RAW Conversion

In an attempt to evaluate RAW conversion apps, I converted and compared several images in three apps.  Lightroom(and Photoshop), Luminar 2018 and Capture One Express for Fuji.  Part of my motivation was to get around the ‘worms’ problem with Lightroom.  If you read my conclusions – see RAW Convertors –  you will see I thought Capture One was an excellent raw convertor for the Fuji X-Trans.

However, I must report that I will not be using Capture One at all. Why? Because, on my MacPro running Sierra Capture One crashes constantly. These are not “the application quit unexpectly” crashes but crashes that take out the Finder; the only way to recover is to force a Power Off, then Power on. I have no idea, and am not going to attempt to debug, why this happens. I’ll let someone else take that on. So, no matter how good it is at converting raw files, it’s not useful.

Because Capture One doesn’t work for me, I decided to try out the most recent version of ON1 Photo Raw 2019. The comparison has been added to the bottom of the page. Executive Summary – ON1 is very good. I’ll stick with Luminar, ON1 and the Adobe world.