#1. "RE: Active D-Lighting... again, sorry!" In response to In response to 0 Wed 26-Dec-12 02:42 PM by elec164
In general, if you are not using Nikon software to convert the NEF's (or shooting in camera JPEG only) then don't use Active D-lighting.
Active D-lighting (especially when set high) alters the exposure and uses a custom tone curve when converting the NEF data. Third Party editors cannot access that proprietary information and will not process the data correctly.