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Fine image detail in a D600 NEF - NX2 versus DxO Optics Pro?


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KolinP Silver Member Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 13th May 2006
Tue 18-Dec-12 07:32 PM

Hello fellow Nikonians,

One of the "DxO Staff" on the DxO Optics Pro forum, Andy_F, has posted a proud claim that "Only DxO 8.1 seems able to extract the high resolution detail contained in the Nikon D600 NEF.", and he offers us a sample NEF file plus three full-size JPEG images, which he created in turn from DxO Optics Pro (DOP), from LightRoom (LR) and from Capture NX2 (CNX2).

Well, I don't own a D600, and I don't use LR, but I'm convinced that his sample-JPEG from his CNX2-rendered D600 NEF file does not do justice to CNX2 at all!! In fact, his CNX2-rendered JPEG is in my opinion a rather poor example of what CNX2 can deliver ... so I took up his challenge (whether it was an implied challenge or a deliberate one) and I've posted a response to his claim, with (IMO) my own much better CNX2-rendered JPEG for comparison.

Perhaps other Nikonians could do an even better job than I did with that D600 NEF image!? If you're interested, and if you feel like defending and/or comparing CNX2 against DOP version 8.1 or against LR, then pop over to the DxO Forum at:

DxO Version 8.1 for Nikon D600 (w Preset)

My versions of the NEF (with all my edit-steps on-board) & my final JPG are linked as downloadable files in my DxO Forum post.

Now ... my inner cynic is wondering if I've just been well and truly hooked by a clever bit of gently-provocative marketing by Andy_F leading (I suspect?) to my politely determined response to his "DxO" challenge, and now to this rallying-call here to my fellow Nikonians (in my sometimes neglected but still my natural 'home' Forum) !!

Anyway, CNX2 continues to be a well respected and perfectly viable RAW processor, and I hope I've helped to correct a misleading impression about its capabilities that were being tarnished by (actually) a genuinely nice chap called Andy_F, who I fear harbours a slightly myopic optimism about his favoured DxO Optics Pro RAW processing tool! Either that, or I should instead compliment Andy_F on a clever advertising ploy!!

Which is it, do you think?!

Colin P
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