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Cost is getting ridiculous



  • Philip Holloway

    They’re going to do what Lightroom did and that’s push people away. Yes I can continue using version 22 but why put anymore of my time into a product I’m leaving

  • Ian Wilson
    Top Commenter

    Taking advantage of the extra 20% off offer for pre-ordering, I paid £159.99 for my upgrade from 22 to 23. That comes to just about £3 a week, no more than the cost of a single cup of coffee per week bought in a café. Considering how much I use Capture One, I don't think that is too bad, and I'm just a hobbyist not a pro. And I could readily just make coffee at home instead of buying it out if I wanted to recoup the cost. Back in the day we used film, and at today's prices I dread to think what the weekly cost of film and processing would come to. We have become too used to a lot of software being free or nearly free. I think I get what I pay for, but if you don't think so, other apps are out there.


  • John Friend
    Top Commenter

    Here's an interesting pricing history (all perpetual licenses):

    July 4, 2020 - Order Capture One 20 for Nikon for $58.05 (some special deal)

    Jan 10, 2021 - Order Upgrade to Capture One 21 for Nikon for $109.00

    Apr 19, 2022 - C1 for Nikon discontinued, accept an offer to upgrade to Capture One Pro 22 for $149

    Nov 18, 2022 - Current upgrade price to Capture One Pro 23 shows in my account as $215.  I'm not upgrading both because it's expensive and because they aren't offering me features in the new version that are useful to my workflow.  In fairness, I probably could have gotten an upgrade discount before C1 23 shipped (they never did send me anything about that), but I don't buy things sight-unseen (no 3rd party reviews yet), so I didn't take that offer. 

    It's also a bit crazy that to switch to subscription shows in my account as $226.  So, it costs MORE to go subscription than it does to upgrade my perpetual?  That's bizarre.  Certainly no reason here to go subscription.

  • Martin Turner

    I agree with the sentiments herein. I have used C1 since C1 V9, but the price has gotten way too steep for a now-retired "keen amateur" as I am. Add to that Adobe has improved Adobe Lightroom CC (I only use the "desktop" version) and Photoshop in the last year (AI, masking, sky replacement et al.). I despise subscriptions even though I have the Adobe Photographer sub and really don't like where C1 is headed 2ithC1 2023 (eg to get any updates from 2023, you either pay for them directly or subscribe). And because Adobe's offering is cheaper, I will not renew my C1 sub nor get the static licensed version. I still love C1, but it's time for a divorce. 

    For us KA's, the likes of Luminar NEO and Radiant photo are just fine for placing our work online or even printing (I am all digital and don't print any longer). 


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