I just installed Poser Pro 2012.
I ran the exact same image.
It took about 9 and a half minutes.
Ok I only did it at 1280 x 960 but I’m used to several hours in other programs (for that resolution).
Poser is nearly as fast as Carrara. But the lights are great. (Not saying Carrara doesn’t have great lights but Poser’s are easier to set up and get great results).
I will have to check out IDL next to see how that compares with Carrara render times.
Now I just need to learn how to use poser…
(again I’m not trying to say that anything is better or worse just trying to figure out the best tools for ME for the different pics I am trying to do.)