> Am considering purchasing the LX3. So ... how can I work on the .RW2 files in LR2 and PS?
The correct answer is that you will be able, and it's only a question of when. My own
guess would be relative to many cameras having just been announced at Photokina. Adobe must have their hands full, but I'll bet they deliver before the end of October, certainly before the end of November.
The LX3 has also been out long enough that you may even find "unofficial" support for it in ACR v4.6.
I've just bought an LX3 and the results look great. It's a 100% improvement on my old LX1. The only drawback is the .rw2 raw files. Could Adobe please give any idea when an ACR update may appear so I can use my beloved LR2 instead of the useless Lumix software.
There is no support currently, official or unofficial, in CR 4.6 RC or LR 2.1 RC. This is regrettable, but an unfortunate consequence of the current situation. We hope to have this fully resolved soon. (Sorry, no, I cannot specify an exact date.)
No need to tell us that other raw converters already support the LX3. Believe me, we are fully aware of it. There is a very specific reason that CR / LR doesn't yet support the LX3. If you would like an explanation, please ask Panasonic.
I will wait with baited breath. I know these things aren't always easy but I'm just going off on the trip of lifetime and can't bear the idea that I may not be able to get the best from my raws.
Eric, does the delay in supporting the LX3 have anything to do with Panasonic wanting Adobe to incorporate correction for barrel distortion? I have converted some RW2's with dcraw and was surprised at how much correction is happening both in the in-camera jpeg engine, and in SilkyPix as well (which, unfortunately, is hugely inferior to your products).
Personally, I'd be content to have distorted raw files. There is more visual information in the frame than in the jpegs, and only certain subjects require the correction, which is easy enough to accomplish in Photoshop. I hope that Panasonic isn't paranoid that "the truth will get out" about this lens, which I think is quite good, for a P&S camera, in spite of the distortion and purple fringing.
But a part of me strongly suspects I'm going to end up having to just shoot jpegs with this thing.
I believe SilkyPix is correcting the barrel distortion, as the in-camera jpeg processor does. Not sure about the fringing. I do think the in-camera anti-fringing correction is superb--better than Lightroom's, in fact! But SilkyPix really can't compare to Adobe's overall IQ level.
Amin, that's me who put up that review! I'm mabelsound on there. I intentionally oversharpened the raw conversion to show how much detail is in there, so you'd probably lose some of it if you like less grain. But it is indeed in there.
Quote "I do think the in-camera anti-fringing correction is superb--better than Lightroom's, in fact! But SilkyPix really can't compare to Adobe's overall IQ level."
Not my experience, I use several converters for my raw Olympus files including LR, SilkyPix, Bibble and certainly find SilkyPix IQ output to be comparable or better than LR.
I however prefer the user interface and tools available in Lightroom.
Please get together with Mr Panasonic and include the RW2 raw format in you next RAW plugin update. Its getting pretty uncomfortable on my knees. I've been here for over two months now. If its work mentioning, SilkyPix is not a patch on your ACR product. Come on Mr Adobe, we pay a premium price for your great product, please support other companies great productsas well!
>By the way, Eric, I wrote to Panasonic, and they of course blamed Adobe. "We have no control over third-party etc etc etc."
If, as has been implied, Panasonic are insisting that raw converters must correct the barrel distortion present in the LX3, then Adobe cannot do anything about this. Lightroom does not possess the functionality to do this!
I have been known to voice the odd criticism or so about Adobe in the past, but in this case there is no way they are at fault.
I. Room, can you provide the link or email address to write to Panasonic?
I want to tell them my opinion as well, which is that I will not buy their camera until their RAW format is supported in Lightroom 2 and Photoshop.
Now that cameras are designed as software/hardware systems (how else would you get this fast and this wide in a P&S?), I'll settle for software that isn't my primary choice, but that automatically corrects CA and distortion - I don't want to have to do that for each picture, since the amount is dependent on exposure choices for each picture!!!
Of, course, I'd prefer greatly to have it be ACR instead of Silkypix.....
same here. Looking forward to it.
Assuming that the hold-up has to do with the barrel distortion issue, will Lightroom be able to pass the lens distortion settings to Photoshop directly, so that the correction can be automated?