I'm one of those weird people who tends to "skip" software releases. As a result, I'm still using Adobe Creative Suite 4. That version of Photoshop will not work with D800 NEF's. I can use View NX2 to convert them to 16-bit TIFF's, but needless to say this isn't optimal.
I'm willing to buy either Lightroom 4 or Capture NX2, but not both. Given my plans to buy CS6 shortly after release, would it make sense to buy Lightroom and gain the organizational stuff, or NX2 and get some alternative editing capabilities long term?
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#1. "RE: Lightroom vs. NX2 with Creative Suite 6" In response to Reply # 0
If you intend to utilize the Adobe toolset, I think Lightroom is the right choice. Incompatable software leads to cumbersome workflow. Depending upon your post-processing needs, you might find yourself staying within the LR environment far more than within CS6. It's a very productive application for photography.
#2. "RE: Lightroom vs. NX2 with Creative Suite 6" In response to Reply # 0
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Personally, I would go for the LR4 and CS6 combo. It's a very effective and powerful combo. I've used the combination of LR and Photoshop for years, and I remain pleased with it. The enhancements you'll get from LR4 and CS6 when used in tandem should be significant.
#3. "RE: Lightroom vs. NX2 with Creative Suite 6" In response to Reply # 0
I'm one of those Luddites that still thinks Capture NX2 gives you the best opportunity to work with your NEFs.
You get the best initial rendering of your image, based on your camera settings, you get the ability to adjust your camera settings in post processing, and you get correction controls designed for Nikon equipment. U-Point technology is built in and the ability to globallly or selective edit the image allows for a lot of creativity and flexibility.
With the recent spate of Lightroom compatable "plug-ins" most of these have become able to operate as standalone apps, allowing you to apply them to CNX generated TIFs or JPGs. In Nik's case, the Lightroom/aperture plug-ins are less expensive than the PS compatible versions.
I prefer embedding most of the edits in a nondistructive manner in the NEF with no sidecar files. I save specific JPGs for non-NEF edits.
I use CNX with Photo Mechanic. The pair work great together as an editing-file management combo. The combined cost of the 2 is far less than LR/PS.
The question of whether an Adobe centric workflow or a NEF centric workflow is better is largely one of personal style and taste. It's sure been debated here enough. But, since you asked for opinions, I thought I'd throw mine into the ring.
In the end, it's the results that matter, not the process of getting there.
#4. "RE: Lightroom vs. NX2 with Creative Suite 6" In response to Reply # 0
The leanings of my current workflow have me working in Photoshop CS5 Extended with the occasional use of Lightroom 3. I also use X-Rite ColorChecker Passport when shooting people (accurate skin tones) or in natural locations where there are a lot of highly saturated elements like flowers and/or where there are many different shades of green. I am very pleased with results I get. The same goes for when I use it indoors. Using my own generated camera profiles really cuts down my processing time in ACR. I have noticed also that when using CC Passport picking a white point (WB) in ACR is not usually necessary, the profile provides a very good starting point that rarely needs tweaking. This is during daylight times and not necessarily at sunrise/sunset mind you, or when I feel a creative twist is needed.
I have already upgraded to LR 4 and I will be upgrading to PS CS6 as soon as it is available.