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Billsnature   US  Registered since 22nd Apr 2012 Sat 30-Jun-12 06:24 PM
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"Worth owning Nikon Capture?"



I am just switching back to Nikon from Canon. In my first Nikon life (D1H,D1X,D2H) I found Capture to be a wonderful tool and used it quite a bit. Once in Canon I migrated to Raw Shooter pro (now Lightroom) and then just Photoshop 5 for raw conversion.

I now own D800 and D800E. Is it worth buying Nikon Capture? I haven't had any moire issues so I don't need a removal tool at this point.

Is there any other benefit? Or just a waste of time and money compared to othe tools out there like DXO or Capture !?

Would appreaciate the thoughts of those using it.

Thanks
Bill

  

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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? robsb Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Donor Ribbon awarded for his enthusiastic and repeated support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? kartane
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? four eighty sparky Silver Member
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot
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Reply message RE: Worth owning Nikon Capture? GiantTristan Silver Member
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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Sat 30-Jun-12 06:56 PM
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I find Capture NX2 to be very useful. But it really depends on how proficient you feel in the software you are now using. This also is predicated on you shooting RAW (NEF) files rather than JPG.

CNX gives you images that exactly parallel what you captured with the camera, and also has the ability to manipulate all of the in-camera settings in post processing. I like that.

However, if you are proficient in other software, or are shooting JPGs, then CNX is probably redundant. You can probably achieve the same end result without it.

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robsb Platinum Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his expertise in CNX2 and his always amicable and continuous efforts to help members Laureate Ribbon awarded for winning in the Best of Nikonians 2013 images Photo Contest Donor Ribbon awarded for his enthusiastic and repeated support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   San Jose, US  Nikonian since 23rd Aug 2006 Sat 30-Jun-12 08:53 PM
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I am proficient in Photoshop and CNX2 and prefer to use CNX2 for RAW conversion instead of ACR. I like to work in the NEF format. As Mick says it depends how proficient you are in Photoshop or LR as to whether or not you want CNX2. Photoshop is much more powerful and if you do Panos and HDR or usually blend multiple images together Photoshop is the way to go. What CNX2 offers is a very simple interface that allows you to make changes to RAW files that does not require that you have to use layers or complicated masks to get professional results as the SW does that for you. Also if you use ADL CNX2 is the only SW that will properly process the file. Finally I like the fact that all my edits are stored in the NEF and that all my camera settings are recognized and applied to the image when opened. It saves me time in processing.

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JonK Moderator Awarded for his high level skills and in-depth knowledge in various areas, such as Wildlife, Landscape and Stage Photography Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   New York, US  Nikonian since 03rd Jul 2004 Sat 30-Jun-12 09:51 PM
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After five years using Photo Mechanic-CNX2 as my workflow, I got tired of waiting for CNX3 and Photo Mechanic's catalog function. Lightroom has become a sophisticated catalog and darkroom app. The camera profiles in LR are very, very close to what Nikon provides. LR is faster and more powerful, yet it has introduced additional controls that allow more precise image adjustment.

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kartane   AU  Registered since 23rd Apr 2012 Sun 01-Jul-12 03:25 AM
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Nikon is slow to update their software. Also Nikon mistakenly gives us what they think we need rather than what we want. The 3rd party makers can afford to cater to user needs because of much higher sales.

IMO Nikon should include its best software free, at least with the pro cameras. They could then benefit from a larger feedback base.

I use Lightroom 4 now and rarely touch Photoshop any more. LR4 seems to guess what I want rather than the you-get-what-you-select-and-no-more attitude from Photoshop.

Colin

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mklass Platinum Member As a semi-professional involved in all manner of photographic genres including portraiture, sports, commercial, and events coverage, Mick is always ready to help Nikonians by sharing his deep knowledge of photography and printing. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014   Tacoma, US  Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006 Sun 01-Jul-12 07:24 PM
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"Also Nikon mistakenly gives us what they think we need rather than what we want."

CNX is pretty much what I want, realizing that it can't be everything for everybody. Photoshop does that, but also required plug-ins to do things in a more user friendly manner. LR is a somewhat the same.

CNX is updated as new camera models come out to maintain compatibility. Yes, they haven't done a major upgrade for quite a while, but it still works very well, so why change it just for the sake of change?

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four eighty sparky Silver Member  US  Nikonian since 08th Apr 2011 Sun 01-Jul-12 05:26 AM
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If I'm not mistaken, you can download & try CNX2 for a 30 day trial. I did, and dropped the dime on it after 3 or 4 days.

Never have considered using anything else for the heavy lifting I need done. GIMP just to polish off the jpeg.

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot   East Frisia, DE  Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004 Sun 01-Jul-12 09:00 PM
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I like it simple, therefore I use CNX2.

All I need.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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GiantTristan Silver Member  Stamford, US  Nikonian since 08th Jan 2006 Sun 01-Jul-12 09:35 PM
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Though I have NX2 and PS, I have been using DxO plus LR almost exclusively for many years, I use DxO for raw conversion and most adjustments and LR mainly for cataloging. This combination gives excellent results with substanial time savings.

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