I have been using LR4 to render my files from yesterday and today and pleased with the results. For an experiment I tried Capture NX2, which I did not think was the latest version. To my surprise not only did it recognize the profile, the detail was just sharper and had more pop, even setting everything to default settings, Standard PC. I think Adobe needs to keep working on their D800 profile. Usually they get very close after a couple updates after a new Nikon is released. No matter what I did, the images just looked better on my monitor with standard settings in NX2, without any adjustments than my efforts with LR4. Another discovery, well not really, we all know you can crop a lot more., is just how much I could crop and still have a usable image.The D7000 has a similar pixel size and density but even DX mode images on the D800 could be cropped a good deal more than the D7000 files. Stan St Petersburg Russia
I haven't used NX2 but I'm using LR4 to process my D800 images and to my eye they are coming in a little flat. I feel like I need to really pump up the contrast and vibrance just to get to something like the situation.
On the flip side, so far, the WB seems more accurate to me out of the gate than images from my D300. But, I have to admit I struggle with WB a lot. I always let the camera set it and I go back and forth tweaking it over and over to get what I think is right. So, maybe it's me!
Re LR and a bit flat -- are you using "Camera standard"? I find that much closer, but I import with a preset which adds a bit of sharpening, a bit of clarity. You can do the same - pick a representative shot, adjust the major settings a bit to grossly tune it to what you want, save the preset, use it from then on. You can do camera specific presets also.
I'm getting great detail nd color with Capture straight from the camera. The one problem area is a set of flower close ups where I am having a problem with clipped reds. I'm still trouble shooting that one since my thumbnails are very good and my open images are the problem.
>Both produce very good (and similar) results once you master >how to use them. > Hi Rick,
So far I couldn't get Camera Raw to produce same quality as Capture NX2 with my D200 / D300 / D800. Would you have a simple recipe to get us started? I'd love to use LR4 and CS6 more but many times if I want best IQ I fall back to NX2.
Not having my D800 yet (adorama/Nikon, lets get things moving!), I do use Lightroom 4 (and all the releases before that as well as CS6 now). I agree that the default "calibration" for raw files often lacks pop, clarity, contrast and even color accuracy (not talking white balance here). So, I decided to try out the color checker passport about a year ago with my D300/D700, and not I swear by it. I always take a picture of it when I have any new kind of lighting condition, and use this to create a custom calibration for that set of photos. I then have a perfectly calibrated raw engine for that set of photos ( and an easy way to color correct).
I have CS5, DXO and of course NX2. For web use I use DXO it brings the pictures down to a smaller size. I flat quit using CS5 not worth the time and trouble to mess with. For the very best quality ViewNX2 is by far the best, by far. I did a series of pictures yesterday of flowers and the NX2 are stunning. A little later today they will be in my Flowers 2012 gallery. If you look check the EXIF and see how my old 28-200 did.
>I have CS5, DXO and of course NX2. For web use I use DXO it >brings the pictures down to a smaller size. I flat quit using >CS5 not worth the time and trouble to mess with. For the very >best quality ViewNX2 is by far the best, by far. I did a >series of pictures yesterday of flowers and the NX2 are >stunning. A little later today they will be in my Flowers 2012 >gallery. If you look check the EXIF and see how my old 28-200 >did.
Update DXO 7.5 with the new presets just kills NX2. Detail is by far better than anything I've used so far.
Having read your post, I tried NX2 also and I am most impressed with the results.
My usual workflow is to import the files to a directory on the hard drive and then import to LightRoom 4. I apply some settings there and if necessary, import to CS5 for further processing.
But when I started to use NX2 in the past few days, I have been stunned by the quality difference especially when I play with the picture control settings. I have the shooting banks set up on the D800 and I generally shoot portraits with the Portraiture setting. In LR4 these appear a little flat but in NX2 at a Standard setting or at time even in Landscape setting, the pictures are far better.
My understanding is that LR4 and Camera Raw ignore the Picture Control settings and so these have no impact on the imported image. The settings do operate in NX2 and to my eyes, the images are far better.
I prefer the speed, interface and workflow in LR4 but if the image quality in NX2 is better, then I may have to review my present working methods.