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What do you use to correct lens distortion?

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sdmcgowan Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Aug 8, 2013 6:53 AM

Just curious what you all use for lens correction if you use Aperture? I've been using Aperture for about 6 months now and mostly love it and do not regret purchasing it instead of Lightroom. But the one thing that bugs me is no lens correction! I shoot with a Canon 6D and the 24-105 lens. At 24mm the lens definitely needs some distortion correction.

 

I downloaded a trial version of the PTLens plugin. But I thought I would ask here what others use before I go ahead and purchase the full version. Maybe there is an easier way? I would prefer to get the correction done and still be able to work on the raw file. Right now after I correct it it's no longer a raw image. But maybe that is the way no matter how I correct it?

 

Any thoughts or advice appreciated. I just hate how Lightroom users in other forums can say Oh it's just a click of one button and the distortion is gone! I do hope Apple includes this, seemingly glaring oversight, in a later addition of Aperture.

  • Frank Caggiano Level 7 Level 7 (22,760 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 7:11 AM (in response to sdmcgowan)

    I use PTLens and have had good results with it.

     

    I don;t know how other programs work but I would be very leery of any program that modified the Raw file.

     

    regards

  • CorkyO2 Calculating status...
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    Aug 8, 2013 8:08 AM (in response to sdmcgowan)

    I have used the following products in conjunction with Aperture 2 and 3:

     

    PT Lens plug-in

    DxO Optics Pro 6, 7 and 8

    Adobe Camera RAW

    Photoshop CS4, CS5 and CS6

     

    In all cases, the non-destructive workflow is broken by the fact that you need either a rendered file from Aperture to be sent to the distortion correction, or you correct distortion and then import a non-RAW file into Aperture. No matter what we choose, the real solution needs to come from Apple for maintaining non-destructive workflow.

     

    I have liked DxO Optics Pro for kit lenses (in my case a Nikon D80 with Nikkor 18-135mm lens) since the D80 doesn't remove CA automatically and that lens has CA and lens distortion / vignette issues. However, all versions only save out as TIFF, JPEG or DNG (the latter of which I have no interest in). I was using JPEG output and doing minimal enhancement in Aperture which kept my memorie intact with nice renditions.

     

    I now have inherited a Nikon D90 with the 18-105mm kit lens and only use PT Lens plug-in or send to PS CS6 and use the lens correction filter on shots that really need it. I am not seeing IQ with corrected images through DxO 8.3 that are better than results I can get using Aperture and PT Lens or PS CS6 - so I don't use it anymore.

     

    Another hoping Apple will include at least manual lens distortion function with preset creation ability in next version of Aperture.

  • AngeloM Calculating status...
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    Aug 8, 2013 12:19 PM (in response to CorkyO2)

    Corky02 ..."Another hoping Apple will include at least manual lens distortion function with preset creation ability in next version of Aperture. "

     

    I don't see much activity coming from Aperture. I am an Aperture user since it was introduced. Love it!

    But I feel we are loosing out to LightRoom. All my friends have or are talking about jumping ship from.

     

    Let's hope my friends made the wrong mistake...

  • Keith Wilson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 1:03 PM (in response to sdmcgowan)

    Hi,

    In exactly the same situation as you; just posted a similar question this evening on dpreview. I, too, was directed to PTLens. However, I cannot find the folder in which to install the plug-in within Aperture. The PTLens Read Me says to go to /Library/Applications/Application Support/Plug-Ins, and create this folder if it doesn't exist. No such folder exists; in fact, there are no Aperture folders beyond the application itself in the Applications folder. Can you tell me how you installed the plug-in?

    Thanks.

  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,380 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 1:16 PM (in response to Keith Wilson)

    The PTLens Read Me says to go to /Library/Applications/Application Support/Plug-Ins, and create this folder if it doesn't exist.

    Not "/Library/Applications/Application Support/Plug-Ins", but /Library/Application Support/Aperure/Plug-Ins

     

    Open the folder "Library" directly on your Macintosh HD, then "Application Support", then "Aperture", then "plug-Ins".

  • Keith Wilson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 1:27 PM (in response to léonie)

    OK, thanks, will look again. I may have misquoted the directory structure in my post, (not in front of IMac just now) but I followed it verbatim from the Read Me when searching for it. Nevertheless, thanks, and I will check again, directly through the HDD instead of Finder Search.

  • CorkyO2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,290 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 2:06 PM (in response to Keith Wilson)

    Keith,

     

    If you are running OS X 10.8.x and have an issue with your license not taking correctly (still seeing the 10 images limit warning), you might place it in your user account library folder (~/Library/Application Support/Aperture/Plug-Ins) as follows:

     

    1 - Use the 'Go' menu while pressing the 'Option' key

    2 - Select 'Library' and then navigate to 'Application Support/Aperture'

    3 - Open Plug-Ins folder (create if needed) and place 'PTLens.ApertureEdit' package inside.

     

    Note - I list this because I have seen a couple of instances on OS X 10.8.x where the trial limit message keeps appearing when placed in the root level '/Library/Application Support/Aperture/Plug-Ins folder'. FWIW, it may have just been machine specific issues though.

     

    Don't forget to disable 'Gatekeeper' before initial launch as indicated on his page:

     

    http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/mac/.doc/index.html

     

    Good luck.

  • CorkyO2 Level 4 Level 4 (1,290 points)
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    Aug 8, 2013 7:37 PM (in response to sdmcgowan)

    I'm glad I'm not the only one frustrated by this! It does seem that PTLens is the agreed upon solution for now. So I guess I will go ahead and purchase the full version. I appreciate everyone that chimed in. I do love my Apple stuff so I really wanted to stick with Aperture. I'm guessing you all know what I mean here. This really is the one thing that makes me want Lightroom tho!

    I understand the Lightroom thoughts. I have been using Adobe Camera RAW since it's inception at work and the lens correction panel is the same found in Lightroom. If your lens is supported it is a quick fix to get most issues resolved with manual correction adjustments as well. PTLens is very similar in that regard.

     

    FWIW, here are a couple of links on why two Aperture users are sticking with Aperture:

     

    http://www.apertureexpert.com/tips/2013/8/2/guest-post-why-i-use-aperture-instea d-of-lightroom.html

     

    http://photo.rwboyer.com/2013/08/04/2013-aperture-3-still-my-go-to-tool/

     

    The second link is mentioned in one of the comments in the first linked page. Rob used to post here alot helping people with Aperture 2 and the first year of Aperture 3's release. He has a somewhat edgy style, but is quite knowledgeable as a photographer and Aperture.

     

    Just thought I would post those in case any want some inspiration to hang on with Aperture and see what year's end will bring from Apple (if anything).

  • Keith Wilson Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Aug 9, 2013 6:54 AM (in response to CorkyO2)

    Up and running with PTLens. Thanks for the help. Exactly what I was looking for.

     

    Like many others, it seems, I am wondering why this is not integrated into Aperture, as it is not otherwise on a par with Lightroom, although I speak as a complete novice in regard to such matters! It just seems that this kind of tool would be anyone's first stop when post-processing images.

     

    Anyway, happy now. Thanks again, huge amounts of good will and assistance evident on the Apple forums.

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