I just happened to watch part of a D700 instructional video on Kelby. The gal that was in the video said she liked to turn up the sharpening in each of the picture control settings: SD,NL,VI and MC, which are each individually adjustable. She had mentioned the D700 has a low pass filter in it which will soften your images so very slightly, this is why she likes adjusting the sharpness up.......My question, Is this accurate?
I would just like to ask for confirmation that when you apply sharpening in camera, it does not affect the NEF file in any way.
I only shoot RAW, but like to have the sharpening turned up to 5 or 6 in camera so when I press the centre joystick button I can see if I have a sharp capture at 100% on my focus point. I find it hard to tell critical sharpness, such as an eye-without it. Once they are in NX2/ACR I will pre-sharpen and generally massage the file.
I just want to double check that I am not applying sharpening on top of sharpening by doing it this way, as the image I see on my lcd is not a NEF. Is that correct? I hope so as i've been doing it for a while.
In-camera sharpening affects the NEF in two ways that I know of. First, the sharpening is included in the picture control settings in the NEF written by the camera. As far as I know, Capture NX2 and View NX are the only programs that read and respect that setting. If you use Adobe software, this setting in the NEF won't have any affect.
Second, the in-camera sharpening is applied to the preview JPG that the camera embeds in the NEF. The camera's LCD or any software that displays the embedded JPG (like Photo Mechanic) will show the sharpened image.
Many people turn the in-camera sharpening way up just to get the sharpness in the preview and then remove it as an initial post-processing step with NX2 using a saved setting. As you have mentioned the in-camera sharpening can aid in judging the image on the camera's rear LCD.