After I worked through a workflow in which I started with developing raw images, in dt, , with filmic, and went on to sharpen in Lightzone, while the results were pleasing, the overhead of this workflow was not something I could sustain over lots of images. (having tried it in practice, over a number of images)
There was a downside, in this case, of using multiple tools, which is having to convert to a 16bit tiff uncompressed, as the exchange format between dt and lightzone, because lightzone will not open a 32 bit float tiff uncompressed, which would have been the better format to preserve all the processing from dt.
I therefore spent some time with the DT sharpen module, to see how I could use it to achieve similar results, and over a few images, I have got the hang of it, and am satisfied with the results, without any need to oversharpen.
I think the DT sharpen module meets all my needs. I must add though, it also required me to relearn how I use raw-denoise, which is my preferred noise management module, cos its a yin and yang, between denoising and sharpening.
Sharpening can reverse some of the gains of denoising. But I’m ok with dt sharpening.
My workflow is therefore back to being 100% in dt.
This seems to be a trend, that initial hurdle, when one is figuring out how something works, and investing the time to learn it properly.
I do hope however that future versions of dt, do not turn the whole apple cart, and replace the current modules like sharpen and raw denoise, with alternatives with many more controls, soon after one has finally learnt how to use these tools well.