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Old May 24, 2006, 4:59 PM   #1
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I've heard that the supplied DPP doesn't produce good results. The other program supplied Raw Image task has limited options and basically usest he same imaging pipline as the camera and thus results are similar to the JPEG, if not idenial. So....

I have as my older camera a fuji S5100. I normally used it in raw mode and used the freeware progrem s7raw which allowed for the following things and I would like to know which freeware equivlent there is (or the closest thing to it, I have PS6):

Most important features to me are (these are in s7raw):
  • Custom white balance (especially white balance by using "spot")[/*]
  • Exposure compensation (+/- EV)[/*]
  • Contrast, Brightness, and saturation adjustments[/*]
  • Gamma
  • Curves[/*]
  • Vignetting, CA, and perspective adjutments (although s7raw wasn't the greatest at doing these)[/*]
  • selective color adjustments
  • Export to tif and psd in both 8bit or 16 bit[/*]
Things missing from s7raw that I would love to have:
  • Level adjustments[/*]
  • Noise reduction that works[/*]
  • saturation adjustments on individual color chanels.[/*]
  • use of layers[/*]
I realize there is Camera Raw but if I were to go that route I could only afford the Elements version. As such how many of my "essentials" am I missing if I get the "elments" version?

But if at all possible, I would like to find a freeware converter that does a pretty good job. For example s7raw can come very close to Photoshop's Camera Raw in preformance. It's makers have been dedicated to suppling the software free and keeping up to date with the latest cameras. I am also aware of several "free" converters that fail dismally for Fuji cameras. As such what are my options for my Rebel XT? (I hope there is a s7raw equivlent, one that gets the job done well even if it isn't the easiest to use).

Here is an list of the software I have used to give you an idea of my background:

Photoshop elements 1.0
Photoshop 6
Corel Draw 9 (including Photo Paint)

So what would you guys recommend for raw conversion? I have already sunk $1k into the 350d and a 17-50 2.8 tamron lens and my wife isn't the happiest I have spent this much as it is. Thanks in advance!

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Old May 24, 2006, 5:47 PM   #2
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You might take a look at http://www.dxo.com/en/photo/home/default.php

Scroll down the page bit & download the demo & give it a try. Or go to LimeWire

http://www.limewire.com/english/content/home.shtml. I leave the rest to you.

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Old May 25, 2006, 10:14 AM   #3
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What about raw shooters essentials? I've heard this doesn't have levels and curves adjustments. How does it compare to Camera Raw in Elements 4?
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Old May 25, 2006, 11:41 AM   #4
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You'll love your camera, i have the XT and it's great. As for raw i have the paint pro X along with the DXO the DXO is fantastic after puting my pitchers through dxo i then do anything i need with paint pro x.
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Old May 25, 2006, 1:41 PM   #5
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Thanks, I'll look into it.

BTW, my rebel and 17-50 tamron 2.8 lens came in today.:-) To bad I'm still at work :sad:
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I use RAWSHOOTER and really like it a lot.

It's free to download, and the professional version is $59.

Really nicely done software.

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Old Jun 4, 2006, 12:55 PM   #7
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Give DPP a try before you dismiss it. It's not bad software. I also use RawShooter Essentials 2005 and DxO Optics Pro v3.5. I use DPP more often than not.
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DPP has come a long way and is not a bad program at all anymore.

However with Photoshop Elements and Camera Raw you will get everything on your list at a very reasonable price.

Well, except perhaps for noise reduction, for which you might want to download the free version of NeatImage.
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