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RAW processting with Aperture Vs Capture NX 2


Newton, US
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dswelfelt Registered since 12th Oct 2012
Sat 26-Jan-13 06:09 PM

I shoot a D300s, use RAW (NEF) and import and organize all my images via Aperture. I also use all of the Nik plugins for Aperture.
Question, since I shoot in RAW, is there an advantage to using Capture NX 2 for RAW processing & adjustments over what is available with Aperture? Am I missing something by not using Capture NX 2?

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#1. "RE: RAW processting with Aperture Vs Capture NX 2" | In response to Reply # 0

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Sun 27-Jan-13 12:22 AM

There have been many many discussions about using CNX2 v.s. (Put Post Processor here) discussions. But here in a nutshell is the difference. Only you can determine if this is a big deal to you or not. Capture NX2 is the only tool I am familiar with that reads ALL of your Nikon camera settings and applies them to the NEF on opening the file. Any company that purchased a license to use the Nikon Tool kit can do the same but as far as I know neither Adobe nor Aperture did. So what does this mean. It means that the other post processors can only read WB, and of course they know the f stop and shutter speed you used. They cannot read nor apply Picture Controls, though Adobe has come up with some presets that "mimic not read" the effect of setting a picture Control. If you use ADL, CNX2 is the only program that can read the setting and properly apply the proper adjustments. CNX2 automatically corrects distortion from most Nikon Lenses and will also defish an image. Now the downside is this No program can read another's NEF edits. So if you edit NEFs in Aperture or Adobe and open that file in CNX2 or vice versa, you will not see the edits. So if you open a NEF in CNX2 and do edits or want to apply all the stuff I said you can't do in another post processor, then you need to save the NEF (CNX2 saves all the NEF edits withing the NEF not side cars) and then do an "Open With " command in CNX2 which will open a TIFF with all the baked in changes in your chosen post processor.

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