Lightroom: Excessive noise in 5d Mark III raw images in Lightroom 4.1 RC

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I imported several RAW images of my new 5d Mark III and noticed an excessive noise level, especially when compared to RAW-Images processed by Canons Digital Photo Professional.

Even at ISO 400 noise is easily visible in photos imported into Lightroom 4.1 RC without even looking at them at 100% view ..... This is definitely not representing the performance of this camera.

kind regards!
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Gerhard Bieber

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Posted 6 years ago

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Aravind Krishnaswamy

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Can you post some examples including a link to the original raw file if possible?
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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What is your Luminance Noise reduction setting in the Detail section of Develop module? It is set to 0 by default.
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Eric Chan, Camera Raw Engineer

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I suggest that you use noise reduction (Luminance NR is disabled by default in ACR/Lightroom).
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Rafael Gonzalez

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how is that done in lightroom?
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Rafael Gonzalez

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IN other words, how do you enable it?
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Eric Chan, Camera Raw Engineer

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In Develop module, go to the Detail panel, and increase the Luminance slider (default value is 0).
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Rafael Gonzalez

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Thanks, can I set a new default value for the Lumimance slider for importing raw files? If so, how do I go about doing that. Thanks again for your comments.
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Also, note that NR is not always applied to previews at less than 1:1 views.
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Gerhard Bieber

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I will upload some examples and share the link as soon as I uploaded the files. This may take a while since I'm at work right now and dont have all my pictures on hand.

OK I guess my post was a bit ambiguous or at least imprecise.

The first thing you notice is, if you import a raw image into Lightroom this elevated noise is easy visible. In Digital Photo Professional it isn't visible or barely visible. I will post post comparing screenshots on this too.

The second thing is, if I process these images (..not really meaningful because they are "processed" somehow as soon as i can see a rendered preview ...) and export them without any changes, this elevated noise level is also visible in the exported files.

I should point out, that I'm talking about untreated images - That means I didnt change anything in the development module or somewhere else (Luminance NR is left untouched)

kind regards.
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Harald Frühwirt

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Hello Gerhard,
I have the same problem like you. Did you found a fine solution for it?

BR,
christian from austria
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Rafael Gonzalez

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I am also having the same problem as Gerhard in lightroom with my new canon 5d mark III
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Eric Chan, Camera Raw Engineer

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This is most likely just a difference in default settings between DPP and Camera Raw / Lightroom. By default, ACR/LR has luminance NR disabled, even at high ISO. (It is on by default in DPP.) Try turning up the Luminance slider and see if that helps.