Is a Sharpening Plug-in Worth the Expense?

Started Nov 4, 2011 | Discussions thread
Shop cameras & lenses ▾
Flat view
Regular MemberPosts: 426Gear list
Is a Sharpening Plug-in Worth the Expense?
Nov 4, 2011

I am not adept at PS. I use Nikon Capture NX2 for most of my post production and use Nik Filters extensively. I will also, on occasion, use Kubota Actions.

My question is about sharpening. I shoot with a D3 and a D3s with in-camera sharpening set to 3, which is very low. The images look soft in RAW, which is fine at that point.

I would like some opinions on sharpening using USM only vs. 3rd party plug-ins such as Nik or Topaz. Is there a quality difference? Is there an ease of use difference? Are they worth the investment?

The end use is always an issue so I will tell you I sell very large canvas pieces, 20x24" and larger are the norm, as well as smaller prints, and of course use the images on my blog and websites.

Thanks in advance for your opinions.


 RLewis's gear list:RLewis's gear list
Fujifilm X-E2 Fujifilm X-T1 Fujifilm XF 35mm F1.4 R Fujifilm XF 60mm F2.4 R Macro Fujifilm XF 18-55mm F2.8-4 R LM OIS +2 more
Nikon D3 Nikon D3S
If you believe there are incorrect tags, please send us this post using our feedback form.
Flat view
Keyboard shortcuts:
FForum PPrevious NNext WNext unread UUpvote SSubscribe RReply QQuote BBookmark MMy threads
Color scheme? Blue / Yellow