I agree, unless using NX2 those settings won't be read ! I would also caution on using D-Lighting as it does have an influence on NEF files and not always on the good side when "developing" in any other software...
The great quality of the D3x files allows to work on shadows if the exposition is right, and I find that D-Lighting induces a less rich basic file !
Ok, I'm trying to figure out the D3X. I have lighting on it and read part of the manual for this mainly for the ISO. So I figured out how to change it and tried this three times. I took the same pictures at all different ISO setting and I can't really tell them apart. So you are telling me I have to put the Nikon disk that came with this camera into the computer and use that program to see the difference right?
Tue 13-Nov-12 10:03 AM | edited Tue 13-Nov-12 10:06 AM by walkerr
It sounds like you're mixing up two different settings: D-Lighting and ISO.
D-Lighting won't be read by anything other than Nikon software when shooting NEFs, but it's easy to replicate its results with most raw processing programs and do it more precisely. Raw processing programs will often have highlight and shadow sliders or a means of adjusting mid-tone brightness and those are what you use, coupled with a good exposure. Where D-Lighting might be handy is if you shoot in a jpeg format since that file format doesn't allow for highlight recovery and is less flexible at recovering shadow details.
ISO is not dependent on the software you use and changing that setting will certainly change the results. It's the same with any digital camera and any software - the D3X is no different than your other Nikon bodies. In fact, that's true for the D-Lighting feature as well.
Mp, "I took the same pictures at all different ISO setting and I can't really tell them apart."
If you shot the same image over and over using all of the ISO settings, I am fairly sure you should start seeing a difference in your image quality as the ISO increases—no matter what software you work with in post processing. If you compare a shot you took at ISO 200 against one shot at ISO 1600, you should definitely see a difference. You may need to zoom into 100% to really see it.
As others have stated, D-Lighting will not translate when proecessed in RAW files in software other than Nikon's software. The only exception is the white balance settings in your camera when you take the shot. Adobe software honors those settings when the file is opened, but you can still change it in the raw converter.
If you are shooting in RAW + JPG or just JPG, you'd need to pay closer attention to all of your in-camera settings.