I want to create TIFF files of my best photos and print files. I use Capture NX2 + Nik CEP3 and batch creating TIFF files is fast on my machine. However, since I have a large number of photos to save as TIFF files, I thought it could be faster with PM5 that I also use in my workflow. However, I was wondering if PM5 would create the TIFF from the embedded .jpg file in the NEF file since PM5 cannot read (I assume) the CEP3 commands (nor the CNX2 commands). In orther words, I would assume that producing TIFFs from CNX2+CEP3 would likely give better results, but I'm not sure and I would probably not see the difference only by looking the result on my computer display.
So, what is the best way to TIFF (if there is one that keeps better quality): CNX2 batch or PM5 batch ?
I have to ask, why >do you want to create TIFs? > Because I am slowly changing my workflow from NX2-CEP3 to LR4-CEP4 and there are many photos that are already postprocessed that may need to be printed in several months down the way when I stop using NX2 (ex. for sale). I don't want to reprocess them when this happens and I want to have the best file possible before print sharpening, light adjustment and resizing.
A good reason, though it will cost you some disk space!
When I made that same migration two years ago I reprocessed existing images into Lightroom as practice and yes, I still had the CNX2 to export from the NEFs if I wanted to or had to. But it wasn't long before I had all the "good stuff" reprocessed in Lightroom.
FWIW, I reprocessed those LR images as my LR abilities, notably local selection techniques, improved. I also reprocessed everything when Lightroom 4 Process Version 2012 came out.
BTW, welcome to Lightroom!
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You can do it either way, but using PM is faster. PM will base it's conversion on the embedded jpg, showing the effects of the NEF edits in effect when you last saved the file. You must have the CNX preference "Save Preview when saving NEF/NRW" set to Thumbnail and Preview for this to work.
Thu 25-Jul-13 08:22 AM | edited Thu 25-Jul-13 08:25 AM by laurenm210
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