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The settings are device dependent, IOW your specific camera requires its own calibration to reproduce as accurately as it can.
Thanks for the links to chromoholics and creativepro. My last experience with creating a custom camera profile wasn't that successful, but that was a long time ago, and I probably shouldn't let that discourage me from trying again. If that's the ultimate solution, you've told me what I need to know.
For whatever it's worth, though, I've shot with two 5Ds, and can't tell the CR2s they produce apart. ACR at default settings yields the same (to me) objectionable, pale apricot skin tone from the CR2s of both cameras.
I would fix this in ACR, if I knew how. I don't; I'm not that good with the HSL sliders; I have to do it in Photoshop. But because the 5D is a popular and fairly high end camera, I guessed, or hoped, that professional wedding or fashion photographers who live and die by nuances of skin tone might have sub-directories full of presets to nudge 5D skin tones ... and, further, that they'd generously share said preset collection with the world.
In addition to cameras being different, although yours apparently are similar, the HSL adjustments are IMO image dependent. Varying lighting, WB, and skin tone of each person will require unique adjustments.
The images come into ACR flat for a reason, so that they're not overly contrasty and saturated, and so the user can dial it in to whatever "look" they want. With a bit of learning and trying, you'll be cruising through it!
On the note of the Macbeth card for the calibration, make sure you get a new one, and keep it CLEAN.
To learn about ACR, I highly suggest this book:
Thanks again for taking the time to write. If I get a Macbeth card, I'll make sure to keep it spotless!
I do have Mr. Schewe's very valuable book. (And as I know that he's a regular here, I'll add: congratulations, Jeff Schewe, on a job well done.)
>(And as I know that he's a regular here, I'll add: congratulations, Jeff Schewe, on a job well done.)
Thanks for the kind words...