I use both LR 5.2 and ACR for processing Canon 1DsMklll RAW files. I'm assuming that the Luminance Noise slider is the same in both. 99% of what I shoot is tripod/100 ISO/lots of light.
Am I imagining things, or is there need for less luminance noise reduction now than there used to be?
In the past I typically moved the Luminance slider to about 40.
Now I'm finding that, firstly, a file looks better noise-wise in its unedited state. Is this because some default noise reduction is being applied, or simply that the software is better overall?
Secondly, I'm finding that when I do apply the luminance noise filter, an image becomes too soft at around 40, and I would have to get heavy with Sharpening to repair this.
How do others use it in situations with plenty of light?
Finally, since Luminance Noise is also known as greyscale noise, is there anything to be gained by sliding the Saturation slider to the left while one is making Luminance Noise corrections to better see the white pixels?
Ps. Totally off topic, but I have to have a rant.......the two things I can't stand about LR are the absence of a Colour Sampler Tool and the % RGB readouts. I do a lot of my professional work with Gretag CCs, and I much prefer using Adobe Camera RAW for this processing. However, I love LR for my own work.