D300 noise and Capture NX

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mink70 New Member • Posts: 12
D300 noise and Capture NX

Hi folks--

I just got the D300 after nearly four years with an Olympus E-1, (which was and is a wonderful camera in its way) and I'm thrilled with the quality of the images. I have one question specifically about noise: the JPEGs straight from the camera shot at ISO3200, with high ISO NR set to "low," look very detailed and sharp with extremely mild and unobtrusive noise. But when I open the NEF file of the same image (I am shooting RAW+JPEG) in Photoshop CS3 with ACR, the noise is overwhelming. All the noise reduction available in ACR could not get the image to look as good and smooth as the JPEG. I tried the same experiment in RAW Developer, which produced better tonality and color but still couldn't touch the out-of-the-camera JPEG. Finally, I fired it up in Capture NX, but found that I hate the interface and, on my dual G4 Mac with a gig of RAM, the software ran unbearably slow, slower, in fact, than any program I have tried. Sadly, the image looked great in NX, just as it did out of the camera. Does anyone know of any other RAW developer except for Nikon's that retains the D300's in-camera settings and allows for the same kind of low-noise yet sharp images? I suppose there's a connected questions about color accuracy that's being asked, too.

Thanks in advance,
mink70

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