I have been looking at noise reduction software, and basically there are two products on the market, namely Noise Ninja and Dfine from Nik Software. I opted for Dfine because it is slightly easier to use, and I use other Nik Software products BUT HERE IS THE CATCH. If I could buy the download in the USA it would cost me $79.00 which is just below £50.00. Because I live in Europe I have to buy from Germany, and it is 119 which is around £107.00. We are talking about exactly the same product which is downloaded from the same place - I am not talking about hard copy, but a computer download. I have contacted the company by telephone, but they can offer no explanation at all to me, and I they refused to take a message for the sales manager to call me back. I think this is a blatant rip-off - I don't know about you!
Nik has some great software but IMO inflated pricing across the board. If their pricing was more competitive then I think they wold have much greater market share.
As for noise reduction I think both Nik and Noise Ninja are toys compared to Topaz DeNoise3 and even the built in lower version of DeNoise in Topaz Adjust is as good as other dedicated noise software. I have D300 ISO 1600 images that I ran through Denoise3 that look like they were shot at ISO 100. You not only do not lose detail but you can recover detail with their deblur function that acts like a CSI deconvolution routine. check out this post in the wildlife forum where I show an example in post #2 http://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=161&topic_id=94490&mesg_id=94490&page=
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Hi Gerry. I can see how that is frustrating. I encounter it too. Living in Canada and seeing lower prices on many goods across the border in the USA, just south of us, makes me think we are getting ripped off. But this is most often due to the usual differences in prices due to currency exchange rates, duties, and taxes. Quite often I add something to a web shopping cart and proceed to checkout to get a view of the true final price. Once I enter my address, additional charges often appear. Peter
Wed 04-Nov-09 11:22 AM | edited Wed 04-Nov-09 11:23 AM by output555
Without getting into the debate about pricing, there are many other software choices than the two you mentioned. As a starter, Photoshop has it's own set of effective noise reduction fliters. If you're unhappy with the cost of Dfine, shop around. Competition is the keystone of Capitalism.
I felt the same, but managed to get a discounted copy via my membership of NAPP. Now you can also get a discount via your Nikonians membership. For what it's worth, I find Define extremely effective when I want to carry out selective noise reduction on a single image. I have the full suite of Nik products, and it makes sense to use them all together if I am in CS4.
However, when I am working on larger batches of images, I prefer to use Noiseware Pro - which I don't think anyone else has mentioned yet. In its stand-alone version it handles whole folders of images like a breeze, and more effeciently than Define.
Noiseware is available in all its versions from Imagenomic, is cheaper than Define, and also attracts a discount for Nikonians members.
>Do I understand that NX2 is good for noise reduction? I was >wondering about purchasing standalone noise ninja... > >Would you please expand your comment. >Thanks, >Aubrey. >
What you have to remember is that Nikon cameras like the D300 etc. have built-in noise reduction and this is done by putting a 'tag' on the Nef file which is then picked up by the software and the software noise reduction is then applied. No ther software to the best of my knowledge can pick u this tag.
I bought UltraEdit a few years ago. They wanted to charge me VAT on the transaction because my credit card billing address was in UK. I explained I was not living in EU and gave them my overseas address. They then processed it without VAT.
Perhaps you need to give them a non-EU address. May I help!