V1 & Capture NX2 NEF noise reduction

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V1 & Capture NX2 NEF noise reduction
Feb 20, 2012

Just read Rob G's review again and according to him:

"Nikon's always-on noise reduction processing is a bit heavy-handed. It tackles noise effectively, but it also smears the image slightly, even at ISO 100. The red channel seems to be hardest hit, followed by the blue channel, and it leaves pictures looking less sharp than the camera actually captured. This noise processing is applied to in-camera JPEGs, regardless of its noise reduction settings, as well as NEFs converted in Nikon software (and where it can't be disabled either; turning off noise reduction in Capture NX2, for instance, doesn't stop some noise-related processing from taking place).

This particular noise reduction processing is not being applied to the actual RAW data, so by shooting NEFs and then converting them in a third party application, one that offers fuller control over noise reduction, it becomes possible to see the real level of detail."

Now wondering if it is better to use PS CS5 Camera Raw 6.6 or Lightroom to convert NEF files to tiffs to get sharper images?

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