Thu 24-Jan-13 11:13 AM | edited Thu 24-Jan-13 11:18 AM by briantilley
It's true that Nikons in general have a default sharpening setting in their JPEG processing that is lower than some people may be used to. Perhaps Nikon assume their discerning buyers dislike the "over-sharpened" effect that some other cameras provide.
But I've never found a need to do what you suggest, on any of my (or my wife's) Nikons from a D3100 to a D3s. Sharpness is a matter of taste anyway, and I'm not sure a blanket setting of +9 would be appropriate for everyone.
I always sharpen images selectively in postprocessing, based on how they are going to be printed or viewed.