Happily switched from Aperture to Lightroom?

Started Apr 17, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jacques Cornell
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Re: Happily switched from Aperture to Lightroom?

mpe wrote:

Aperture can certainly cope with 24MP images. I run through hundreds or thousands of 21MP RAW files per job on a 2012 13" Macbook Pro, and Aperture has absolutely no trouble keeping up. My biz partner finds LR no faster with his 36MP D800E RAW files.

If you're finding LR faster, it may be that you're comparing a new small LR catalog to a much larger and older Aperture library, or that some other factor is impacting your Aperture performance, or you're comparing to Aperture 2, not 3.

Wish that's the case.

My computer is Macbook Air 2011, Core i5, 4GB RAM, 128GB SSD

Test case:

- create empty Aperture library and Lightroom catalog

- import 5 D800 RAW files to empty aperture library

- disable quick previews to work with the actual RAW file

- open the picture and zoom to pixel level (Z shortcut key).

- measure time between pressing the key and disapearing of the Loading... indicator


Aperture 3.4.4 - 4.5 sec

Lighroom 5 beta - 1 sec

My experience is that Lightroom is significantly faster in pretty much everything. Faster computer can mask the difference, but there is a huge difference in processing performance. There are similiar differences in batch operations, opening the app, etc.

Well, that's pretty persuasive. Just one question, did you allow Aperture to finish processing the imported images before you started timing it? This makes a huge difference.

FYI, you said your files were 24MP and your camera is a D800. D800 images are 36MP.

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