Zerene Stacker or Helicon Focus, which is better?

2 years 3 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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2 years 3 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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2 years 3 months ago #569131 by G 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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2 years 3 months ago #569148 by effron
They both offer free 30 day trials....

Why so serious?
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2 years 3 months ago #569204 by Moe
+1 Helicon is wayyyyy better and is more user friendly out of the box.   


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2 years 3 months ago #569332 by Richard Taylor
Helicon Focus is what I use, can't speak about the other program.  


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2 years 3 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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2 years 3 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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2 years 3 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.

Why so serious?
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2 years 3 months ago #569530 by Pettigrew
I prefer Helicon Focus myself

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2 years 3 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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