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Lightroom 4.3 with Canon 6D RAW - Issues Compared to DPP

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I have been shooting with a Canon T2i since they rolled out and started RAW shooting shortly afterwards.  I purchased LR3 (at the time) during one of the Adobe one-day sale and have been sold ever since.  That is, until I just purchased a Canon 6D as what I would see as a great upgrade.

Almost every reviews of the 6D is stellar and I was ready for better low light shooting, etc. that the full frame would provide.  I have been running LR4.3 since it was released in mid-December.  Although there is a difference in LR between the T2i and 6D, the differences are not significant at all.  I am shooting the same f-stop, same ISO, same shutter speed and look 1:1 in LR.  I've tried the T2i with my 18-135 EF-S and with the new 24-105L with similar results.

I decided to try DPP for the RAW and was greatly impressed with the results as compared to LR.  Huge difference with my test shots.  These shots are tough - night time on my back deck with a fresh snowfall and with floodlights on.  Shooting as high as 10,000ISO with the 6D and 6400ISO with the T2i.  I've also tried the same shot with a 580EXII on each and results are again not significantly different in LR but quite different in DPP.

I tried RAW+JPG and the JPG is almost identical to the shot in DPP.  LR remains very grainy and I can reduce this with the Details slider but with the obvious loss of detail.

Just wondering if others have seen this?  Opening each image in DPP, saving it and then importing to LR would be tedious and time consuming.  I could shoot more in JPG but this is not my desire - at all.


Mt Spokane Photography:
Its pretty tough to help unless you post a raw image  or a link to one.
Post images from your T2i as well.  High ISO images of 12800 and 25600 will be where the big difference is, so post those too.
Its very difficult for us to imagine what you might be seeing.
Its not particularly difficult or tedious to export images from DPP to lightroom, just one mouse click can export one or a thousand of them.
That batch process button you see in the top icon bar at the far right is what does it.  You do need to do a one time setup in the panel that comes up when you click the button, and when you import the images, plan ahead and place them in a folder of their own. 
All the images in the folder you select will be processed and exported to lightroom as tiff files, and oppened in lightroom, just one click!

Thanks for your thoughts.... maybe I should have posted this to the software forum?

I am attaching 4 images:
(1) 6D in DPP
(2) 6D in LR4.3
(3) T2i in DPP
(4) T2i in LR

While there is definitely a difference in the quality of the difference in IQ from the T2i to the 6D, this really punches through with the DPP converter as compared to the LR.

Here is one more example....

Another image:
(1) LR4.3
(2) DPP
(3) JPG processed in the 6D

The JPG is much closer to the DPP image than that of LR.

Bdg, what you are seeing here is purely the difference in how DPP processes noise compared to LR4.3. In my experience DPP tends to lean towards total noise and texture removal whereas LR4.3 tends to focus on retaining texture structure while reducing luminance and chroma noise.

The key piece of info you have left out is: What are your LR4.3 sharpening and noise reduction sliders set to? The sharpening might be set to high detail and the noise reduction to less than 15. In this case you will definitely see much more noise in LR compared to DPP as DPP has so little control of how much noise reduction you can apply.

Follow these links for detailed explanation on LR sharpening and noise reduction


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