On Adobe’s blog, they just posted that Lightroom 3 and Adobe camera raw are going to have lens correction. I repeat, LR3 and camera raw is going to get lens correction.
This is going to be a huge benefit for my workflow process. Up to this point, I’ve been using another raw converter, DxO Optics Pro, to correct distortion in my architectural images. While DxO does a fantastic job of correcting problems, I absolutely hate the program because the interface is terrible, it has an obnoxious copy protection scheme, and it costs several hundred dollars. I’ll finally be able to dump it greatly simplfying my workflow.
If you check out the video below, Adobe also shows how you can make your own lens profiles. You can’t do this in DxO and I’m very excited about this functionality because (1) I won’t have to worry if DxO is going to release a module for my particular lens, and (2) the profiles can be specific to the distortion in my lens. There is sample variation between lenses of the same make and DxO wouldn’t always eliminate all of the distortion.