I have recently purchased a D700, moving from a D200. The D700 is my first encounter with Active D-Lighting, this feature not being present on the D200.
I have purchased and read 'Mastering the Nikon D700' and have also purchased and consulted large sections of 'Thom Hogan's Complete Guide to the Nikon D700'.
I shoot almost entirely in RAW, 14 bit lossless compressed in the case of the D700 and process all of my images with DxO Optics Pro v7.
I have 'Active D-Lighting' set to 'Auto' and have found that many of my D700 images are underexposed and require adjustment in DxO. On reading around the use of Active D-Lighting I note that Thom Hogan's guide carries a warning about underexposure for RAW shooters using software other than Capture NX2 and recommends switching this feature off. He doesn't seem keen on this feature even when using Capture NX2.
I'd like to hear the views of experienced D700 users on this subject so that I can better understand how this obviously powerful feature works.