I wrote an article some time ago about how European companies would be the major beneficiaries of Adobe’s exit from the perpetual license market. At the time, I highlighted Affinity Photo and Capture One as two of the software solutions that would be able to grow their customer base. I believe the tipping point has come, and the combination of those two softwares is the one we will see emerge as the major alternative to the Lightroom+Photoshop (or sometimes ACR+Photoshop) combo.
I use both Affinity and Capture One, and believe that while Capture One is superior to Lightroom in many, but not all, aspects, Affinity is now capable of doing 90% of the things previously done in Photoshop. There are a few missing items for Affinity, too, but its price point and the ambition of its development effort make it an incredibly compelling option right now.
Affinity Photo does not yet have a great RAW converter built in, but this is currently undergoing a major overhaul for the 1.7 release. So as of right now, use of Affinity does depend on having a RAW converter accompany it, but as I’ve written recently, there are many to choose from.
The point is that Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro are programs that are sufficiently full-featured within their own niche that, taken together, they enable unlimited editing opportunity. Now, having said that, I would be the last person to deny that the same is true of a combination of, say, Darktable and GIMP, as a very good open source alternative. But professionals who want some level of technical support will currently still turn to the Affinity/C1 solution.