Black Friday: Save 40%-50% on all DXO software, including PhotoLab 4 & Nik Collection 3

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DXO has launched its Black Friday deals for this year, and they’re pretty great. You can get all of their software for 40-50% off both new purchases and upgrades.
These deals will expire on November 30, 2020.
DXO PhotoLab 4

DXO PhotoLab 4 ELITE Edition $119 (Reg $199)
DXO PhotoLab 4 Essential Edition $64 (Reg $129)
DXO PhotoLab 4 Upgrade $59 (Reg $89)

Nik Collection 3 by DXO

Nik Collection 3 $74 (Reg $149)
Nik Collection 3 Upgrade  $39 (Reg $79)

DXO FIlmpack 5

DXO FIlmpack 5 ELITE Edtiion $64 (Reg $129)
DXO FIlmpack 5 Upgrade $34 (Reg $69)

DXO Viewpoint 3

DXO Viewpoint 3 New $39 (Reg $79)
DXO Viewpoint 3 Upgrade $24 (Reg $49)

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Well, for those of you with a R camera on the fence regarding getting DXO photolab or something else, I would strongly suggest you just go ahead and get the elite version at their sale price. I'm really happy I got into it, and enjoy using it as my main ranking & easy overall editing tool, with Affinity Photo for anything else I might want to do.
 
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Canon Rumors Guy

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Well, for those of you with a R camera on the fence regarding getting DXO photolab or something else, I would strongly suggest you just go ahead and get the elite version at their sale price. I'm really happy I got into it, and enjoy using it as my main ranking & easy overall editing tool, with Affinity Photo for anything else I might want to do.

I'm loving PhotoLab 4, even if for nothing more than the "DeepPRIME" noise reduction... it's worth it.
 
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I just bought this as well, last month when it was $149. I have a 5D3 and M50, so I can't comment on the performance on R series images. But otherwise I really like it. I feel like just a few clicks and its a better image than I can do in DPP (at least in the same amount of time). And the noise reduction is very good. Lightroom is too expensive for me, year after year, so this seems like a great alternative, even if I have to buy an upgrade or two along the way.

-Brian
 
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Tip for purchasing DxO software. They bring out new versions towards the end of October with a 30% discount until mid-November or so. Then they give 40-50% discount for Black Friday. I knew this but bought in October because I needed it for the R5 - it was worth it.
 
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Well, for those of you with a R camera on the fence regarding getting DXO photolab or something else, I would strongly suggest you just go ahead and get the elite version at their sale price. I'm really happy I got into it, and enjoy using it as my main ranking & easy overall editing tool, with Affinity Photo for anything else I might want to do.

I've been thinking to get either DXO or Affinity.

Can you please go into a little more detail what you use each one for? And for someone who does not have any tool other than the ones free from Canon (I have an M50 for now), would it make sense to get both or does each one do pretty much the same thing as the other.

Also, I'd like for there to be a way to use a slide, so that you can see the original photo and the modified photo at the same time, where the slide will reveal more of one version and the remaining view of the other as the user adjust the slide (not sure what that feature is called).

And also a feature where both versions can be seen, in full, at the same time.

And if not asking too much :) , a way to toggle back and forth between the modified version and the original (this would allow me to see the image larger, and therefore in more detail, than when viewing both versions simultaneously).
 
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I've been thinking to get either DXO or Affinity.

Can you please go into a little more detail what you use each one for? And for someone who does not have any tool other than the ones free from Canon (I have an M50 for now), would it make sense to get both or does each one do pretty much the same thing as the other.

Also, I'd like for there to be a way to use a slide, so that you can see the original photo and the modified photo at the same time, where the slide will reveal more of one version and the remaining view of the other as the user adjust the slide (not sure what that feature is called).

And also a feature where both versions can be seen, in full, at the same time.

And if not asking too much :) , a way to toggle back and forth between the modified version and the original (this would allow me to see the image larger, and therefore in more detail, than when viewing both versions simultaneously).
I shoot raw, and use DXO PL4 to rate the images, delete what I don't want, copy what I like so I can work on virtual copies of them. I like to store the images in a nested file structure of my own making, and PL4 lets me do that. The image-wide editing of lots of things (brightness, contrast, saturation, noise reduction) is super easy and really effective in doing what you want with great results (for Canon raw or other stuff like M43 more grainy files as I've done both) and the noise reduction is really spectacular. It can also do misc stuff like bandaid touchup, mask drawing and effects, slider left-right (or both side by side or toggle between them) to see original vs modified etc, and a lot of stuff I've not learned. Get the Elite version as it has additions for perspective corrections where you can adjust image stretching etc really well, in addition to other stuff. I recently posted 10 photos of my cat, using only PL4: you can see what it did for me with fairly little effort at:


I also use Affinity Photo, and strongly suggest you do get both (they're both very affordable!). In addition to it being more of a photoshop replacement, it is the only program I know that can handle super-mega size files, like a 1.2 GPixel pano that I'd make - where I can just travel through it with zooming at fast speed (and not crash) as well as make lots of intricate touch-ups that might not be available in PL4. It also does pano stitching, although I've not used it since I got used to using PTGui and haven't bothered to learn to use AP for that. It also does HDR stuff, heif input, and lots of other stuff, but I don't use it as much as one could since most of what I do is in PL4.

Both PL4 and AP have lots of tutorials that can help you learn to use the system. Get them both and you'll be happy!
 
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I shoot raw, and use DXO PL4 to rate the images, delete what I don't want, copy what I like so I can work on virtual copies of them. I like to store the images in a nested file structure of my own making, and PL4 lets me do that. The image-wide editing of lots of things (brightness, contrast, saturation, noise reduction) is super easy and really effective in doing what you want with great results (for Canon raw or other stuff like M43 more grainy files as I've done both) and the noise reduction is really spectacular. It can also do misc stuff like bandaid touchup, mask drawing and effects, slider left-right (or both side by side or toggle between them) to see original vs modified etc, and a lot of stuff I've not learned. Get the Elite version as it has additions for perspective corrections where you can adjust image stretching etc really well, in addition to other stuff. I recently posted 10 photos of my cat, using only PL4: you can see what it did for me with fairly little effort at:


I also use Affinity Photo, and strongly suggest you do get both (they're both very affordable!). In addition to it being more of a photoshop replacement, it is the only program I know that can handle super-mega size files, like a 1.2 GPixel pano that I'd make - where I can just travel through it with zooming at fast speed (and not crash) as well as make lots of intricate touch-ups that might not be available in PL4. It also does pano stitching, although I've not used it since I got used to using PTGui and haven't bothered to learn to use AP for that. It also does HDR stuff, heif input, and lots of other stuff, but I don't use it as much as one could since most of what I do is in PL4.

Both PL4 and AP have lots of tutorials that can help you learn to use the system. Get them both and you'll be happy!
Does it make sense to use PL4 as an initial RAW processor, and use Exposure X6 as a separate photo editor (I like its analogue effects and presets)? Or Exposure X6 as a plugin to PL4?
 
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usern4cr

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Does it make sense to use PL4 as an initial RAW processor, and use Exposure X6 as a separate photo editor (I like its analogue effects and presets)? Or Exposure X6 as a plugin to PL4?
I don't know what Exposure X6 is. Maybe you can describe it to me?
 

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I don't know what Exposure X6 is. Maybe you can describe it to me?
It started off as a plugin for lightroom primarily for film effects ( https://exposure.software) and gradually evolved into an independent photo editor. It is a non-destructive editor with lots of presets, and the reviews I came across essentially said that it wasn't that great as a RAW processor, which is why I am considering pairing with PhotoLab4. Thank you.
 
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It started off as a plugin for lightroom primarily for film effects ( https://exposure.software) and gradually evolved into an independent photo editor. It is a non-destructive editor with lots of presets, and the reviews I came across essentially said that it wasn't that great as a RAW processor, which is why I am considering pairing with PhotoLab4. Thank you.
I don't know if PL4 could accept plug-ins like this from other (unrelated) companies. I doubt it, but if anyone here knows one way or another, then please let both of us know!
 
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