This is not a poll. I’m just curious about what knowledgeable users (such as those who visit here) think is the best aspect of the upgrade from PL4 to PL5 and to what degree that justifies an upgrade price which is not inconsiderable (>$100 in $AU for PL Elite alone w/out the Film Pack).
I think that the best thing is the additional local-adjustment control (luminance + chroma). I don’t use local-adjustments much but when I do, this is a useful improvement to the utility of some adjustments. Control-lines are possibly useful but I’m not sold on them. I suspect they have been added in an attempt to address one of the deficiencies of the ‘control-point’ adjustment type (its awkward radial perimeter). But I can’t see much utility here that is not available in gradients.
I don’t bother with much additional meta-data for images. I decided years ago that keywords very rarely repaid the effort required, for me. I prefer to use projects and image-similarity search using e.g. Excire to group images when needed So the modest additions to metadata management in PL5 don’t seem to matter much. I find the speedier Deep Prime processing is good; but saving a few seconds is not very valuable (‘live’ Deep Prime would be).
I don’t shoot with Fuji so the biggest change in PL5 is not relevant to me (except that it broadens the appeal of DXO; incidentally good for me at best).
So far, I’m in no hurry to upgrade. Have I under-rated PL5? What should I be putting a higher value on?