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Canon EOS 40D RAW Settings

Suggested Settings

These settings are intended as a guide to get you started with Lightroom Photoshop or Canon DPP.  All are based on tests shot with a very sharp Canon 50mm f1.4 lens, and are aimed at balancing maximum detail / minimum noise, so zoom lenses may need a little more sharpening, portraits a little less. As every image is unique, these settings are a starting point only. Feel free to experiment - that’s all part of the fun.

Adobe Lightroom  / Photoshop

Note: Noise reduction and sharpening are found in the Detail drop down menu which you’ll find by scrolling down the very long toolbar on the right. Noise Reduction (NR) is turned off by default so you must make adjustments manually. Although the settings in the table are the ones that matter most, try raising both the luminance and colour Detail settings to 70 or 80 for even more fine detail at the expense of a tiny bit more noise.  Settings in Photoshop should be identical.

ISO

Sharpening Amount

Sharpening Radius

NR Luminance

NR Colour

100

35

0.8

0

25

200

40

0.8

15

25

400

40

0.8

15

25

800

40

0.8

18

25

1600

40

0.8

18

25

3200

40

0.8

30

40

Canon Digital Photo Professional

Note: With DPP I always start by selecting Neural or Faithfull - This turns off all sharpening, which make your images look very soft. Don’t panic, just manually input sharpening levels as below. Although DPP has optical corrections built in - they are turned off by default. I leave them that way unless they’re really needed. Using them loses some image quality and sharpness. Unlike Lightroom, DPP does set suggested levels for noise reduction, although they are usually just a little high for my taste. DPP is superb with 40D files at 100 and 200 ISO, but 1600 & 3200 are a long way behind what Lightroom can do.

ISO

Sharpening Amount

Sharpening Radius

NR Luminance

NR Colour

100

4

NA

0

0

200

5

NA

0

0

400

5

NA

1

0

800

6

NA

1

5

1600

6

NA

3

5

3200

6

NA

6

5

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