DxO has released a new version of Optics Pro. The new version is DxO Optics Pro 9, and DxO has a special upgrade price until November 20th. I just upgraded my version 8 to version 9 for $69. After November 20th the upgrade price will be $99.
I've been a user of DxO for several years and bought the upgrade. I like the feature of seeing what a variety of presets can do before selecting the most appropriate. It imported all of my existing presets with no problem.
Thanks Mark. The Standard version is OK with me as I have a D300s. The Elite version accommodates the "more expensive cameras" (read Pro, semi-pro cameras) such as the Dn, D600, and D800 cameras, which I'm not currently considering at this time.
I have a a different post stream going in this forum, "DxO Software", in which I'm looking for DxO user input so I can decide whether to pull the trigger on Optics Pro 9 or not. I currently have LR5, CNX2, PSE10, and VNX, which serve me well.
While others suffer from NAS, Nikon Acquisition Syndrome, I suffer from SAS, Software Acquisition Syndrome. Focus and noise are my demons. A tripod helps a lot with the focus but the noise is a problem above ISO 400. DxO is supposed to have a heavy-duty noise suppressor but I haven't seen is yet. At least not any better the LR5.
Since I got DxO Optics Pro I have not used Capture NX2. LightRoom is powerful and does more Photoshop-like things than does DxO Optics Pro, but since I have Photoshop Extended CS6, I do not miss these features.
I really like the camera/lens profiles created by the DxO technicians. LightRoom has user generated profiles. It really is a personal choice that one need to decided based on specific workflow needs.
Tue 05-Nov-13 08:30 AM | edited Tue 05-Nov-13 08:34 AM by mpage
Here was the first test I did with DxO.
This correction was accomplished by merely opening up the image in DxO Optics Pro with the camera/lens profile. It corrected for exposure, color, barrel distortion, and vignetting. The shadow was caused by the on-camera speedlight and the lens.