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Sep 06, 2013 16:08 |  #1

I just received an offer to buy Lightroom 5 at $99 from Adobe. Am currently using Lightroom 3 which I've been using for 2 years now. Am not a "Pro" and more of an "avid" photographer and I don't use Lightroom for commercial reasons etc. My question is: is there a material enough difference between LR 3 and LR 5 to warrant spending $99 for the upgrade or are the differences primarily suttle? Thx.


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Sep 06, 2013 16:23 |  #2

Let's see...I no longer have a "functional" copy of LR3 (I have LR4) but I believe LR4 introduced "Process Version 2012". That has some meaningful improvements in the Develop tools, especially in the Highlight and Shadow recovery tools.

LR5 has added some capabilities that some folks find quite meaningful and compelling, although I don't yet have LR5 so I'll let the others chime in!

Overall, I'd say yeah, go for it if you have the budget! It's not about being a "pro", but about maximizing your photo quality!


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Sep 06, 2013 23:10 |  #3

Get Lightroom 5 Upgrade at Amazon for $79.00 and Free shipping.
http://www.amazon.com …=8-3&keywords=lightroom+5 (external link)

Lightroom 5 is much better than 3 or 4. The new healing brush and Radial filter make it well worth the money for me.




  
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Sep 07, 2013 02:15 as a reply to  @ spur's post |  #4

+1 to what Tony said.
They overhauled the development process engine for LR4. The new process 2012 is better than the older one in LR3. In addition in LR4 they introduced the Adjustment Brush, which in my view is worth the cost of the software on its own. It allows you to select just part of the image and change the White balance, exposure, shadows, highlight, saturation etc while leaving the rest of the image untouched. - You can of course have several of these on one image so you can reduce the exposure on a bright sky, while also increasing the exposure of a darker area, without making any changes to the rest of the image.

LR5 improved the spot removal tool (it still isn't as good as Photoshop) and added a new Straighten tool, which works to reduce/eliminate keystoning. Used it on several recent images of buildings and it works very well.

In short I would certainly recommend upgrading.


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Sep 07, 2013 03:00 |  #5

I just received an offer to buy Lightroom 5 at $99 from Adobe.

Is that for first time purchase? 'Cause the upgrade price has always been $79.

In about a week or so the 5.2 update should be out - there will be a notice here, I'm sure. Download it and try it for a month free. At the end of the month if you decide you want it, buy an upgrade number and register it. You won't have to download again (until 5.3 comes out in another 3-4 months.)


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Sep 07, 2013 09:46 |  #6

tzalman wrote in post #16275466 (external link)
Is that for first time purchase? 'Cause the upgrade price has always been $79.

In about a week or so the 5.2 update should be out - there will be a notice here, I'm sure. Download it and try it for a month free. At the end of the month if you decide you want it, buy an upgrade number and register it. You won't have to download again (until 5.3 comes out in another 3-4 months.)

Good point. Since I already own LR 3 then I assume that I could "Upgrade" to LR 5? Do I have that correct? Thx.


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Sep 07, 2013 10:59 |  #7

Bogino wrote in post #16275990 (external link)
Good point. Since I already own LR 3 then I assume that I could "Upgrade" to LR 5? Do I have that correct? Thx.

Yes. LR5 upgrade license is valid from LR3 & 4.


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