Simple RAW processing - OK?

Started Dec 31, 2012 | Discussions thread
Detail Man
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Re: Simple RAW processing - OK?

Rens wrote:

Detail Man wrote:

Evidently, the OP does not have the final release of ACR 6.7 (which does support E-M5 ORF RAWs, and runs on PS 5.x). It is the only version of ACR for which that is the case. Download it here:



Problem solved, then. No Adobe DNG Converter required ...

This sounds a much neater soloution than a dedicated to put files into before converting. I'll check it out.

Download, install, and you are done ! The plug-in is free of charge.

In the meantime, apart from any inconvenience, am I losing IQ by opening in Olympus viewer 2 and saving as TIFFs?

I don't use Olympus Viewer 2. The answer depends upon the quality of de-mosaicing, any smoothing/sharpening that may occure (pre or post de-mosaicing), and what the application may do to the image in terms of RGB tone-curve transfer-functions prior to exporting as a (16-bit, I presume) TIF image-file.

The answer also depends on how well PS 5.x does with (16-bit, I presume) TIFs relative to how it would do with ACR 6.7 installed processing the RAWs.

Another thing to be aware of is that the efficacy and quality of LR-3.x/ACR-6.x NR (particularly the Color NR) is notably better when processing RAWs than it is when processing 16-bit TIFs (because at least parts of the NR processing appear to occur on a RAW, pre-demosaicing level).

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