Sorry, I can't resist making the first post in the new Capture One sub-forum.
I have used Capture One LE since version 3. It was my go to raw processor when I wanted the best skin tones. I believe Capture One puts a lot of effort into the camera profiles and IMO for a long time produced more accurate color than the Adobe products. I also preferred it for skin tones over the Nikon Capture products.
The Adobe profiles now in Lightroom and ACR have pretty much closed the gap with Capture One. I still use it and upgraded to version 5 recently. Even though many of Capture One's operations are counter intuitive to me, the basic imaging tools are not. I really like having photoshop-like levels and curves tools, which I prefer to their counterparts in Lightroom and ACR.
Lightroom continues to be my primary cataloging and processing program, but I find Capture One to be an excellent tool for some images.
I have it for two reasons. First, I agree that it's a great raw converter. Clearly superior to Photoshop/Bridge. Second, it previews images much faster than Bridge, which has to be the slowest viewer in existence. This is a big plus for me when sifting through hundreds of sports images from an event.
It's much faster than Photoshop, and doesn't manipulate the actual data the way some converters do.
I find the crop tool counterintuitive and wish I could figure it out works or they would change it.
The recovery, curves, and other tools are great. I also like the skin color tool, which can be quite helpful even with a raw image.
Overall I prefer it to Photoshop with the exception of the crop tool and the lack of a print module.
>I become fully happy with C1 after i imported Nikon native >color camera profiles (get them from CaptureNX). Now it works >perfect!
I am interested in how you import the camera color profile. I did follow your ftp link, but it has expired or reached its limit. I had tried to copy NkAdobe.icm from C:\Program Files\Common Files\Nikon\Profiles\ to C:\Program Files\Phase One\Capture One 5\Color Profiles\DSLR\, but it didn't works. May be I am going about it the wrong way.
Wed 27-Jul-11 11:15 AM | edited Wed 27-Jul-11 05:02 PM by Luke_Miller
>Ok. I give up how do I get the Native camera profiles (D700) >into C1?
I believe the "native" Nikon profiles mentioned in this thread were extracted from a Nikon program and put online. Other than that they appear to have been created by Nikon I have no information regarding their pedigree. I downloaded them for trial and IMO they are not an improvement over the ones provided in Capture One. The D3 and D300 profiles are comparable, but the D700 one is not nearly as good as Capture One's.
If you have the profiles they are copied into the DSLR Folder under Color Profiles in the Capture One program folder. Just make sure they don't have the same names as the C1 versions.
If you don't have them send me a PM and I'll give you a link.
I use the LE version 4 and I have found it too give far superior results to Lightroom. Obviously it's not a catalogue though and it's less intuitive. But for those really special shots I use Capture One.
I got a copy of Capture One 4.1 included when I got a Leica D-Lux 4. I have installed and activated it. It seems like a decent program, but I will need to play with it more to get proficient with it. A couple weeks ago, I got an e-mail from Phase One announcing version 5.1. Can anybody compare this to version 4.1?
I don't remember exactly, but main difference between these versions is support of many new cameras. There is also focus tool (works like Gamut warning, shows area that is in focus) and dust removal tool in new version. There is also a lot of small performance and interface improvements. You can simply download trial version and try it within 30 days.
I also use Phase ONE Capture ONE converter from the version 3 up and now I use release 4.8. And I like it very much. Why?
It has an unbeatable workflow. I usually shoot from couple of dozens to several hundreds of photos at a time. And with Capture ONE the editing is extremely fast and user-friendly.
I found Phase ONE profiles to be much better than Adobe Lightroom ones. I process both D200 and D700 NEF files and get fabulous results. NX2 is the only processor that produces results comparable to Capture ONE. Unfortunately it has an awfull workflow and is very slow compared to Capture ONE.
What I like specifically is the ability to extract enormous contrast range from the D700 files. Even extremely overexposed or high contrast files can be adjusted to show great detail in highlighted areas while not loosing the shadow details.
Just as an example I placed some colorfull photos into my gallery. Please note the fully saturated colors (especially red) without any signs of channel overexposure.
Adobe Lightroom uses Adobe Camera Raw profiles. They are very poor. I can put this raw converters in the following row: Capture NX2 and Capture One with Nikon original Profiles and Adobe Camera Raw (Photoshop and Lightroom). Adobe Camera Raw has worst color conversion mechanism.
I've been using C1 for nearly 3 years now for processing concert photography images. It handles stage lighting way better than anything else out there. For everything else (weddings, portraits, fashion etc) I still use ACR, simply because of its seemless integration with PS. The new Adobe profiles (in ACR6) are much better than they were, though still not as good as C1 but are acceptable for most things - except stage lighting where it still produces horrible banding artifacts.
Just joined the community after taking advantage of the offer to Expression Media Pro users of the Capture One 5 tool. I am very impressed. I also found the upgrade recently made to begin integration with the DAM tool a complete success. Amazing to finally see some capability in the software area from this firm. I made some further comments in my blog. Really appreciate the speed of implementation and quality of experience. I have much to learn about this new tool and look forward to seeing this forum develop further. Cheers, Christopher My_Nikonians_Gallery ~ My_Blog ~ My_website
I also have a copy of Capture One 5 because of the recent acquisition of Expression Media Pro. I have not touched it yet but might try it now based on your comments.
I have probably the most screwed up work-flow because I like the Nikon Capture NX2 Raw developer. After conversion, I save as a TIFF and open it up in PhotoShop CS4. Finish editing there using many different add-ins. Finally publish in jpeg.
If Capture One 5 matches NX2 in Raw processing, it might well be worth moving over. Trade off will be all the lost add-ins. Is raw processing in CS5 dramatically better?
I continue to move toward Capture One as my primary Raw converter with subsequent processing in PS CS5 (mainly because of available plug-ins). When I need accurate lens correction (especially when doing panos), I will use DxO, because they have many more profile combinations.
When I was a Leica shooter Capture One was the software of choice. I still keep up with the updates. It is the best for batch processing, No other software comes close IMHO. Nikon NX2 has taken over for me, and I only use C1 occasionally.
I'm a layer guy CS4 photoshop . I purchased the Capture one express "super saver half price deal " . The basic Raw editing is perfect , sharpness and color may beat CS4 , that being said there are glitchy parts ... the crop tool makes no sense .
I like the flow , but still haven't decoded all the micro symbol Icons . Its very clean and much less of a learning curve than adobe . I've only run capture one a few days . Its worth buying ..... HK
An old message thread, but I thought I'd post anyway. I've been using C1 for many years, and was a beta tester back when I had my Fuji S2 (then the S3, S5, and now a Nikon D700). I've tried many other raw converters over the years - Lightroom, Photoshop, DX0, NX2, etc, however, when I want the best results, I'll use C1. I like the workflow, and they've significantly improved process times over the years. Noise reduction has also improved, and I have no hesitation shooting at 6400 with the D700 as C1 does a good job at noise reduction (There are a few situations in which I have to do noise reduction in PhotoShop, but mainly when the exposure isn't right on). Regards, Bill
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I have been using Capture One Pro 6 since early this year. I still prefer to use Nikon Transfer to import, then do quick sorting,rating and occasionally basic crop with ViewNX. But, for easy editing-processing of choice images, I am increasingly using C1. The speed of C1 is stunning compared to CaptureNX. It is very user-friendly. It is as good as CNX in dealing with RAW, but so much faster and more reliable; it has never frozen, unlike CNX after a relatively small number of files. I would recommend one of the PODAS courses to anyone interested; but beware, the temptation to add PhaseOne medium format to Nikon collection seems irresistible.
I'd just like to share my newest experience with C1.
I recently installed 64-bit version of C1 Pro 6.3 on my new HP 8560p laptop with i5 processor and 8GB of RAM, Windows 7 64-bit.
I am using dual display option with an 1920×1200 pix external monitor connected via DisplayPort. Works like a charm. The average conversion time for pictures from D700 is about 3.5 seconds per picture.
The operation is smooth and responsive, very stable. Didn't have any crashes. C1 is still and will remain my primary RAW converter.