Having been a Topaz user for some time , and loving their BW Effects 2,I just added the Nik suite free download ( I had Cfx3 in NX2) The Topaz software mirrors many of the features in Silver Efex, but adds to it with really useful tools such as Adaptive Exposure. Well worth a look, and still being developed, unlike the Google/Nik stuff, I think. Selling off cheap doesn't suggest a continuing commitment . Topaz DeNoise also compares well, & I find the other Topaz software very useful. I do like the Nik HDR, and may use it more than Photomatix-controls sem more intuitive. Chris
#1. "RE: Best BW plugin ? Nik v Topaz" In response to Reply # 0
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I use Topaz Clarity, Adjust, and Detail. I think they are excellent products. I compared a trial of Topaz BW Effects to my copy of Nik Silver Efex Pro 2. I found the capabilities were pretty similar. I do like the Topaz Adaptive Exposure (it is in Adjust as well) but found I could get similar results using the Silver Efex Dynamic Brightness, Soft Contrast, and Structure tools. I prefer the Nik Control Points to the Topaz local adjustment brushes. But I like the Topaz color adjustment tools better. I don't think you can go wrong with either.