justmeMN: A "time cost" is learning how to use discontinued software that won't work on your next computer.
(I currently use a Win7 computer, and the NIK software doesn't officially support Win10.)
Just because it does not list Windows 10 it does not mean it will not work. You can't assume that. Many people are running the Nik plugins in Windows 10. Most companies don't always go back and revise their published OS requirements every time a new OS gets released. It just the way it is.
Nik software already runs fine in Windows 10. It runs fine on my Windows 10 PC. You don't know if Nik will not work on the next OS. Also, it's not a large full photo editing software and it should not take that long to learn how to use it.
If you think it's not worth you time, then don't download it.
Snaaks: Downloaded it. Very nice. Thank you Google. The new reality anno 2016. Buying up software companies , then after a change of strategy , a product becomes out-of-focus, and is given away for free. Anyway, I like it but I hope nobody paid 149 dollars for it last month.
They're giving a refund for anyone who bought the software this year.
I bought this software about 1 1/2 ago. It was worth every penny. I love the U- point controls, they're superior to anything in the market for localized edits. It's sad that Nik will not be supporting this software anymore.Thanks Google for being generous by giving this software for free.
Very good software. A lot of useful presets and tools. Seems very stables and no major issues other than a slight lag when applying certain presets and during some of the image editing. The best part was that it was free.
I have a 5 year old core I7 920 (@3.4GHz) 16GB Ram and AMD HD6870 video.
Nikon should have issued a recall from the beginning so none of this mess would have happened.
The U-point is the only reason I bought CNX2. Without it, I see no reason to use NX-D.
I currently own nine 3rd party batteries for several different cameras. Some of the batteries are around 10 years old. None of them have ever failed or overheated. I'm yet to see any statistics or numbers that point to 3rd party batteries causing damage to Nikon cameras.
I believe Nikon reason for the firmware block are pure marketing. Nothing else, just that.
Glad to see Nikon continuing the support for new camera and adding improved functionality. Unlike Adobe where the RAW support for new cameras runs out in a year or so and you're forced to pay for the new version.
I have owned PS Elements version 5,6,8 and 10 and now I have LR 5. I still go to CNX2 for most of my post processing. It does a very good job despite being perceived by many as dated.
JakeB: Superzooms -- for those who don't give a hoot about IQ.
I might sell my 18-105 vr and 70-300to buy this lens. I doubt the quality will be notcible in anything below 16 X 20 prints. I lost many good photos because I did not have enough time to switch from my 70-300 vr to my 18-105 vr. This lens will be perfect for me. Nikon made the right move in making this lens. A lot of people are going to be happy with it.