I have a question that I have not seen specifically answered.
I am deciding what SW tools to use in my Post Processing. I have heard that Nikon SW tools "read" the RAW files and read camera setting as they have been set up. I realize that Adobe (and others) attempt to simulate those settings but don't read the exact setting off the Nikon camera.
Here is the question: Does View NX do any of the RAW Nikon magic or is it just a viewer and Capture NX2 needed to interpret the Nikon Camera settings?
#1. "RE: View NX vs Capture NX2" In response to Reply # 0
View NX 2 is the latest free Nikon browser and it (like previous versions) will "read" every camera setting and display them. Being basically a browser it also has a substantial editing capability especially if you use RAW files.
For more advanced editing including selective editing and much more, then Capture NX2 is IMO the program to have...
Regards, Clive Liddell Pietermaritzburg South Africa
#2. "RE: View NX vs Capture NX2" In response to Reply # 0
As noted Nikon View NX2 is the free image processor provided by Nikon while Nikon Capture NX2 is a purchased program from either Nikon or Nik Software. Capture NX2 provides the ability to save changes back to a NEF file, have an undo edits, and whole list of editing features not available to View NX2. For an additional payment you can add Nik Software's Color Efex Pro 3.0 digital filter plug-in to Capture NX2. Capture NX2 has a very flexible B&W conversion feature that allows control of the gray tones.
#3. "RE: View NX vs Capture NX2" In response to Reply # 2
I've pretty much relied on Capture NX2 (CNX)to do my image editing, but with the recent release of View NX2 (VNX), and the need to process a recent wedding shoot, I though I give VNX a try.
For minor and global edits (Brightness, contrast, sharpness, shadow and highlight adjustments, etc.) VNX was very capable. It was very useful for reception shots of the guests where the image is not so critical.
CNX is is far better at fine tuning an image, and has the ability to work globally on the whole image, or selectively on just portions of it. The range of tools is broader (there is no saturation adjustment in VNX) and the Color Efex plug-in is available to really broaden the range of options. I use CNX for processing and editing the formals and ceremony shots where the look of the bride and groom (especially the bride) is very important, and where I may want to be more creative with the image.
Other items to note: I find VNX to be much slower saving files after changes (NEFs) and converting to JPGs than CNX. This negates some of the speed advantage. (I am running a Win Vista 64 bit Quad Core machine with 8 GB or RAM).
VNX opens faster than CNX, but that is a one time thing at the beginning of each session, so unless you are constantly opening and closing the program, that isn't much of an issue.
VNX seems very stable so far. My installation of CNX is good, (others seem to have problems) it does crash occasionally, but no more than Photoshop for me.
So I guess your decision should be based on whether or not you need to intensively edit your images, or want to be more creative. Since VNX is free, it is only a question of whether you want to spend some money on CNX for the additional capabilities.
#5. "RE: View NX vs Capture NX2" In response to Reply # 0
My view is similar to Mick's - View NX does a good job with the basic settings, but lacks the ability to apply edits to a selection. View NX also handles camera settings in the same manner as the Capture NX2.
I do find that things like exposure adjustments and white balance are easy to adjust in View NX while I am rating images.
But for my main editing, I find that the ability to apply edits selectively has become very important. I actually apply relatively few edits on a global basis these days.
There is a new version of View NX just released - View NX2. I've just tried it briefly, but my first impression is that it is a nice upgrade. And it's free!
I consider Capture NX2 a bargain and a very useful tool.