July 04, 2012
This is a simple comparison of images imported from a Leica M8 into Aperture, Capture One and Lightroom. These sample images are quick test shots taken on the Leica M8 “A” setting with a UV/IR filter fitted on a Summicron 50mm f2.0 lens. Each image was, as best that I recall:
Here are the images reduced to 520px width in Photoshop and saved with sRGB profile embedded.
And here are some cropped images for comparison.
I was surprised by the variation in the results, especially in the “Leaves” shot and in the close-up detail of the “Ball” image.
I would rank my preference as:
I felt that Capture One gave the most consistent rendering of the subject matter. To my eye Lightroom and Aperture both brought in extra tones or pulled back some colours to give a more proprietary rendering. This, of course, could be more to someone else’s taste. I thought that the images from Aperture were poor in comparison to Capture One and Lightroom. I also thought that the results from Lightroom were ‘punchier’, but that I would rather go with Capture One’s fidelity and add punch if and where I wanted to.