Hi, I'm really thinking about buying a D100. I'm taking mostly wildlife pictures. Can I use my manual Nikkor ED 500/1:4 without any problems. Can I use matrix, center-weighted and spot metering? I use PS 5.5. Can I transform NEF-files into Tiff with Nikon Capture or do I need PS 7?
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Or you can get Bibble for free http://www.bibblelabs.com as long as you don't require batch processing. Batch processing gets disabled after 10 ? (30 ?) days.
I used Bibble for a while, but I like the colors of Nikon Capture better. IMO Bibble produces warmer colors. Nikon Capture's colors are more neutral. But, especially with Landscape pictures I often add a touch of warm colors manually - does this still make sense?
Usually, I do a batch on all NEFs into smaller JPGs. Then I go back and do a manual conversion of the keepers.
I needed batch conversion and since I was able to get Nikon Capture for the same price as Bibble I went with NC.
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Actually, if you do get a D100 I'd suggest you get hold of the trial versions of all three and see which one produces the results you like the most - there are noticable differences, but in the end it comes down to personal preference.
If your 500mm is the "P" model metering will be maintained with the D100.
As for NEF conversion you have multiple options:
1) NiklonView (ships with camera) has a rudimentary NEF editor - it's not as full featured but allows mods to things like exposure and white balance. It also comes with a photoshop plugin so photoshop can read the NEFs.
2) Bibble for about $99. I like the Bibble interface, but the fact that it creates a second .bib file to store the changes in (while really nice that it doesn't modify the original) doesn't work well with my image mgmt and filing software.
3) Nikon Capture which I'm liking more and more.
4) If you have PS-7, Adobe just announced their own RAW converter for $99 (future versions of PS will have it included for free!).
All of them allow you to save the NEF in multiple formats.