Is it fair to say that all of these systems do a good job of processing and producing sharp photos starting with RAW photos from my D7000? I have all three and my objective is to use only one of them, and use CS 5 only on the occasional photo as needed. I am finding the learning curves to be challenging. I have had Lightroom for about a year and am most familiar with it, but the RAW processing power of the NX2 and the simpler design of Aperture have me wondering if Lightroom is the best choice.
#1. "RE: ViewNX2+CaptureNX2 vs Aperture 3 vs Lightroom 3" In response to Reply # 0
>Is it fair to say that all of these systems do a good job of >processing and producing sharp photos starting with RAW >photos from my D7000?
I believe so. Imagine going to a gallery today and viewing professional prints - all of which could have been made from any of these tools, with no one really being able to tell which tool was used to process the image.
I think the industry is at 'reasonable equivalence' regarding quality, and we are left to choose the tools that best fit our individual workflow and feature-set desires.
#2. "RE: ViewNX2+CaptureNX2 vs Aperture 3 vs Lightroom 3" In response to Reply # 0
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I think in the end they answer is they all do a good job, but require different levels of skill, time and dollars to get there. Adobe is the industry standard and has been for well over 20 years, but if you want a starting point that makes use of all the built in features that your Nikon has and you want that image to look like what you saw on the camera monitor than only CNX2 is going to do that. If you have a need for speed and do large batch work, than LR or Photohop may be more for you. Or you may do like many of us do, use CNX2 for all RAW processing and use Photoshop as necessary thereafter if at all.
#3. "RE: ViewNX2+CaptureNX2 vs Aperture 3 vs Lightroom 3" In response to Reply # 2
Thank you for your thoughtful answers. I think that I will try Capture NX2 next. One feature of Aperture that I don't care for is that they handle photo files like iPhoto, ie you don't simply have a file folder arrangement in my MAC's Finder, you have your photos in the Aperture (and/or iPhoto) libraries. I am old and find it hard to accept that my files are in a library and not in a normal folder/file system in Finder. Maybe my discomfort arises from the fact that I don't understand the beauty of that system?