I am using CS5. I have heard that some people still use cs4 because they like the color better, but I have no experience with this. do you agree? What do you think of the differences between 4 & 5.
I agree with you about shooting food, 4-shot is unecessary and impractical. This chip is very good in 1-shot mode, i have no complaints about that.
Kendall, only you can decide if 4-shot mode is worth it . It depends on the type of stuff you are shooting. It will virtually eliminate moire and all those other nasty little artifacts. Also don't underestimate live video. I didn't like it at first but quickly got used to it and now can't imagine working without it. You can compose with a precision that you won't believe. But this only matters if you are using a view camera.
CS 5 is basically a native version written for OSX. The previous CS 4 worked on OSX 10, but not natively. For CS 5 I know that new Input Profiles have been written for each type of Sinarback.Previously with CS 4 you could do your own color calibration and creat your own profile by means of a Macbeth chart.
This default profile in CS 5 might differ from your previous profile, obviously because it is a default calculated out of a bunch of backs and an average. Though this default profiles work well in most situations, you have also the possibility now in CS 5 to create your own ICC profile, for your own specific back: you can creat your profile by using any profiling fostware (e.g. Gretag-Macbeth ProfileMaker 5) and save this profile in the Input Profile folder in CS. You can then get very accurate colours rendition.
Beside this: CS 5 is a bit faster, although needing more ram. Which means, stuff your computer with as much Ram as possible. And use only one brand and one type of Ram, not mix them together: e.g. 512 with 256, or 1 gb with 512, or so on. This is true for all applications: the more (same branded and same type) Ram, the less problems and the faster.
CS 5 also allows a "Contact Sheet" based workflow, much faster than previously in CS 4: you can just select all the files you want and apply ANY settings without having to open the files and interpolate them. This settings are then embedded in your file when you export and applied. This is so fast and convenient: a major step from CS 4 to CS 5.
As for multishot: I agree, at first it seem very strange to use live video for sharpness and perspective settings, when one was used to have the groundglass and loupe! But you get used of it within a few hours, and cannot get back to a groundglass after.
hope this helps,