Let's poll it: Do you use CNX2?

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Jeff Klofft
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Missing a choice
In reply to rhlpetrus, 8 months ago

There needs to be a choice of "It was until a few days ago, but now I see I need to move on"

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I just started using Capture NX2 after trying the trial. I really like the u-point feature. I've never been able to figure out layers. For straight conversion I usually use View NX for images that don't need any modification.

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I've been using NX2 because I like those control points.

But I'm certain that NX2 gives me a better conversion than all others I've tried.

Who else has control points???

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Slow, awkward, and cumbersome. Did I mention slow?

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Use CNX2 only and it's fast with my D800e NEF files on my fast computer.

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I own it, but I almost never use it.  I don't see the point in using it anymore, once I became more proficient in Lightroom.   I suppose they need their own converter, but I definitely will not be buying the new version when it's available.  Again, there's no point, because I don't really need it.

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Tried both Capture One and LR, both more than one time.

Always returned to CNX-2 very soon .

Still working with it until I need a new OS or a new camera.

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Steve Bingham wrote:

Slow, awkward, and cumbersome. Did I mention slow?

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Steve, NX2 is as fast or faster, on my quad core mac, than pretty much anything else.

But even my duo core Macbook Pro with 8 GB ram can do reasonably well. I admit that when I had a slower experience with my PC/NX2 setup.

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Shotcents wrote:

I've been using NX2 because I like those control points.

But I'm certain that NX2 gives me a better conversion than all others I've tried.

Who else has control points???

U-Points are NIK's technology (nowadays a subsidiary of Google) and thus these are used widely inside their plzg-ins. With their Viveza these are usable in Lightroom and Aperture too, though not completely in the same seamless included way.

Also AFAI recall Lightroom has those adjustment brushes, which can be used to yield similar results.

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...or any other manufacturer's software. My converter needs to handle Canon, Minolta/Sony, Nikon, Fujifilm–all manner of RAW formats, concurrently. I have current copies of Aperture, Lightroom and Capture One Pro. I use Capture One the most.

When I first got serious about Nikon with the purchase of my D3 and D300 in 2007, I licensed Capture NX, but the IQ it delivered was very much like OOC JPEGs: yellow-biased color rendition, lacking in fine detail–partially the result of relatively crude sharpening. And the software itself was buggy and the UI unfathomable (for me).

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I find it interesting that most folks use the software than not.  As for me, I'll continue to use it until I can't.  I suspect that will be a long time too... unless there is a major development in either camera's or software.

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It's ok for basic edits and corrections, but trying to be more creative like adding a vignette to an image and it gets much more complicated and clumsy.   That's why I consider NX2 to only be for simple connections and raw conversion, not real editing.    Sure, you CAN do SOME editing, but it's not anywhere close to something like Lightroom for very quick editing (creative or otherwise) and batch processing.

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Great picture!

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Shotcents wrote:

Steve Bingham wrote:

Slow, awkward, and cumbersome. Did I mention slow?

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Steve, NX2 is as fast or faster, on my quad core mac, than pretty much anything else.

But even my duo core Macbook Pro with 8 GB ram can do reasonably well. I admit that when I had a slower experience with my PC/NX2 setup.

Robert

I have a 16gb ram 3.4Ghz Core i7 PC with 2X500gb RAID 0 and I can tell you the PC helps but it's still feels slow compared to LR.  You cannot take away the fact that NX2 saves all the edits to the orginal NEF files which will always end up slower by nature.   LR sidecar file method will always beat NX2 in that area.  The problem gets worse with bigger NEF files.  NX-D solves this issue but NX2 will always have it.

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Have to admit I was surprised by how many people use this clunky outdated piece of software! I do realise the RAW processing is great, as I used to use it myself. For me though, the processing in LR is very nearly as good and the UI and file management it provides are light years ahead.

I'm not criticising people for using CNX2, I guess I'm just saying I admire their patience...

I switched in 2009.

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Jeff Klofft wrote:

There needs to be a choice of "It was until a few days ago, but now I see I need to move on"

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That's actuall an option for a further poll, that you could start, about what people are planning to do next. The present one is about what has been so far, to gauge CNX2 user base.

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itchhh wrote:

I find it interesting that most folks use the software than not. As for me, I'll continue to use it until I can't. I suspect that will be a long time too... unless there is a major development in either camera's or software.

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Not really, just a new OS version where it doesn't run properly.

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I have used it for years as my primary raw processing program. Have tried several other programs, but I prefer Capture NX2. After looking at NX-D, assuming these are the final features, I will switch to something else, maybe Lightroom.

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I was a bit surprised at the number that claimed CNX2 as their primary PP software (>21% at the time of this post, 146 votes). I would have expected fewer. Of course it could be the case that primarily people with an interest in CNX2 are answering the poll.

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rhlpetrus wrote:

itchhh wrote:

I find it interesting that most folks use the software than not. As for me, I'll continue to use it until I can't. I suspect that will be a long time too... unless there is a major development in either camera's or software.

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Not really, just a new OS version where it doesn't run properly.

I here what you're saying, but I'm sticking with Windows 7 64 bit.  There is no way in hell that I'll ever upgrade to Windows 8

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