Two good things happened today.
- My new lens came in! I now (finally) own my very own (sharp) copy of the legendary Canon 85mm f/1.2L II lens!
- Lightroom 3 is out!
So I went to grab the new LR3 beta, which I’ve been procrastinating on trying for a while now. Upon going to Adobe to download it, they say it’s not available for purchase! What? Amazon had it listed coming out July 1st, so I promptly bought the upgrade!
I’ve only spent a little time with it, but I’m very impressed with it so far. Here’s a few quick thoughts on it.
- It’s fast! Feels faster than LR2.
- The new lens corrections tools are sweet! A lot Canon/Nikon and other lenses are profiled, and the moment I turned it on it corrected my lenses vignetting and warping! Very cool!
- Speaking of vignetting, LR3 finally handles post crop vignettes properly! I hated LR2′s handling of it. LR2 would do full frame and post crop vignettes differently in terms of how it added the effect. On full frame, you would get a very natural darkening, the over exposed areas would have detail brought back in if it was there before. The post crop was a cheap multiplier, where the over exposed would just become a gray mess, instead of bringing back detail. Well LR3 now supports 3 different methods, and all work on post crops.
- There’s a grain tool, and it’s freaking sweet! Grain (oddly enough) is one of the things I miss most from shooting film. It’s not the same, but it’s very nice to add grittiness and character. I used it in the self portrait directly below.
- It supports video! You can catalog all of your video now, yay!
- Sensor noise caused by high ISO’s are handled WAY better now. I still need to play with it more, but it’s pretty impressive how much noise can be eliminated while retaining detail and not making the photo look like an abstract painting.
- Oh yeah, LR3 supports Flickr directly now, including posting/replying to comments.
Just my preliminary thoughts, more to come later. So far, completely worth the $99 upgrade!
I like ze grain…
I also like sharp lenses!