Best NEF conversion software

Started May 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
Robin Casady
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Re: Best NEF conversion software
In reply to Astrophotographer 10, May 6, 2012

Astrophotographer 10 wrote:

That's very helpful - thank you!

I think I'll also download Capture NX2 as well.

I take it vuew NX2 or Capture NX2 being Nikon products are better than Lightroom 4 or RAW Therapee or ACR?

That is a point of much debate ever since Lightroom appeared. Although challenges have been put forth, I've never seen anything to prove that one particular converter is superior. It is mostly about the skill of the user.

The report you referred to in the OP was a sample indicating that Capture NX2 blurs one or both color channels in LAB. What you would need to do to verify this is take a NEF, convert it in C NX2, open in Photoshop, convert to LAB. Do the same with ARC or Lightroom 4. Select one of the color channels in each version and compare them in Photoshop. The Lightroom/ARC color channel should look sharper than NX2.
Robin Casady

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