Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus, which is better?

1 year 7 months ago #569091 by Jackson Rieger
I'm looking for a good focus stacking software.  I was looking at doing this in Photoshop, however I found these 2 programs and that's all they do.  

Can I assume these will do a better job than Photoshop?  


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1 year 7 months ago #569128 by Meskill
Helicon Focus is the best by a long shot for me.  Much newer interface, and quicker.  You can sign up for a 30 day trial with them too. 


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1 year 7 months ago #569131 by GJ-Vernon
If you go the Helicon way, take a look at the FB tube, which fits like any other extension: There´s some info here.
davidbozsik.wixsite.com/naturescamera/si...e-Quick-Intro-Review


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1 year 7 months ago #569148 by effron
They both offer free 30 day trials....

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1 year 7 months ago #569204 by Moe
+1 Helicon is wayyyyy better and is more user friendly out of the box.   


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1 year 7 months ago #569332 by Richard Taylor
Helicon Focus is what I use, can't speak about the other program.  


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1 year 7 months ago #569460 by Eric A
Why not just do this in Photoshop for free?  How are either of these better than Photoshop focus stack function? 

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1 year 7 months ago #569476 by effron
Helicon supports raw files, Zerene I think not. Anyway, a good comparison here....
www.canadiannaturephotographer.com/rberdan_focus_stacking.html

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1 year 7 months ago #569478 by effron
Anyone thinking they'd like to try stacking but not sure you want to pay for it, another option is Combine ZP.....I remember that as quite capable.

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1 year 7 months ago #569530 by Pettigrew
I prefer Helicon Focus myself

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1 year 7 months ago #569827 by Photo Mojo
I personally use Helicon focus.   But these all have trials you can sign up for.  Go sign up for a trial and try each out and see which has the better workflow for you style and needs.  


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