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Old Nov 23, 2010, 12:47 PM   #1
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Trying out the new Topaz plugin called InFocus today. So far I like the results. This is one of the pics from my 3 from today post on Sunday. I think it is much better than the one in that thread.

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Hi John,

Thanks for posting this-very timely, as I just received an e-mail announcing this product as well as a significant discount if I buy b4 12-03-2010.

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and, yes, the processed image does appear to be improved.

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Hi John,

Thanks for posting this-very timely, as I just received an e-mail announcing this product as well as a significant discount if I buy b4 12-03-2010.

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and, yes, the processed image does appear to be improved.

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I have been very impressed with what it can do. I have DeNoise 5 and Detail 2 both of which i use on almost all pics. But I can see how this one could take the place of Detail on many shots where all i want to do is compensate for camera shake or a focus that was slightly off. Very easy to use as well, took me about 15 minutes to figure out how to make it work and then a bit longer to tweak this image, this was the 3rd attempt and I used Detail to help set exposure.

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Not sure I agree- the processed image has sharpening artefacts at the edge of the tree trunk, and lots more noise in the feathers. But I too got an e-mail announcement and downloaded it, which made me curious about focussing algorithms in general, so now I'm trying out focus magic, which costs $45, but seems more sophisticated. I'll post examples when I can. I've also used Optipix's plugin which has an edge enhancer that is very clever for sharpening the picture without much noise amplification.

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Not sure I agree- the processed image has sharpening artefacts at the edge of the tree trunk, and lots more noise in the feathers. But I too got an e-mail announcement and downloaded it, which made me curious about focussing algorithms in general, so now I'm trying out focus magic, which costs $45, but seems more sophisticated. I'll post examples when I can. I've also used Optipix's plugin which has an edge enhancer that is very clever for sharpening the picture without much noise amplification.
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I'll be looking forward to seeing your results. When you do post, it would be great to post b4 and after examples.

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Not sure I agree- the processed image has sharpening artefacts at the edge of the tree trunk, and lots more noise in the feathers. But I too got an e-mail announcement and downloaded it, which made me curious about focussing algorithms in general, so now I'm trying out focus magic, which costs $45, but seems more sophisticated. I'll post examples when I can. I've also used Optipix's plugin which has an edge enhancer that is very clever for sharpening the picture without much noise amplification.
I could have deadened the artifacts but to some extent with the picture i used it was either have them or have it blurred. But like Zig I'm looking forward to seeing what the programs you mention can do. I like Topaz products in part because the work with my Elements 2 but if something out there will do a better job I'll look into it.

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Here a quick test of infocus. Not a great shot, but i really does sharpen a soft photo. Taken with my oly point and shoot that has seen better days.
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Here's a link to this subject on the Pentax forum, comparing InFocus to Focus Magic for those interested:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...cus-magic.html

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Here's a link to this subject on the Pentax forum, comparing InFocus to Focus Magic for those interested:

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/pe...cus-magic.html

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Good morning John,

Thanks for the link. The comparison images really tell the story. I'm about to download In Focus and try it out . I'll try to post a sample or two if it''s appropriate.

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Good morning John,

Thanks for the link. The comparison images really tell the story. I'm about to download In Focus and try it out . I'll try to post a sample or two if it''s appropriate.

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Please do. I'm interested in seeing how it does on shots that are already very good. I'm going to play around with a bit more and see if it will improve the shots I have that were taking with the Sigma 135-400. Would be worth the money just for that if it works.

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