"noiseware free v nik dfine - sample image compare..."
Currently exploring noise reduction software solutions. Picture taken on D200, ISO 800 (danger zone...), 300 f/4 af-s, 1/800 sec, f/8 handheld.
Subject about 18 feet away. Taken thru glass door...lousy long lens technique...at any rate..i don't see much of a difference. or maybe i need more time experimenting with the software to extract maximum value. Both images cropped about 60% with 145/1.4/1 CS2 sharpening (yes I am using CS2...)
Not sure how to compare the noise reduction parameters, but I recall the noiseware sliding bars were 70/80%, the Nik just over 100%, but not sure that is comparing apples to oranges as the noiseware sliders top out at 100%....
Noiseware visually looks nice, but bird looks almost cartoonish compares to Nik..
#3. "RE: noiseware free v nik dfine - sample image compare..." In response to Reply # 2
I have used Noiseware (Pro) for many years and have been very pleased with it. But when Google gave me Dfine2 I liked the seldom-miss automatic corrections and gave Noiseware to my son.
I would think the best way to compare the two would be to fine tune the settings in each program and then compare the results. Otherwise you are really just comparing the defaults of each. My feeling is that both programs do a great job and adjusting for the best image in each program will probably produce identical results. Then it comes down to how they fit into your workflow.