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Have you checked the Document Profile in the Status Bar on these images? What are you seeing? sRGB, Untagged, or Adobe RGB?
Do you have your Color Management policies set up to warn you of mismatches?
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I created a new document and drug both to the new document. That action alone desaturated both of the images.
This can only happen when color management has been disabled. Something has been turned off or changed here. With everything working as it should, the colors will be converted in the paste and remain unchanged.
Reset everything in Color Settings to defaults. The easiest way to do that is to pick one of the "General Purpose" presets.
Having policies set to "Convert to Working RGB" is not recommended - especially if that working RGB is sRGB. This will permanently shave data off every non-sRGB file opened. Always use "Preserve Embedded Profiles". That's the way Photoshop is intended to work.
The camera-processed jpeg can not be compared with the ACR processed version! They will not, and are not supposed to, be the same!
My wrong. I've deleted that part, D. Thanks for the correction.
Yes, no mercy on that point...
The "convert" option looks innocent, but it's a time-bomb if you worry about data integrity. I can see instances where it makes sense, if you're working for web output exclusively - but even so I think you should only activate that option for a limited and specified time.
The only policy that will leave your files undamaged in all scenarios is "preserve embedded". This is the safe option.
Just as a general observation, people put far too much importance on Color Settings - and that's why they go in and change things when they see inconsistencies. And that's when they really get in trouble! Nothing in Color Settings will solve anything - it will only mess things up beyond repair.
If you have color problems, color settings is not what causes it - unless you change something there! Leave it alone. The problem is somewhere else - usually applications that don't do color management at all.