Sorry for such a basic question: my D100 is on the way, and despite much web searching, I can't figure out if I need Nikon Capture to work with images from it. The key word here is "need." From what I've been able to find, it seems that Nikon View will allow viewing AND conversion of .nef (RAW) files into 16-bit TIFFs, which I would inport into photoshop and make necessary image corrections there. I know that Nikon Capture allows additional manipulation of .nef files that Nikon View doesn't, but am I correct in understanding that I will be able to view and convert NEFs to 16-bit TIFFs just with the supplied software (Nikon View)? Or do I need Nikon Capture to do this?
Incidentally, if Nikon View does allow conversion to 16-bit, do people get Nikon Capture because of the equivalent of "do as much adjustment in the scanner/camera as possible rather than in Photoshop?" (If so, then not having nIkon Capture won't bother me because I do almost all of my adjustments in Photoshop rather than in my scanner software and haven't noticed much difference (I guess I could be convinced otherwise...)).
Or, am I missing something here? Is it only possible to get the "most" (in a real world sense, not theoretical) out of NEFs by using Nikon Capture and making adjustments in that software, even if it's possible to convert to TIFF using Nikon View and make photoshop adjustments?
I have a D100, Nikon View, and the fully-functional trial version of Nikon Capture 3 that comes with the D100. Your assessment of Capture vs View largely agrees with mine.
As far as I can see, the biggest difference is that Capture allows you to perform batch-processing of any number of files. This is important to professionals. View only lets you adjust and convert files on an individual basis.
NikonView 5 will do 80% of what capture does. but with capture you can change most of the settings for the pictures, overwritting the camera settings. things like sharpness mode, fine tuned white-balance and tonal compensation cannot be changed in NikonView. Surely you can use Photoshop to do that with a little more work.
If one doesn't see the need to capture NEF files, one can load the files (JOG, TIFF) from the CF card directly onto a hard drive (with an inexpensive card drive ) and process the images with software (Photoshop, ACDsee, etc.).