I'm experiencing a strange problem with Nikon ViewNX 2 when viewing my NEF files (mostly landscape pictures shot on a Nikon D90): most images appear with banding or posterization in the sky, but when I transfer and open the same images in CaptureNX 2 the sky is rendered perfectly.
I am using a Dell U2711 color-calibrated monitor and think that this behaviour is quite strange. It occurs in almost every photo that has some sky on it, particularly in the darker parts.
Could it be that ViewNX uses a different rendering algorithm, maybe for faster display? Or maybe it oversharpens the image?
I checked that the preview in ViewNX shows directly the RAW file (not the JPEG part), and this effect is noticeable at different zoom levels (100%, screen fit, etc.).
I uploaded two screenshots of the same photo, one taken from ViewNX and the other one from CaptureNX.
Since both screenshots were saved as PNG files the quality is not as good as in RAW (NEF), but you can still see the differences.
#2. "RE: ViewNX vs. CaptureNX image rendering" In response to Reply # 1
>Just basic troubleshooting first. Are you running >current >versions of the programs? > >Member ChuckV has a similar thread going. Not sure if he's >been able to successfully resolve it (re: the rendering not >the posterization) yet.
Yes, I'm using the latest version of both software packages. Thank you for your comment.
#3. "RE: ViewNX vs. CaptureNX image rendering" In response to Reply # 2
Check your cache and refresh settings in ViewNX2. I'm away from my PP desktop at the moment, so I can't give you the exact path. But from what I remember when Nikon forced me to give up Nikon View 5 and go to VNX, I would set the cache to the same scratch drive as my other PP software, and force a refresh everytime I reloaded the thumbnails.