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Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 18, 2008, 07:05:16 am
Hi there....I'm new here...forgive me if this has been flogged to death but i'm still witnessing debate where for me, there is definately no debate.....

....a good friend of mine, photographer most of his life and absolute technician....yes, he actually understands MTF curves for example (heh heh heh) told me point blank....Nikon are bast***s....they have kept their technology for RAW conversion on their NEF's to themselves and there's no way to get the best colour from your shots unless you use Capture NX.

.....he says Lightroom, Photoshop and its RAW convertors are no match....

Scoffing at his remarks I set about downloading the trial version and installed it into my Macs.....works fine on G5 Intels but NOT on my G5 pre-intel....just doesnt even open up....any ideas why???? anyway, I digress.....I opened up the programme and started opening my images on NX.

In summary: WOW....Capture NX is DEFINATELY the best programme for NEF (RAW) files....there is no question.....I hope NX3 when it happens works as fast as Lightroom and THEN we'd have a winner in our hands....it's not fast enough as many people have said.....but what a difference...and what great features it has!!!


Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: Schewe on November 19, 2008, 01:32:42 am
Quote from: sperera
....a good friend of mine, photographer most of his life and absolute technician....yes, he actually understands MTF curves for example (heh heh heh) told me point blank....Nikon are bast***s....they have kept their technology for RAW conversion on their NEF's to themselves and there's no way to get the best colour from your shots unless you use Capture NX.

Uh, Capture NX is written by Nik Software for Nikon...so Nikon doesn't even code NX...as for the "best color" perhaps at default, but I suspect if you are only using the demo of, what, exactly? Lightroom 2? If so, you prolly haven't downloaded the free betas of the new DNG Profiles from labs.adobe.com, right? You should and then spend a bit of time learning how to use Lightroom before proclaiming anybody a champ...
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 19, 2008, 03:12:34 am
Quote from: Schewe
Uh, Capture NX is written by Nik Software for Nikon...so Nikon doesn't even code NX...as for the "best color" perhaps at default, but I suspect if you are only using the demo of, what, exactly? Lightroom 2? If so, you prolly haven't downloaded the free betas of the new DNG Profiles from labs.adobe.com, right? You should and then spend a bit of time learning how to use Lightroom before proclaiming anybody a champ...

I'm using full, registered version of Lightroom 2 actually......what i meant to say, albeit untechnically is that Nikon have not given whatever 'information' they have to to enable the Adobe RAW conversions to work as well as they do in NX2......I see proof of that in every image i open......Lightroom and Photoshop does NOT give me the colour NX2 gives me......you misunderstood me......

Regardless I would welcome your advice as I dont presume to know other than what i see on the scrren in front of me.....
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: Schewe on November 19, 2008, 03:29:36 am
Quote from: sperera
Lightroom and Photoshop does NOT give me the colour NX2 gives me......


Then do to labs.adobe.com and download the DNG Profiles and then report back...
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 19, 2008, 06:41:40 am
Quote from: Schewe
Then do to labs.adobe.com and download the DNG Profiles and then report back...
Hey Schewe....I got the labs.adobe.com DNG profiles as you said and I must admit its way better.....way better......as a user of Lightroom 2 this is fantastic news as I'm using a trial NX2 and would have to purchase the full version as well if I still feel NX2 is better...Lightroom is the programme i most want to use trust me...'cos I bought it!!!!!!

...as a first impression I think Adobe has done its homework and the gap is a lot less perceptible than it was.....I will work with it for a few days and report back.....I'm designing a magazine spread as we speak and have opened some fots and find myself the 'Camera Neutral beta 2' profile most as the baseline for further enhancements....it seems to be giving me a larger tonal range across the board......

So yes, i take back my sweeping statement in the light of this new release by Adode and will promptly lash myself 25 times times with my Apple mouse chord in penance!! heh heh heh....although you can 'feel' my frustration when I'm dying to use Lightroom for the biggest chunk of my workflow and to me there was no comparison with the colour it was throwing up compared to NX2....so imagine the workflow timescales involved when having to batch images.....

ideally im looking for a shoot RAW - upload to Lightroom, sort all the shoot out - send to print or as TIFFs for inclusion in my design work oin Photoshop......I didnt want to include another programme in that...esp. slow yet exquisite NX2.....

The U Point technology in NX2 is still a seller for me though....but tell me, what's your conclusion Schewe.....forgive me, I'm new here and doing this as i work so i dont have time to read many posts.....
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: JeffKohn on November 19, 2008, 06:05:57 pm
I'll concede that Capture NX can extract a tiny bit more micro-detail from NEF's than ACR can (though this gap has gotten narrower a new releases of ACR have come out). And when it comes to noise reduction there's no contest, the Nikon software is clearly superior. But I've never understood people who say Capture/NX has better color. I've never liked the "Nikon" color, going all the way back to when I first got my D70. Too much cyan in blue skies, not to mention blue/purple and orange/red problems.

I guess if some people think the Nikon colors are more pleasing to them, that's great. But they're not more accurate. Take a shot of a color checker chart, and process it with both Capture NX and ACR. The ACR version will be more accurate. The only real problem with ACR's default color rendering is that the white balance presets have too much magenta in them. But this can easily be rectified by using custom WB or creating your own presets.

And that's before getting into ACR calibration and the new custom profile capabilities, which open up a lot of possibilties. I've used Color Checker chart to create my own custom profile, and then I've used that as a starting point to create a second profile for landscape/nature work that tweaks the greens for more pleasing foliage.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: madmanchan on November 19, 2008, 07:40:58 pm
sperera, it is true that one reason more folks aren't aware of the profiles for LR is that currently they're a separate download from the Adobe Labs site. That is the current situation, because the profiles are new and hence still in beta. This will change quite soon, i.e., the profiles will be bundled with LR so that folks won't have to go hunting on a separate web site to find them.

Jeff K, well said. As has been discussed in the L-L forums quite a few times, color is very subjective and it all depends on what the goals are. As long as you can get the colors you're after using the tools available (without too much struggle), that's what counts.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 19, 2008, 09:14:35 pm
Thanks guys....yes, colour is indeed subjective and I did shoot a colour testcard (now I've downloaded the DNG profiles as was suggested) and placed the colour pickers on the white and 'M' mid grey etc and am very pleased at the results Lightroom is now giving me....to  me LR was quite a bit off before I added the 'beta' profiles.....

....would be great for everyone if these were part of a Lightroom 'upgrade' for users who still aren't aware of this like I was....and for these people here's the link to the profiles as it does take a while to find them....

http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/i...Fcameraprofiles (http://www.adobe.com/cfusion/entitlement/index.cfm?e=labs%5Fcameraprofiles)
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: GregW on November 20, 2008, 08:36:19 am
It's not a highlighted feature, but as a Nikon shooter I really apreciate the Nikon DNG Profiles. Adobe have been pretty responsive to the needs of most LR users. This is another example, one I honestly didn't expect.

Nikon's color modes were only ever supposed to be a temporary workaround but as is so often the case, they stuck around and have become important parts of the Nikon lexicon. Mode I for portraits and skin tones, Mode II for maximum gamut and post processing and Mode III for landscapes and nature. I and II were particularly useful when you needed to get a JPEG out very quickly.

Despite using the Tom Fors profile generator, It's great to have these Nikon looks as starting points.

Now, if there were a way to crow bar control points and soft-proofing in to LR

Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 20, 2008, 09:37:55 am
...tell me about the Tom Fors profile generator then.....
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: GregW on November 20, 2008, 12:06:32 pm
Quote from: sperera
...tell me about the Tom Fors profile generator then.....

Enjoy the delights of self service... http://www.fors.net/chromoholics/support/?w=GettingStarted (http://www.fors.net/chromoholics/support/?w=GettingStarted)
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: JeffKohn on November 20, 2008, 03:01:20 pm
The Fors profile generator and its derivatives are IMHO obsolete now that we have the DNG Profile Editor. I get better results with the latter, and it's much faster and easier to generate a custom profile.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: GregW on November 20, 2008, 06:47:53 pm
Quote from: JeffKohn
The Fors profile generator and its derivatives are IMHO obsolete now that we have the DNG Profile Editor. I get better results with the latter, and it's much faster and easier to generate a custom profile.

I agree.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: Tony Beach on November 23, 2008, 12:48:04 pm
I use uni-WB with my D300 and I have the hardest time getting the colors to look "right" with ACR; in fact, it's almost impossible.  So for quick and easy conversions with a minimum of fiddling, NX works much better for me -- in part because I spent some time developing the adjustments and work flow to get the most from my files (there is a learning curve with all converters); with ACR I spent about a year fiddling with the adjustments without much success, and when I bought Capture One LE it took about a day to start getting consistently better colors with my D200, plus Capture One LE delivered more detail than ACR.

Another consideration for me is that I got my version of NX free when I bought my D300 and upgrading ACR requires me to spend $300, so it actually costs me more to use ACR than it does to use NX.  Likewise, Capture One LE was upgraded for free so I still spent less than $100 for that converter.

I'm not wedded to NX and will consider using whatever converter delivers the best image, but I have never seen the best image for my Nikon DSLRs coming from ACR; sometimes I prefer Capture One, but almost always it's now NX.  I was using Raw Magick Lite with my D200 which only cost $35, but unfortunately that program was never upgraded to handle D300 files.  I would probably jump on Raw Photo Processor if I had a Mac, but right now I'm still using a PC.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: Tklimek on November 23, 2008, 05:03:50 pm
Hi Tony.....

In another forum, someone came up with a neat idea.  A RAW image would be posted with a few "ground rules" and experts with the use of various RAW converters then take the photo and process with the program they have the expertise in and then images are re-posted back to the forum.

This would seem to allow each "expert" to start with the same RAW image and post their processing results for all to see and judge for themselves.  In the end, is any RAW converter categorically better than another or does it really come down to workflow or personal preference?  I'm not sure but an interesting experiment for sure!  Maybe someone could do something like that in this forum.

Cheers...

Todd in Chicago


Quote from: Tony Beach
I use uni-WB with my D300 and I have the hardest time getting the colors to look "right" with ACR; in fact, it's almost impossible.  So for quick and easy conversions with a minimum of fiddling, NX works much better for me -- in part because I spent some time developing the adjustments and work flow to get the most from my files (there is a learning curve with all converters); with ACR I spent about a year fiddling with the adjustments without much success, and when I bought Capture One LE it took about a day to start getting consistently better colors with my D200, plus Capture One LE delivered more detail than ACR.

Another consideration for me is that I got my version of NX free when I bought my D300 and upgrading ACR requires me to spend $300, so it actually costs me more to use ACR than it does to use NX.  Likewise, Capture One LE was upgraded for free so I still spent less than $100 for that converter.

I'm not wedded to NX and will consider using whatever converter delivers the best image, but I have never seen the best image for my Nikon DSLRs coming from ACR; sometimes I prefer Capture One, but almost always it's now NX.  I was using Raw Magick Lite with my D200 which only cost $35, but unfortunately that program was never upgraded to handle D300 files.  I would probably jump on Raw Photo Processor if I had a Mac, but right now I'm still using a PC.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 24, 2008, 03:24:33 am
Quote from: Tklimek
Hi Tony.....

In another forum, someone came up with a neat idea.  A RAW image would be posted with a few "ground rules" and experts with the use of various RAW converters then take the photo and process with the program they have the expertise in and then images are re-posted back to the forum.

This would seem to allow each "expert" to start with the same RAW image and post their processing results for all to see and judge for themselves.  In the end, is any RAW converter categorically better than another or does it really come down to workflow or personal preference?  I'm not sure but an interesting experiment for sure!  Maybe someone could do something like that in this forum.

Cheers...

Todd in Chicago

EXCELLENT IDEA ACTUALLY.....

I'm back to thinking Capture NX2 is quite a bit better even with the improvements Adobe managed to create with the DNG profiles.....the tests with the colour chart were great but then real life kicked in and im still getting better images with NX2

So im back with saying Capture NX2 is my preferred RAW convertor.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on November 24, 2008, 04:36:22 am
Quote from: sperera
EXCELLENT IDEA ACTUALLY.....

I'm back to thinking Capture NX2 is quite a bit better even with the improvements Adobe managed to create with the DNG profiles.....the tests with the colour chart were great but then real life kicked in and im still getting better images with NX2

So im back with saying Capture NX2 is my preferred RAW convertor.

what were the results from this other forum then????? and can we have links?
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: garyb50 on November 25, 2008, 02:04:51 pm
While I generally agree I can get better results with NX than ACR, NX is so excruciatingly slow on my G4 Mac as to actually be unusable. And coupled with the slowness is the stunningly cumbersome palette scheme. Consequently, I so rarely use it I forget it's even on my drive.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: gouldm on November 26, 2008, 04:06:00 am
Hi,

I thought I'd add this real world example...

This first image is using Lightroom 2 and the ACR 4.4 profile. The areas surrounding the castle (yellow in the other two images) are clipped in this image.
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This one is Lightroom 2 and the new beta profile.
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And this last one is using Capture NX2.
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You'll have to enlarge these images and put them all side by side to see the differences, but the differences should be very obvious!

Thanks Jeff for pointing out the beta profiles. All of these images are unedited (I have also minimized the defaults applied by the software as far as I know how!). I think they do highlight some of the improvements Adobe say they have been working on (in the yellows/oranges). The image was made with a Nikon D300.

Unfortunately I don't think there is any 'best' piece of software as even if one defines 'best' as most accurate (please don't shout 'subjective' at me!), it seems that the best is constantly changing (one of the things you can't see in these images is the extra shadow detail in the Capture NX 2 image), so I guess we'll have to keep reevaluating :-)

Regards,

Mark.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: BernardLanguillier on December 15, 2008, 04:17:30 am
Quote from: gouldm
Thanks Jeff for pointing out the beta profiles. All of these images are unedited (I have also minimized the defaults applied by the software as far as I know how!). I think they do highlight some of the improvements Adobe say they have been working on (in the yellows/oranges). The image was made with a Nikon D300.

Unfortunately I don't think there is any 'best' piece of software as even if one defines 'best' as most accurate (please don't shout 'subjective' at me!), it seems that the best is constantly changing (one of the things you can't see in these images is the extra shadow detail in the Capture NX 2 image), so I guess we'll have to keep reevaluating :-)

NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers... it really is much faster than PS, and all these modifications have less impact since they are applied before raw conversion.

I still prefer PS mask approach for final tuning, but NX2 allows you to get quickly a start point of very high quality.

Detail is good, but probably still not quite as good as Raw Developper or C-1 4.1.

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on December 15, 2008, 04:24:24 am
I agree exactly with what you're saying......

Im gonna try this Raw Developper you speak of....the trial version is available for download.....I'll let you know what I think
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: Baxter on December 15, 2008, 09:31:45 am
Quote from: BernardLanguillier
NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers...

Any idea why the U-Points are restricted to having a circular area of influence? There are many images whereby a rectangle and ideally a user-definable shape would be far more beneficial.

It is easy to get good results on this software, but image management falls a long way short of something like LR and Aperture.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on December 15, 2008, 09:38:26 am
Quote from: Baxter
Any idea why the U-Points are restricted to having a circular area of influence? There are many images whereby a rectangle and ideally a user-definable shape would be far more beneficial.
that is annoying actually as it all starts to affect colours you dont want to touch etc but thats the way it is for now...unless anyone knows something I don't. A user definable shape is like what you have in Photoshop etc so it defeats the purpose of doing it so fast and easily....

It is easy to get good results on this software, but image management falls a long way short of something like LR and Aperture.
yeah....Lightroom with Nikon Capture NX2 image quality is what I want.....sure, they upgraded the DNG profiles and you bet BETTER colour as I said but Im still going to Capture to get the best colour no matter what anyone says.....in my opinion....

its a joke we have to pay to use it though.....if you have a Nikon then you should get Capture NX free....but this from people with $8,000 for thre D3x so....I aint holding my breath.....they'll bundle it with the D700 and others now and again to convince you of what a great deal you have
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on December 15, 2008, 09:42:42 am
NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers...
can you explain this please?!
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: jdemott on December 15, 2008, 01:49:38 pm
Quote
Any idea why the U-Points are restricted to having a circular area of influence? There are many images whereby a rectangle and ideally a user-definable shape would be far more beneficial.
The control points seem to use a selection algorithm that applies adjustments to areas in varying opacity depending on the similarity of tone and color to the selected point and also depending on the distance from the selected point.  So the selection (which can be seen with the show mask command) fades as the distance from the control point increases.  You can easily modify the area affected by a control point by using the various selection tools such as the lasso, rectangular marquee, brush and gradient tools.
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NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers...
can you explain this please?!
Apply an adjustment with curves (or whatever) which will affect the entire image.  Then use the Selection Control Point tool to limit the effect.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: BernardLanguillier on December 15, 2008, 05:44:45 pm
Quote from: Baxter
Any idea why the U-Points are restricted to having a circular area of influence? There are many images whereby a rectangle and ideally a user-definable shape would be far more beneficial.

Well, I guess that they have stitcked to circles for the sake of simplicity, but you are correct, it would be good to be able to generate other shapes also.

As you probably know though, it is possible to substract one U-Point from another in order to avoid impacting one smaller area that would have been impacted by the main U-Point.

The main case where a non circular U-Point would be helpful is obviously sky like modifications. Since you end up covering the whole image with a sky U-Point, and this tends to affect blues in the lower part of the image as well.

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: BernardLanguillier on December 16, 2008, 01:21:17 am
Quote from: jdemott
You can easily modify the area affected by a control point by using the various selection tools such as the lasso, rectangular marquee, brush and gradient tools.
 Apply an adjustment with curves (or whatever) which will affect the entire image.  Then use the Selection Control Point tool to limit the effect.

True indeed, but that adds one step. The ability to select from the onset the shape of the area covered by the U-Point would be a welcome feature IMHO.

Cheers,
Bernard
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on December 16, 2008, 11:31:32 am
actually....im still using it in trial mode.....when you buy it how many activations do you get....is it unlimited, as it should be...cos i for one have 3 computers i use in different locations.....what im looking for is unlimited activations for both Mac and PC versions cos i have to activate in 3 Macs and one laptop PC.....
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: jdemott on December 16, 2008, 12:54:26 pm
I think that there is no problem using NX2 on both Mac and PC.  I switched from PC to Mac and was able to simply enter my existing un-lock code numbers into the Mac version.  Photoshop makes you get a new license so you can't have Mac and PC at the same time on the same license.  The license for NX2 is limited to two computers.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: sperera on December 16, 2008, 01:13:43 pm
Quote from: jdemott
I think that there is no problem using NX2 on both Mac and PC.  I switched from PC to Mac and was able to simply enter my existing un-lock code numbers into the Mac version.  Photoshop makes you get a new license so you can't have Mac and PC at the same time on the same license.  The license for NX2 is limited to two computers.
cool...that answers my question.....two activations then.....
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: danamc on February 08, 2009, 12:15:21 pm
I just finished the first of three DVDs by Vincent Versace on NX2, what he calls Pixel Bootcamp 2.0, Unleashing the Raw Power of NX2.

Anyone who uses NX2 as a raw converter MUST see the video. It just blew me away. Worth every penny. Vincent does a great job explaing the nuances of the software.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: James R on February 08, 2009, 03:19:42 pm
Quote from: BernardLanguillier
NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers... it really is much faster than PS, and all these modifications have less impact since they are applied before raw conversion.

I still prefer PS mask approach for final tuning, but NX2 allows you to get quickly a start point of very high quality.

Detail is good, but probably still not quite as good as Raw Developper or C-1 4.1.

Cheers,
Bernard

+1  Comparing NX2 to C1 4.6, C1 produced more detail in my D3 files.  I have not messed around with U-Pts in conjunction with curve adjustments, guess I need to give it a try.  Thanks
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: ifocus on February 08, 2009, 06:45:14 pm
Moreover, I am using NX2 with the full version of Color EFEX Pro 3. This plug-in fully integrates with NX2 and yield superb results. I use NX2 99% of the time.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: danlo on April 18, 2009, 07:01:50 am
Hi there  Im just getting to know CaptureNX2 (after one year of total failure in producing the result I want) and know I finally have understood that the workflow is totally different in NX2 then in the latest ACR.

You who clame you get more details out of the nef-files in ACR must be talking about shadow detail not micro-detail because there NX2 is waaay ahead when it comes to rendering fine detail like hair asf. And when you learn, as I just did, how to use control points there is no shadow-problem any more and no looking back to ACR

Now to my problem, how do you change the default setting of 255 and 0 in the white and black point? Im still exporting images to photoshop because I have to manually change this everytime i open a new image in NX2..

Thankyou.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: howardm on April 18, 2009, 08:54:10 am
isn't that in the Levels preference?  It is for me in v2.2
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: James R on April 18, 2009, 07:34:27 pm
Quote from: BernardLanguillier
NX2 is a real gem once you have learned how to use the U-Points as a way to mask curves adjustment layers... it really is much faster than PS, and all these modifications have less impact since they are applied before raw conversion.

I still prefer PS mask approach for final tuning, but NX2 allows you to get quickly a start point of very high quality.

Detail is good, but probably still not quite as good as Raw Developper or C-1 4.1.

Cheers,
Bernard

+1 on CO1.  It brings out more shadow detail and NX2 or LR2.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: danlo on April 21, 2009, 08:02:30 am
Quote from: howardm
isn't that in the Levels preference?  It is for me in v2.2

Hi! Thankyou, I found it!  I also found where I can change the default Nikon Adobe Colour space to just Adobe RGB (1998)..

And now I have another problem.. The settings are all back to default when I start CNX2.2 again.. how do I save my settings as default?

Thankyou!
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: howardm on April 21, 2009, 08:57:58 am
On my Mac, the change in preferences/levels, sticks across NX2 restarts w/o any additional 'save settings'.  Maybe a PC thing  

speaking of color spaces, can someone explain the technical and usable/realworld differences between the std. aRGB space and the Nikon aRGB in NX2 ?
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: David Hufford on April 21, 2009, 10:46:32 am
Quote from: howardm
On my Mac, the change in preferences/levels, sticks across NX2 restarts w/o any additional 'save settings'.  Maybe a PC thing  

speaking of color spaces, can someone explain the technical and usable/realworld differences between the std. aRGB space and the Nikon aRGB in NX2 ?

My understanding is that there is no real difference except for the name. You might check here http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/n...-adobe-rgb.html (http://www.earthboundlight.com/phototips/nikon-srgb-nikon-adobe-rgb.html).
As far as saving the setting in Capture NX goes, it should save after you select it in preferences and you shouldn't have to do it again on restart. However, I have found that mine will occasionally rest itself partially or fully on restart (Mac). I am to the point that I just expect these sort of bugs as normal with Nikon software.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: JRSmit on April 26, 2009, 05:05:32 am
Quote from: James R
+1 on CO1.  It brings out more shadow detail and NX2 or LR2.

James R,

What do you mean with +1 on CO1?

I am working with both LR2.3 and NX2.2.1 to develop an understandign of both solutions.

Regards,

Jan R.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: howardm on April 26, 2009, 05:12:37 pm
that simply means he's in agreement w/ what the other poster (jamesr) said.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: MarkL on April 27, 2009, 12:45:30 pm
I tried lightroom with all kinds of profiles (yes even the labs.adobe.com DNG profiles) and as much as I hate to see it, the NX2 colours are much better. For landscapes the difference is unimportant enough to mean I still use LR but for people and especially weddings, the NX2 converted tiffs are just a level above.

I just wish it wasn't such a horrible piece of software to use: slow, clunky, illogical and unstable

If I was a full time pro shooting portraits, fashion or weddings and needed good workflow I'd be in despair. Convert and catalogue every file manually in poorly put together software for best results or use streamlined workflow knowing the results are not what they could be.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: howardm on April 28, 2009, 09:08:20 am
on the other side of the coin, at least w/ the Adobe DNG profiles, you can use their profile editor and tweak it to your liking but I
hear what you're saying re: NX
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: MichaelAlanBielat on April 28, 2009, 10:30:18 am
I have probably tried out every RAW conversion software out there (or at least my brain thinks so) and have come to the conclusion that each one has something "special" that makes it hard for me to uninstall from my computer...

Lightroom for example has an absolutely gorgeous printing mechanism... Too bad it doesn't have soft proofing but it does a great job as-is. I also like Lightroom to rip through thousands of images very quickly so I can tag the gems. Their cataloging feature is also very good so I can meta tag my images and export my catalog in the same directory as my master image folder so I can always come back to my images at their current state. The DNG Profile Creator is also a nice tool for getting accurate default colors. http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Profiles:Editor (http://labs.adobe.com/wiki/index.php/DNG_Profiles:Editor) I did find that to be a little tricky to get the best results since they ask for very specific lighting to shoot the colorchecker in. I found that the Capture to Print videos do a better job of doing it via ACR/Photoshop. Anyways, it is a great way to calibrate your camera based on your specific camera and not an overall general profile covering all the cameras within your particular model. Each could be slightly different you know?

Aperture is only useful for me when making albums and books. Other than that, I can take it or leave it. The controls are a lot more harder to get to than Lightroom.

Phase One Capture One: This program knocked my socks off for skin tones. Chunky interface but well worth it. I also like how it renders landscapes quite nicely. Great for taking your favorites and giving them a nice edit.

Capture NX2: Awesome for landscapes! I find myself taking my favorite handful of shots and running them through here. I am in love with their control points! This and Capture 1 are usually what I make my final image with. That means, the editing and exporting is all done through those programs. I would recommend Vincent Versace's Unleashing The Power of NX2 video (http://www.amazon.com/Nikon-Capture-NX2-Unleashing-Tutorial/dp/B001CRB5UY) available via Acme Educational (http://www.acmeeducational.com/versace/index.html)

I shoot Nikon by the way and have some D700s and a D90 for video experiments... Just my two cents about various RAW editing software out there. There are a bunch more but I found myself leaning towards the more well known ones.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: James R on April 28, 2009, 12:13:04 pm
Quote from: MichaelAlanBielat
I have probably tried out every RAW conversion software out there (or at least my brain thinks so) and have come to the conclusion that each one has something "special" that makes it hard for me to uninstall from my computer...

Lightroom for example has an absolutely gorgeous printing mechanism... Too bad it doesn't have soft proofing but it does a great job as-is.

Maybe Jeff Schewe can tell us if LR will be adding soft-proofing to its next major or minor upgrade?  It is suppose to be added in the near future.  That would make the print mod even better.
Title: Capture NX is THE best NEF convertor...in my opinion
Post by: MichaelAlanBielat on May 04, 2009, 04:25:58 pm
Quote from: James R
Maybe Jeff Schewe can tell us if LR will be adding soft-proofing to its next major or minor upgrade?  It is suppose to be added in the near future.  That would make the print mod even better.

That's a big 10-4 there buddy. I am hoping that Lightroom also adds a book/page creation module. That would be the bee's knees and then I can finally say goodbye to Aperture.