... I think that quality results can be had from any of the programs once they've been mastered, but in your case of whittling down 8,000 images RAW processing can become a burden and success depends more on patience and perseverance than anything else.
For now, I'm focused more on a program's ability to process the images well than its file organizing qualities.
Thanks for your thoughts Chris,
After a 15 hour investment on my work from Tanzania I feel that I am beginning to get a handle on the Aperture interface and the merits of its use. First, it is quite easy to organize a large number of images, create "stacks" of like images, and rate the work. The use of key commands is logical and they can be easily changed to match my own logic. Furthermore, it is simple to use the Aperture raw processor and the results appear to be non-destructive and positive. Finally, I have learned how easy it is to make a change in one image and transport all or part of that change to other files.
All of this is good... good file management and good image control.
My issue is w/ the initial raw file. For whatever reason, Aperture offers me flat and neutral images as a raw (when compared to the same base image in DPP). While I can make the necessary changes to restore the lost saturation and contrast, this can be tedious and time consuming.
I'd love to hear from others who are using Canon or Nikon files in Aperture. I am currently working with 5D, 1Ds, 1D, 1DmkII, 20D, & 30D canon files (current work), as well as D100, D1x, and D2h nikon files (old work).