A few weeks ago, I mentioned that I was going to move my workflow from Adobe Lightroom CC to Capture One Pro. While I still haven't made the full move, I have started to import new images into Capture One. I thought that it would be a good opportunity to compare output with files from the new X-E2. I started with the same raw file, and processed both with as close to the same settings as possible. The two images are presented below.
So, which one's which? I'll admit that, while I was laying out the page, I got them confused and had to re-upload the images to get it right. The Capture One image is on the left. Both images were exported as full-size JPEG files with the quality set to "100%".
Unfortunately, once I got them both into the page, the difference was immediately apparent. The Capture One file was 10X larger than the one from Lightroom, and when Squarespace resized the image, all of the quality was lost. Since web upload is one of the primary uses of my images, that's going to be a problem. I also find Capture One to be excruciatingly slow. Every process takes 10-15 seconds, compared to the nearly instantaneous results I experience with Lightroom. And, while there was a significant difference in image quality for X-E1 raw files, the difference with X-E2 files is much less significant.
I've also discovered a couple of other drawbacks to Capture One. First, it can't apply the Fujifilm film emulations, which Lightroom can. It also can't round-trip to Photoshop or manage Photoshop files. And finally, it can't use plug-ins like the Nik Collection.
I'm guessing I'll give it another couple of tries, but at this point, I'm actually thinking that, despite the problems I had with Lightroom, I may be sticking with it. As I said before, I've got a lot of history with Lightroom, and I know it pretty well.