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Old Jun 23, 2007, 8:38 PM   #1
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my 5D came with the kodak bundle disc

i have always had problems with it in that for some reason after loading it the computer goes haywire and had to resort to using my daughters canon program to down load my pics

would like to get into raw shooting, but need a reputable raw program like adobe photoshop cs but the price for that program is way out of my league

any suggestions
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 4:10 AM   #2
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There are a number of image editting programs that will work with the 5D's RAW files. I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 5.0, but Corel Paint Shop Pro is also a good choice. Both are less than $100 US.

Another option is Adobe Lightroom. It's about $200 US, but it has a number of capabilities that the other two don't.

And there are some others that are free for the downloading, though I could not comment on those.
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Old Jun 24, 2007, 8:09 AM   #3
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Two free programs for raw conversion:

http://ufraw.sourceforge.net/

http://www.rawtherapee.com/index.html

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There is also Adobe Photoshop Lightroom ~ $200
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More here:

http://www.dyxum.com/darkroom/converters/list.asp

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Old Jun 25, 2007, 6:20 PM   #6
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Jim C is raw therapy fully compatible with the 5D
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I haven't used it much. But, it appears to work OK with 5D raw files.

I've been using mostly digiKam (latest 0.9.2 version now, betas before that) for raw conversion lately. It's based on Dave Coffin's dcraw.c code (as are many raw converters), with some nice setup screens for how it handles highlight recovery (leave solid white, unclip which can result in some pink when they're blown, try to reconstruct highlights using values from channels not blown).

I keep mine setup for reconstruct, and I use the AHD (Adaptive Homogeneity-Directed) algorithm. It's a slower algrorithm compared to VNG or Bicubic. But, I like it better. digiKam has the same parameters you can pass to dcraw.c from command line, with a nicer GUI wrapped around it, with good workflow for basic tasks (sharpening, resizing, etc.). Here is some more info on it:

http://www.digikam.org/?q=about/features09x

But, it's a Linux based tool. So, you'd need to install a LInux distro to use it (which is really easy to do if you want to know how to setup your PC in a dual boot configuration with both Linux and Windows).


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one more question Jim C

at least 99.9% of my pics are viewed on thecomputer monitor

very rear i would print one and it is usually to give someone

would i see a huge difference between using raw as compared to jpeg


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It depends on the shot and your settings.

The camera's jpeg processing does a pretty darn good job. Most of the time, I stick with the jpeg, even though most of the time, I shoot raw+jpeg.

The raw file comes in handy if your settings were off (exposure, white balance) and can help to save images if the highlights are a bit blown (depending on the raw converter you use).

You'll get another stop or two of worth of dynamic range with some images shooting raw (using a raw converter that can handle it properly).


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thanks for the help
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