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MiraShootsNikon Contributing Member • Posts: 765
Adobe on Nikon vs. Adobe on Canon

LarH wrote:

I think you're going to have a lot of company over there in canon land Jim.Me included. Nikon seems to not give a damn about their customers. - Larry

One of the most intriguing and frustrating aspects of the digital photography workflow--for me, anyway--is the difference in the way common tools handle different camera platforms.

Obviously, you don't have to be a persnickety pixel-peeper to notice that Adobe (and Capture One, DxO, Aperture, AfterShot, Darktable, etc.) all convert RAW quite differently than does Nikon software. So the Nikon shooter's workflow ends up being somewhat controversial by nature: either you embrace what Nikon gives you or you learn to work with an image processing start point that's often radically at odds with what you chimped while shooting, or with image processing parameters and shifts that seem "uncalibrated" to your camera's particular strengths.

However, if you're serious about switching, one of the first things you'll notice on the other side(s) of the fence is the absence of that controversy. For whatever reason, Adobe (and the others) do a much better job of hitting OEM Canon color and tone out of the gate.

With Lightroom 4 and 5, some people argue the Adobe Nikon calibrations are pretty close (hello, Reilly D), and I agree. But the Adobe Canon calibrations just nail it--they're not "pretty close," they're just it. And that has always been the case. Even back in the days when "Adobe Standard" was the only calibration, it just so happened that the "Adobe Standard" for Canon looked a whole lot like Canon's "faithful" color and tone.

There are other, different frustrations in the Canon workflow, to be sure. But I wanted to point this difference out to the potential switchers out there: if you do pick up a Canon rig, it's worth looking at software like Lightroom or Adobe Camera Raw (or even Capture One, Aperture, etc.) with a new eye.

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