too sharp, can you send me a private message and we'll see how you can send us some examples of pictures to investigate.

All the best,

Axel

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like a bumblebee
By like a bumblebee (Jan 3, 2012)

Axel: update: it seems that the jaggies are caused by downsampling with default "Interpolation: Auto". They're gone with "Interpolation:Bicubic" setting. Why not make it the default mode?

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mystic star
By mystic star (Dec 20, 2011)

As you have noticed, there is a considerable interest in having mFT Lumix G Vario 7-14mm released by DxO Labs. So, is there DxO Labs commitment to release this lens in your Optics Module releases in the near future. There are many landscape and interior photographers who are using this lens and want to process RAW files using DxO.

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jwalker201
By jwalker201 (Dec 20, 2011)

I have just upgraded to version 7 and have found the workflow more straightforward and more flexible. Beware though if you are expecting your version 6 project database to be imported into version 7, as it will not be. The two databases are incompatible.

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Biu
By Biu (Dec 20, 2011)

Version 7.1 still don't have the Sony 16-50 f2.8 support which was scheduled for December. If I buy it now, would I be able to download this lens module for free when it comes out later?

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

Yes, Optics Module bringing the compatibility with new lenses are released for free every week.
By the way, I just checked and the Sony 16-50 2.8 lens is already available. Didn't Optics Pro prompt you to download a new Optics Module when you added pictures taken with this lens? If not, can you check with our support why it doesn't: http://help.dxo.com/uniform/?lang=en

All the best,

Axel

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Biu
By Biu (Dec 21, 2011)

Thanks for the reply. Just checked again. The 16-50 f2.8 is currently only available for A77 body. For the A55, the roadmap now indicated a delay to Jan 2012. Hope there is no more delay as the 16-50 distortion correction is the main reason for me to buy.

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Scott Nicol
By Scott Nicol (Dec 20, 2011)

Been using 7 for a few weeks now and can say that its a great upgrade if you need the new profiles (e.g. Sony A77) with some nice interface tweaks and a noticeable speed increase on my PC (less so on my Macbook Pro but that was already fast). If you have version 6.6 and don't need the new profiles / were happy with the speed, its a nice rather than essential upgrade as core image processing functionality is the same. The upgrade cost for existing users is reasonable compared to some I've seen, support has been excellent - I had a few issues with 6.x and every time I contacted DXO, I had personal responses within 1 working day from people that seemed to know what they were talking about rather than reading off a help sheet. I recommend DXO to all my photog friends but they seem obsessed with Adobe products - and then moan about the time it takes to learn how to use them! DXO is the most powerful EASY to use Raw processor on my PC.. and I've got 8 of them installed at the moment!

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Thanks Scott :)

Axel

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GaryW
By GaryW (Dec 22, 2011)

I agree -- it's easy to use. I usually only need a few minor adjustments to get what I want. But initially, I did have to spend time to come up with a preset that got me close to what I generally want. So now, I start with that preset and only need to vary a bit.

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Davide Trombini
By Davide Trombini (Dec 20, 2011)

I have to say that for the first time I've managed to use it without any crash, extremely frequent with the versions 6.x.

There is still no support for the Sigma 150-500.

I really like the workflow, for me so much better than LR. Speed seems to be fair but occasionally the program still hangs to resume after about half a minute. Can be a 32 bits issue? I'm running 64 bits Windows and the first test was done on an i7 with 4 cores, hyper-threading and 16GB RAM.

I'm probably wrong, but I think the Standard version didn't support the same lenses as for the Elite version. Can some body confirm?

I'll do some more test as long as the time allows it.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi Davide,

The difference between Elite and Standard versions is only on the number of supported cameras.
If a camera is available in the Standard Edition, all the supported lenses will be available in Optics pro for this camera.

Axel

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Davide Trombini
By Davide Trombini (Dec 20, 2011)

Thanks!

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greensturm
By greensturm (Dec 29, 2011)

Could be, since Standard is meant for DX Cameras and Elite for FX. It wouldn't make any sense for Elite to support DX Lenses.

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HeezDeadJim
By HeezDeadJim (Dec 20, 2011)

I just tried v. 7.0 and can't say I'm impressed with it's "speed". Someone mentioned that it's not 64-bit compatible (explains why it installed in x86 folder) and it's slider is constantly doing the spinning circle.

Given that LR/ACR have a slight delay too, but having a quad-core CPU and 8GB of RAM it's to a minimal (and that's with Canon 7D RAW photo). Moving all those sliders isn't all that noticeable in LR/ACR. This program is too slow, and I would have liked to see how much pep it could get with a proper 64-bit version.

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Dec 20, 2011)

Axel:
I do agree that companies need to make money and I don't mind paying...what I do mind is that your grace period for a free upgrade was less than 3 months.

The norm in this industry is to pay for an upgrade every year....not every 3 months. In my case I think I got about 4 months of buggy v 6.6.

To suggest your policy for charging folks upgrade fees with less than 6 months use is the industry standard is a joke.

Do you think I have no other software ?

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

I think we agree here: In our policy, there is much less than a charged update per year. As I said in my previous message, last charged upgrade before version 7 was version 6 in December 2009.

All the best,

Axel

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Dec 21, 2011)

Please Axel...be truthful

Some of your customers like me just purchased DXO v6.6 a few months ago, not in December of 2009...we got shafted....and have been charged for an update after a mere couple of months.

...don't fret... I'm shutting up now....all I can say is that your response to customers is reminiscent of Olympus.

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greensturm
By greensturm (Dec 29, 2011)

It seems ridiculos from your point of view. I have it from 6.1 and since the price is moderate, the upgrade to 7 at 1/2 of price was acceptable for me.
But I can still understand the anger.
They could easily give an upgrade for free for those, who bought DxO in the period of 1 year.

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Thaddeus W. Pruss
By Thaddeus W. Pruss (Dec 20, 2011)

I just wonder why Panasonic’s Lumix G Vario 7-14mm F4 ASPH is still not supported by DxO? This is the most highly regarded (and prized by dpreview) Panasonic’s mFT lens with many devoted followers. Selection problem? This situation puts off many DxO potential users.

Instead, DxO Labs choses - for Panasonic mFT cameras - the combination with Olympus Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm 1:4.0-5.6 ...

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IsabelS
By IsabelS (Dec 20, 2011)

You are right on. Support for m43 lenses is abysmal. The lack of Panasonic 7-14mm is a very good example here. See today’s discussion at Micro Four Thirds Talk.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

As you surely noticed, we added quite some m4/3 cameras lately. Now that the cameras are calibrated, we will be able to release the lenses in our weekly Optics Module releases.

All the best,

Axel

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NeroMetalliko
By NeroMetalliko (Dec 20, 2011)

I own a Panasonic GF1 with 14-45 and 45-200 zoom,
20mm-f1.7 and Olympus 45mm-f1.8.

Currently only the 20mm is supported as camera module
and I'm sad to see that both the zoom lenses are not planned for support.

The 14-45 and 45-200 zoom lenses were released back in 2008.
The 14-45 is not an esoteric lens, it was the kit lens sold with all the first generation of Panasonic m43 cameras
(and still is slightly better than the more recent 14-42).
This means that a vast majority of the Panasonic m43 camera users own it and uses it.
So I'm wondering why those two zoom lenses are still not supported today,
and, in my humble opinion, this has nothing to do with the need to get the new camera bodies to be calibrated.

BTW, I have tried the DxO 6.6 some months ago,
but, as expected, the lack of the 14-45 amd 45-200 modules was a no-go for me.
I Hope this will be addressed soon,
because I will be more than happy to give another try to the current rev. 7.

Thanks for the attention,
Ciao :)

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

I was told that both the 14-45 and 45-200 are about to be added to the m4/3 that will soon be calibrated. I don't have a date yet, but there is a clear focus on m4/3 at the moment.

Axel

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NeroMetalliko
By NeroMetalliko (Dec 21, 2011)

Hello,

it's really nice to see a DxO team member offering feedback here,

I'm happy to hear these news,
once the 14-45 and 45-200 modules are added I will try again for sure.

Many thanks.
Ciao :)

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attila_feher
By attila_feher (Dec 21, 2011)

Hi Axel,
Are there any plans for standard FourThirds lenses on MFT cameras? FYI I am happily using an Olympus FT 14-54 2.8-3.5 II Zuiko lens on my Olympus E-PL2 with the FT-MFT adapter.

I agree that the whole stuff is a bit bulky, but there is no MFT f2.8 zoom lens available yet. Moreover, the new MFT cameras tend to have better sensors than the FT DSLRs, so I don't think that the "marriage" between a faster FT lens to a newer MFT camerera is so unnatural.

Regards, Attila

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frank200
By frank200 (Dec 20, 2011)

Thank you so much DxO Optics Pro 7 is fantastic, Highly recommendable.
I got version 6 lucky me i got it just few weeks before version 7 was release so I got a Free upgrade :-) I just wish Filmpack 3 was part of it and not a separate addition that you have to buy I know that is on sale but $100 still to pricey

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Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Dec 20, 2011)

I which their forum would be a bit more active. I am trying to correct fisheye with a trial version and I am afraid it will expire before I get my answers!
I wanna believe in it but still couldn't correct any of my fisheye successfully :(

If you have an idea, drop it here or in the forum:
http://forum.dxo.com/showthread.php?t=5758

Thanks in advance

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

I forwarded your message internally. They should be able to help you quickly on the forum.

Axel

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Zuzullo
By Zuzullo (Dec 20, 2011)

Thanks you!

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Hampi
By Hampi (Dec 20, 2011)

It is 99 USD = 99 EUR...??
I smell it some discrimination...also for Samsung NX Users

maybe next time on version10.1...:P

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foto2021
By foto2021 (Dec 20, 2011)

USD price does not include any sales tax.

EUR price includes VAT at an average of 20%.

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mrjamesabels
By mrjamesabels (Dec 19, 2011)

I had the best results removing CA from my Pentax K5 and using the DA*16 -50 zoom. This lens has pretty bad CA and Lightroom/ACR was little use in fixing it. I was happy with my results but wish it was integrated into LR3. Adobe buy them up. They have powerful techniques in lens corrections!

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putomax
By putomax (Dec 19, 2011)

on my grandma's mac run

.............................................. lightroom (sometimes raw developer)
...........................................................................................
..........................................................................
......................... rawtherapee ( getting better, sometimes rpp)
........................................................
...........................................
..... dxo, cp1, bibble, etc (i relay try... somehow acd pro)

nik
foto_chop
and topazes if exotic's needed

don't get mad
i probably spend too
much time inside of me

gashô

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Nikonworks
By Nikonworks (Dec 19, 2011)

Do not waste your money.
DXO will not automatically, nor manually, update modules on a 64 bit system.
Their support offered no help on the issue.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 19, 2011)

Hi,

Optics Pro works perfectly on my Windows 7 64 bits - and many more :)
I can check with the support team, but difficult to help you if you're not a bit more specific ;)

Axel

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frank200
By frank200 (Dec 20, 2011)

It works perfect on my Windows 7 64 bits maybe there is a problem with your computer

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gabidan
By gabidan (Dec 21, 2011)

I confirm full functionality on my Win7 64bit, no problems at all.

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f22photos
By f22photos (Dec 31, 2011)

Indeed, v6.6 and 7.1 work flawlessly on my Win7 Pro 64Bit custom built system.

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Kinematic Digit
By Kinematic Digit (Dec 19, 2011)

Well it's good to see that they actually met a deadline for a change, so good for them finally. Perhaps this will resolve any of the version updates that have caught people at the worst time.

I bought version 5 back when the 5Dmk2 was new and not supported. They promise and promised for an update. 2-3 months late and they finally did. Fortunately they did honour those that bought that version with a free update.

LJohnK2, I'd suggest even contacting them directly about your timing issue with them. They aren't unreasonable and hopefully they will give you a free update if it is related to a promise made where you need version 7.

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LJohnK2
By LJohnK2 (Dec 19, 2011)

Biggest Software shaft I've ever seen....Buy version 6.6 in August and in November pay again for version 7.0 ?.... not even 6 months, technically not even 3 months from the announcement.

...but its a "discounted rate"...what bs !

Can't understand why anyone would deal with this vendor.... they probably will release version 8 in 2 more months and charge you again.

The headline here should be SOFTWARE SCAM.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 19, 2011)

Hi LJohnK2,

If I may, DxO Optics Pro 6 was launched almost 2 years ago. All the intermediate releases (from 6 to 6.6) were free.
I think you would agree with me that all releases can't be free, especially major ones like the version 7.
And, with an upgrade price of 49$ and a grace period for free upgrade of almost 3 month before announcement, I have the feeling that our upgrade policy is among the most favorable.

Axel

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brkl
By brkl (Dec 19, 2011)

It's been mentioned, but I'll mention it again in case they're listening. Proper DNG support is a must. I would have bought the thing when 7 came out if it read my DNGs.

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Corros
By Corros (Dec 19, 2011)

DNG files from my Pentax are supported very well

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brkl
By brkl (Dec 20, 2011)

That doesn't help me.

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 20, 2011)

Hi,

Can you be more specific? Where are your DNGs coming from?
The reason why I'm asking is that DxO Optics pro supports the DNGs of the cameras it supports.
In fact, when we add the support for a camera RAW format we add much more than just the capability to read the files. We also add all the corrections calibration. So, to support the DNG of a camera, we need to calibrate it first.

Hope this help,

Axel

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GearGuru
By GearGuru (Dec 21, 2011)

Yes, I convert my .NEFs to .DNG upon import and, no, I do not save .nefs. I really do not care for .xmp files and really like dng. My understanding is that the software does not support converted dng from Canon or Nikon. Is this correct? And why no support for these files? I obviously will not even try the software unless it can read ALL DNG files.

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Baba Ganoush
By Baba Ganoush (Dec 22, 2011)

What Axel wrote at 22:11:28 may be somewhat misleading for people who are unfamiliar with Optics Pro. Optics Pro supports the native raw files generated by certain brands of cameras, e.g., NEF raw from Nikon, but it does NOT support Adobe style DNG files that are created by other raw converter programs like Adobe's ACR or DNG Converter. In fact, if you process a camera raw file within Optics Pro and create a DNG file as output, Optics Pro cannot read the file it just created if you wish to process it further.

I purchased Optics Pro about a month ago and have installed version 7, which I run on a first gen Mac Pro under OS 10.6.8. The installation was flawless, the UI is actually pretty logical, certainly no worse than Lightroom which I use constantly, and the processing speed on my machine is quite good, almost frisky. As it happens, v7 has modules for all of my cameras and lenses, including the Panasonic G3 that was just delivered to my door 10 minutes ago!

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piet debuysscher
By piet debuysscher (Dec 23, 2011)

this is not a DxO problem. Most raw convertors do not include the required lens info in their DNG output; You can verify this by manually copying the Maker info from your NEF into the non-camera generated DNG (use Exiftool). As soon as you have done that, DxO will happily read the file and apply the corrections.
I use C1 and have the same issue, but PhaseOne is not receptive to add the missing info.

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migus
By migus (Dec 19, 2011)

Samsung NX series and EX1 not supported

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Michael_13
By Michael_13 (Dec 19, 2011)

Also no support for Oly XZ-1. Why don't they offer DNG support? Too expensive due to licenses?

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Corros
By Corros (Dec 25, 2011)

Read the reply before this post by piet debuysscher.

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carpediem007
By carpediem007 (Dec 19, 2011)

When are they going to support the DNG format as input files???

And when will I be able to use it on my Ricoh GXR RAW files?

I find it very commendable, that they still introduce new camera/lens modules for the Canon 20D, but I find it deplorable that there's so little support for cameras from the "smaller" manufacturers...

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OBI656
By OBI656 (Dec 19, 2011)

I am a long time user of DxO along with Aperture and Lightroom and I must say, that latest version is second to non.

If you know what you are doing then you will fall in Love with this software in no time !

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 19, 2011)

Thanks OBI656.

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Naveed Akhtar
By Naveed Akhtar (Dec 19, 2011)

How good it is on other fronts, like .. exporting photos to web, flickr facebook etc
and does it got noise reduction too?

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Axel from DxO Labs
By Axel from DxO Labs (Dec 19, 2011)

Hi Naveed,

Yes, Dxo Optics Pro 7 does export to Flickr (as did v6.6).
It also offers an excellent noise reduction, which is often recognized as one of the best by specialized journalists:
"Fantastic recovery of image detail, noise reduction, and geometry correction." (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2397431,00.asp)
"extraordinary noise reduction performance" (http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/dxo/optics-pro.htm)

All the best,

Axel

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attila_feher
By attila_feher (Dec 21, 2011)

Hi Axel,
Is there any high-ISO noise processing improvement over 6.6?

For low-mid ISO pics DxO 6.x is really OK.

But for the high-ISO pictures I have taken with my Olympus E-510 or E-PL2 I still prefer Noiseware. As far as I noticed, the DxO 6.x noise reduction is excellent for prints, but for screen (especially at 1:1 pixel display) the remaining noise is a bit harsh.

Regards, Attila

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Don Wiss
By Don Wiss (Dec 19, 2011)

I see they are listing mirrorless cameras. I thought those cameras had lens correction built in? What does this software give me for a m4/3 camera?

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JackRoch
By JackRoch (Dec 19, 2011)

Geometry and vignetting correction for lenses. The correction you refer to applies to in-camera jpgs but not RAW files - and therefore also need DxO to provide modules for each lens you own to do those particular corrections.

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DemonDuck
By DemonDuck (Dec 19, 2011)

Lightroom 3 is also on sale from Adobe for $199.00.

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GK UK
By GK UK (Dec 19, 2011)

It may be my lack of experience with DxO, but whilst it is showing support for both the Sony a65 and the sony 18-250 lens, I can't get it to open the raw file. Am I missing something as I thought adding the camera to the list of supported models would also include supporting images taken in raw? It works with raw files taken with my a200.

At this rate I wouldn't bank on me buying even at the discount price.

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GK UK
By GK UK (Dec 19, 2011)

Put it down to user error. Raw files are now opening in DxO.

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guyindasky
By guyindasky (Dec 20, 2011)

It's working with my A77/18-250mm combo. Have you made sure to download the module? It should do it automatically, but if not you should be able to add them under the DxO Optics Module menu item.

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Sergeg
By Sergeg (Dec 24, 2011)

Have just bought v7.1 and it has really made my A77 sing!
Love the features and quality of output.
Some functions don't seem to produce evident change, like the Shadow/Highlight Preservation? Maybe user error.
Wishlist: would love to see Recover function for the highlights, rather than the black and white point settings.

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dcstep
By dcstep (Jan 3, 2012)

I've used Optics Pro for 2.5 years and moved to v7.1 as soon as it was available. I'm operating it in Window 7, 64-bit, with a quad-core processor and 8GB of RAM. It's lighting-fast with OpenCL enabled, processing 20 to 30MB RAW images in 8 to 10-seconds.

v7.0 was buggy and would lock up during every project. v7.1 has totally fixed that, such that I haven't had any crashes at all over 15-Projects.

The noise reduction seems much improved over the 6.x versions, greatly reducing noise without killing details as much as the earlier veersions did.

The number of useable presets keeps increasing. I use it with FilmPack 3.0. I've got a handful of presets that I use 90% of the time, so I simply click on one of those, set the brighness level, tweak contrast, crop and I'm done

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michaelnel
By michaelnel (Feb 1, 2012)

I bought Optics Pro v7 yesterday without noticing that it will not open any of my DNG files. Over the years I have converted most of my various RAW files from Nikon, Canon and Panasonic cameras I have owned to DNGs for the compatibility (I didn't want to have to upgrade Photoshop to get ACR support for my more recent cameras, although I have since), smaller size, and no need for sidecar files.

I had assumed (incorrectly) that a program that can output to DNG format would be able to read them too, but I was wrong.

I emailed DXO support requesting a refund.

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