I downloaded the time-limited evaluation copy of DxO a few weeks go but due to illness I've been unable to spend more than an hour or two trying it. So I'd be grateful for some feedback from experienced users about a couple of points before I shell out for a copy.
I think that the lens distortion mapping is brilliant. My 3 principal 2.8 lenses, nikon 14-14, 24-70 and 70-200VR are all covered and the corrections are a huge timesaver. What I'm wondering is how the vignetting correction in the D700 relates to these mappings. I assume that the vignetting control in the camera applies to both NEF and JPEG - there's nothing about this in the manual and I haven't had an opportunity to test this for myself yet. Obviously if it needs to be switched off for DxO processing that's fine, but it would be useful to utilise the in camera correction sometimes for happy snaps or when using NX2. I'm also wondering what DxO does when my TC 17 is on the 70-200?
I assume that the default geometry corrections for a lens in the database can be switched off? I ask principally because I don't want to defish my 10.5 FE shots when I'm using it for VR panoramas. I wouldn't mind keeping the ca correction although obviously that's a constant that can be dialled out manually without much trouble.
I have been processing bracketed sets for HDR spherical panoramas in ACR up to now and I'm wondering how this software copes with batches of 30+ shots. If it's anything like NX2 (bundled with my D700)... well, I hope it isn't.
And is the support as bad as I'm hearing?
Thanks for any help anyone can offer.
I can't help you re the D700, and haven't done any batch processing, but you're correct that all the correction parameters of DxO can be switched off.
I've used their email support maybe 4 times in 2 years and have found it to be excellent -- they've always replied within a day, sometimes within hours.
If you haven't yet, you really should read Alain's introduction and tutorial here