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Thoughts on Capture One and Lightroomon: November 19, 2023 at 9:21 pm
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Likewise, if it sounds too horrible to be true, it probably isn’t.
I do not know Mr Donovan but honestly have a hard time understanding how two well regarded RAW processors can produce such different results with the same file, (notwithstanding Mark’s excellent questions). Like Mark, I do not shoot at ISO 10,000, but use 6,400 and occasionally 12,800 and have found that the LR Classic denoise function does an excellent job. Many years ago I tried out C1 and it just did not work out for me though it seems to work well for many others.
My issue is the inflammatory tone of the OP’s initial comments…”The photos looked like they were shot in a sandstorm! So much noise! For my documentary work, I shoot in the ISO 6400 – 10,000 range. Lightroom’s image quality at high ISO is SO BAD!!!” It is hard to read such a comment without challenge. I do not work for Adobe, but have used Lightroom Classic and Photoshop for a long, long time and have found Lightroom to be both a superb RAW processor, especially with the advent of the new masking tools, and world class cataloging tool.
This is not meant as an ad hominem attack but rather as a simple plea to be reasonable and non-inflammatory. In the internet world, extreme comments may garner clicks but do not advance our knowledge. I have learned a lot from Mark and Andrew over the years, and appreciate their comments.Re: Epson PrintersReply #1 on: November 15, 2023 at 9:03 pm
I am really enjoying PhotoPXL and have a question. I recall reading that you use a musical instrument humidifier in your printers to minimize the risks of low humidity and head clogs. I got a D’Addario Accessories Small Instrument Humidifier on Amazon. It seems pretty simple, wet the sponge and put it in the printer. I live in the Portland, Oregon suburbs and while we have a relatively moist climate, my home is heated and we occasionally travel for a few weeks.
I use an Epson P900 and while it has had its ups and downs (I now have a refurb because of paper feed issues), it does make beautiful prints. When I’m home, I print a couple of times a week and have not had problems with clogs. My former 3880 was simple uncloggable as best I can recall.
My question is simply… where in the printer do you put the humidifier? Is it in there all the time or just when you’re away and cover it. I don’t want to interfere with any moving parts, of course, if it’s in there when the printer is being used.
Thanks for any help you or anyone else might offer.
EricRe: Experience with Mac Studio DisplayReply #2 on: October 27, 2023 at 12:04 pm
Thanks for your response, Andrew. I appreciate your expertise.
Were my beloved PA271W to “die” tomorrow, what currently available 27″ monitor might you recommend?
EricRe: Computers & DisplaysReply #3 on: October 25, 2023 at 3:10 pm
I’ve been using, and loving my NEC PA271W for many years. I calibrate it regularly with Spectraview and the proprietary puck.
It is currently ten years old. I do not know how long it will survive so am beginning to look at potential replacements. None of the current NEC ‘s at B&H look like they are comparable; Eizo’s look nice but are expensive as well. I know nothing about BenQ.
Does anyone here have experience with the relatively new Mac Studio Display, not the $5k one, the $1,600 one?
Can it be accurately calibrated and with what device?
Thanks for any responses.
Re: Epson PrintersReply #4 on: October 15, 2023 at 8:30 pm
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I’m a retired bum who spends most of my time and money doing landscape and general photography, for myself, sales are rare and I don’t work at selling photographs, too much trouble.
I got excited when I read Kevin’s article on the upcoming (early 2024) replacement for the venerable P5000, the SureColor P5370. When my 13 year old 3880 finally passed, I got a P900, with some trepidation regarding its less than super sturdiness and small 50ml cartridges, translation-expensive ink. It worked well for about 6 months and then decided not to feed medium thickness papers such as Canson Platine from the rear (top) feed. After quite an adventure, Epson sent me a refurbished machine which has now been working reasonably well for the past 4 months. I usually print a few times a week.
Originally, I wanted to get the P5000 for its sturdiness and large cartridges but was hesitant because I had read that it was a “production” printer, eg if not used regularly it will clog, and no one could define “regularly.” A couple of times a year, I’m gone for 2-3 weeks; my 3880 never had a problem with these non-use durations.
The P5370 checks all the boxes (?), sturdy, large (200ml) cartridges, no ink switching (a wonderful feature of the P900), lots of other great features, and a price I could live with. I have the space for it as well.
What I do not know is whether it will clog if left for a couple of weeks. I’ll await reviews (Mark Segal has been a wonderfully helpful resource for all things printing) and see if it’s worth selling my P900.