It's been such a long time since I stepped foot into the Trek Art forum and had a look around. Whatever happened to whats-his-face for stealing other peoples' work?
I found this linked article at www.flay.com
that I really thought would be useful here as I do recall the question of 'which 3D app is best?' always popping up every few weeks.
To be perfectly honest with you, most of the more technical stuff went over my head but as a Lightwaver I was intrigued at reading that LightWave's renderer is "showing its age".
With the animation project I'm working on at the moment I can kind of see that now.
I hope this article helps anyone out there.