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Sep 20, 2012 01:05 |  #1

Now have my new computer with plenty of RAM, just wondering if I should do the upgrade?

What's the consensus on LR 4.1? Generally a good thing?


Are a lot of people still using 3.6? If so, why?


When would an update to 4.2 come?




  
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Sep 20, 2012 01:38 |  #2

4.1 is slower then 3. 6 especially when you use a adjustment brush it slows down so much that sliding a slider lags for many seconds I hope they fix this in 4.2




  
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Sep 20, 2012 02:22 |  #3

This is just one man's opinion, although backed up with more than eleven years experience with Raw converters, and I believe LR4 is a huge step forward from LR3 (which was no slouch) with significant advances in the creation of fully detailed highlights, open and rich shadows and brilliant, halo-free local contrast (clarity). It also has excellent CA suppression and anti-fringing controls and extended functionality in the brush/grad filter.


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Sep 23, 2012 02:30 |  #4

I agree that LR4 offers some good improvements in the "dynamic range" adjustments in the Basic controls.

Some people do experience performance "hits", although these are system-dependent.

LR4.2 is out as a "Release Candidate", but I haven't heard of any "substantial" improvements -- try the free trial of LR4 1 and if it works for you, it's all good!


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Sep 23, 2012 06:07 |  #5

The last few days, I have been trying out LR4.1 and comparing with 3.6

Bit nervous about the performance issues. My system is a freshly installed win7 64 (pro) on 3770K processor, 32GB RAM (yes it's overkill), SSD for OS and programs and 7200rpm HDD for photos and data.

LR4.1 is not as fast as 3.6 ( for real time use, it's not affecting me adversely) but the functionality seem much better. I don't seem to need to add so much contrast with 4.1 and the sliders are much easier to use before.

Verdict: Converted

I am going to pay for the upgrade.




  
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Oct 01, 2012 14:20 |  #6

I read somewhere that for 5d mk3 raw files you needed to upgrade to LR4, is this true?


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Oct 01, 2012 14:39 |  #7

0.0f wrote in post #15065874 (external link)
I read somewhere that for 5d mk3 raw files you needed to upgrade to LR4, is this true?

It is true. That is the only reason I upgraded to LR4. I'm also frustrated with the lag time when working in LR4. The improvements are nice but sometimes I'm ready to roll and LR4 isn't. I hope the fix will come soon.:mad:


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Oct 02, 2012 07:27 |  #8

You could also convert to DNG and keep using LR3.7


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Oct 03, 2012 06:58 |  #9

LR 4.2 is officially released. Hopefully that one will be better than LR 4.1.


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Oct 03, 2012 08:10 |  #10

flickserve wrote in post #15017641 (external link)
Now have my new computer with plenty of RAM, just wondering if I should do the upgrade?

What's the consensus on LR 4.1? Generally a good thing?


Are a lot of people still using 3.6? If so, why?


When would an update to 4.2 come?

I upgraded to LR4 from 3.6 and highly recommend it. 4.0 was rather laggy but 4.1 fixed the issues for me (haven't downloaded 4.2 yet). The major improvements for me are the better highlight/shadow recovery, the new chromatic aberration removal eyedropper (a godsend for the 85mm 1.8), and soft proof function which simulates prints. Personally, I think upgrading LR is money better spent than upgrading camera bodies right now.




  
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Oct 03, 2012 17:51 |  #11

It's well worth the upgrade just for the better result you get with the sliders. With plenty of RAM you shouldn't have a speed problem but you might be able to speed it up even more by putting your catalog and ACR cache on a separate hard drive from the photos.

I was running 3.6 in Windows XP on a 4 GB RAM dual-core PC and it was slow. I upgraded to 64-bit Windows 7 with 64-bit Lightroom 4 and did the above changes and it's now a lot faster.


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Oct 04, 2012 01:11 |  #12

JChin wrote in post #15073729 (external link)
LR 4.2 is officially released. Hopefully that one will be better than LR 4.1.

Just upgraded to 4.2. Seem much faster, on my two computers at least.


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