What’s Loupedeck?

It’s a console designed to be used with Adobe Lightroom featuring dials and buttons that promises to make editing faster, more intuitive and help free you up to be more creative.

I’ve edited over 10,000 photos with it so far this season, so decided to put together a Loupedeck Review to share my thoughts on whether I felt it was the revolutionary editing machine I had hoped and dreamed of… or not.

For the last 3 years, I’ve contracted out my editing to the amazing team at ShootDotEdit. I wanted to bring it back in-house.

Would Loupedeck be the answer?

detail shot of Loupedeck

loupedeck outer box

loupedeck close-up of box

Loupedeck: First Impressions

The Loupedeck packaging is luxurious feeling. Opening the box reminded me of opening an Apple product; it’s all sleek minimalism and tactile matt lamination.

On the first feel of the Loupedeck itself, I was a little surprised. It feels cheaper than it looks. Perhaps this is influenced by how light it is? It somehow didn’t quite match the feel of the packaging.

What I Love:

  • The rotate / crop dial makes minor adjustments a breeze. And, since I seem to shoot everything at an angle, this has been the most used dial so far.
  • I like the spacing between buttons and dials, it’s intuitive to use.
  • I love that the adjustments are tiny, as this makes precision control so much easier.

What I Hate:

  • The Export button sticks, and as I tend to export in batches, this drives me crazy. It’s not the only button that sticks, but it seems to stick more than any of the others.
  • The overall quality is a concern. I’m not 100% convinced it will last a season, let alone survive a few years use
  • This is a biggie – applying changes appears to WIPE previously applied presets. I haven’t found a workaround to this yet.

birdseye view of loupedeck

Loupedeck Review: The Final Verdict

I really want to love this, but the build quality issues are a huge disappointment.

Loupedeck has the potential to be an awesome piece of kit, and I hope the build quality issues are addressed in future versions.

Because I’ve found it frustrating to use as a result of all the button sticking, I called up the guys at Shoot Dot Edit last week and signed up for a new 12-month contract with them.

So, I think that pretty much sums it up!

I’ll be reaching out to the guys at Loupedeck to see what they can do about the sticky buttons – I’ll update this post when I hear back.

Where to Buy the Loupedeck?

I bought mine on Amazon as it was the best price I could find.

 

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