jacobsen1 wrote in post #6806916
I have 2 workflows:
old (while I'm learning LR):
Bridge -> ACR -> CS (I'd need CS4 here for the 5Dii)
LR2 -> CS
I'm going to go with LR2, CS3, then use adobe's DNG converter (or DPP? *shudder*) if I really need a file in CS3 and LR2 gets in the way.
My experience is similar, though slightly different, from yours. I upgraded to CS4 and purchased LR2 (I hadn't used LR before). Rather than use your "old" workflow, I forced myself to learn LR and go right to your "new" workflow. As a result, I have yet to open Bridge or ACR in CS4. If I hadn't purchased LR2, I would be gushing about the new editing functions in ACR, but since I can do all of that in LR2, I am beginning to wonder if the CS4 upgrade will ever pay off for me. I still use Photoshop on occasion (sometimes you just need layers, blend modes, etc), but I have yet to use anything in CS4 that CS3 didn't do.
My advice to anyone who will listen is if you have a lot of photos, get LR2. It buries every other system for managing images that I have seen.
As far as the 5DII not being supported in CS4, your comments about the DNG converter is right on the spot. Adobe is promoting DNG like crazy, and if camera makers would wise up, all of these compatibility issues would go away. It is odd that people complain about Adobe in this regard, since it is the camera makers who keep changing the file specs. There must be serious money in incompatible file formats!