Just to give you HDR guys the heads-up on another program that someone pushed at me; Dynamic Photo HDR. He swears that it's good. I've downloaded the trial version to play with a few RAW files I have. It's worth a try, it's not as easy to use as Photomatix, but I guess it's an option.
This is an old photo I posted a while back, done with Photomatix and worked on in Photoshop:
And this is done using Dynamic Photo HDR and worked on in Photoshop:
Granted that a slightly different approach was taken, the colors out from this program seem slightly more natural than Photomatix when saturated to a certain degree. But they are by no means the same as what you would usually see/get.. And much harder to tweak than the Photomatix version, for some obscure reason unknown to me.
What do you think? I still think I prefer the old version. Photomatix tends to saturate the green/yellow channel too much, I think. Sometimes blue. It depends on the scene.. But this one, for this photo, seems to overdo the pinkish/magenta tones. :/ Oh - and one more thing, this one doesn't seem to emphasize the vignetting from wide lenses. That's a good point to note.