I've been using Aperture for over a year and like the basics. However, I recently tried the beta version of Lightroom 4. I've been comparing the RAW conversion that I get in Lightroom 4 beta, Aperture, and NX 2. It looks to me like Lightroom 4 beta produces an image that is more similar to the RAW conversion in NX 2, which I like. I don't have a lot of pre-sets in my D7000 that are applied to the NEF and imaged in NX 2. I DO understand this distinction. I wondered if others have made this comparison and observed similar results. (I also realize that this may not be a totally fair comparison, but, the advantage to either Lightroom or Aperture is a faster work flow than using NX 2. I still like NX 2 a lot and wish it were better supported.
#1. "RE: Aperture vs. Lightroom" In response to Reply # 0
At this point in raw conversion, I think the choices pretty much come down to personal preference and workflow desires vs. image quality. Good practitioners will get good results with any of these packages. Take the time to really learn the software and fine-tune your default settings to match your preferred rendering.
#3. "RE: Aperture vs. Lightroom" In response to Reply # 2
>^^^ > >Thats about the best advice I have herd in a long time!
Ditto on that comment, everyone has an opinion about this or that, but the one true piece of advice that works every time is: "Choose what works for you and then become an expert in how to wring the most out of its tool set."
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