#10. "RE: DxO users?" In response to In response to 9 Thu 12-Apr-12 02:24 AM by mklass
I didn't think Active D-Lighting was "locked" into a NEF as it is adjustable and largely (if not completely) reversible in Capture NX, and I believe other software simply ignores it. I believe Eric Bowles started a long, fairly definitive thread on this a few month's ago.
Not sure about the noise reduction being baked into the NEF either.