Hello All, I am a new member and hope to learn a lot as well as contribute as I develop in the hobby. I have a Nikon D600 with a Nikon 24-120 F4 and some Tamron lenses. I would like to know if Capture NX2 is the best software for processing NEF files and if its distortion correction will be ok for my Tamron lenses. I have a copy of NX2 and Lightroom 4.4 as well both of which I have only just begun to learn. Is there any advantage to using both? Is the upgrade to Lightroom 5 worthwhile for me? I am an intermediate user who does not do a lot of post processing, only the few shots that I would like to show at a camera club etc. Thank for your help. Ian
There really isn't a "best software for processing NEFs" - just personal preferences. NX2 will automatically correct your 24-120mm 4.0, but you'll need to correct your Tamron lens manually for both distortion and light fall-off. NX2 only corrects Nikon lenses. Lightroom will do both automatically (or at least potentially - it depends on the specific lens). It can handle Nikon, Tamron, Tokina, Sigma and Zeiss lenses, so that's an advantage.
Lightroom 5 has some nice enhancements, but if your use is very casual, you might be just fine sticking with LR4.
Rick, Thank you for that info. I notice in LR4 there are not many lens profiles - I could not find any for my Tamrons. Is this normal or do I have to do some update to include my specific lens types? Regards Ian
Here's a webpage that includes a reasonably current listing of lenses that are formerly supported in Lightroom. If your lenses are not included, let me know which ones they are, and I'll check an alternate method.
Rick, Thank you so much! I have bookmarked that page. All my lenses seem to be listed there. If they do not show up in LR in the drop down does that mean I have to download the particular profile? Regards Ian