This response is a bit late but I got distracted by a few other things.
I looked at the websites for both Helicon and Zerene and decided I didn't
want to spend that much money on software that I would not use much so I had
a look around at freeware options.
I checked out CombineZP and Pictolay running the same series of focus
brackets through each and both produced excellent stacks which were
indistinguishable from each other. The user interfaces for each were
"clunky" but quite usable with a slight preference for Pictolay so I'll
probably stick with that for now.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: olympus <olympus-
> bounces+wayne.harridge=structuregraphs.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On
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> Subject: Re: [OM] Focus stacking on PC
> Thanks Mike,
> I notice they have a 30day free trial too, so good opportunity to test.
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> > From: olympus <olympus-
> > bounces+wayne.harridge=structuregraphs.com@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> On
> > Behalf Of Mike Gordon via olympus
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> > Cc: usher99@xxxxxxx
> > Subject: Re: [OM] Focus stacking on PC
> > <<I think MikeG also uses Zyrene, and may weigh in.
> > Yes, I like Xerene stacker. More similarities than differences with
> > IMO. I have the personal addition and only irritating result of not
> > another 100 bucks is that it strips the exif--I just do an exif
> > transplant
> form a
> > jpg and it takes 1 minute. One thing that might be better is the
> > option
> > cache first-pass results in DMap, for faster re-stacking with
> > different
> > threshold in the prosumer version. It is very cool that in any
> > version
> one can
> > use a Pmax output to touch up a Dmap--latter preserves colors and
> > smoothness better but can lose details.
> > It all sounds very complicated but a couple of tutorials and a couple
> > later, you're good to go and can probably get 90% of the quality as
> > how has used it for years.
> > The touch-up tools are awesome and much faster and easier than using PS.
> > nces_between_personal_prosumer_and_professional
> > Stacker Mike
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