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D800 and Topaz Labs plug-ins


Inverness, US
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ljordan316 Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2010
Wed 09-May-12 01:09 PM | edited Thu 10-May-12 02:14 AM by ljordan316

I believe I have found the limits of CS5 and Topaz Labs plug-ins for D800 generated images.

I just created a panorama of the Mittens in Monument Valley using 35 portrait-oriented shots with 1/3 overlaps. Each frame averaged 36 MB (that is a total of 1,260 MB in files). The final CS5 PSB file(could not store the image as a PSD because it was over 2 GB) with five layers of adjustments is 5.58 GB in size and CS5 takes 19 minutes to write/store the final file. The image is 88 in wide and 21 in high at 300 ppi.

When I tried to use Topaz Labs plug-ins such as Infocus to tweak the image, my computer would go into a blue-screen death every time I tried it. The Nik Viveza 2 worked fine.

By the way, I have a Dell Precision T3400 with a 3.0 GHz quad processor and 16 GB of RAM. The processor is Intel Core Extreme CPU X9650 64 bit. I am using Windows 7 Professional 64 bit with Service Pack 1 installed. I was writing/working the image from my main internal 1 TB hard disk (Samsung HD 103UJ ATA), not through a USB-connected hard disk. If I was writing through a USB connection, everything would be slower.

The good news is that CS5 could handle the image.

The image will be at the end of my Facebook album at the following link if I can get Facebook to upload it:

I just installed CS6 and ACR 7.1. What a difference they make compared with CS5. I believe Adobe is finally using multiple processors and the 64 bit OS to spin off tasks. CS6 now stores files in the background instead of tying up the machine. I could grow to like CS6 quickly.

Larry Jordan

D800E, D500, 14-24, 16-35, 24-70, 70-180 Micro, 80-400mm AF-S, 500mm AF-S II


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