Why can't Adobe and Nikon work to have LR/CC/PS process Nikon color profiles?

Started Oct 24, 2016 | Discussions thread
Reilly Diefenbach
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Re: Why can't Adobe and Nikon work to have LR/CC/PS process Nikon color profiles?

Simon Garrett wrote:

To be fair to Nikon their software is still superior to Adobe for IQ and colour quality when viewing and part processing NEF's

I would say that's a personal preference and not a fact. There is no single "right" rendering of a raw image. You may prefer Nikon's rendering - perhaps many people do - but I don't think one can say as a matter of objective fact that either Adobe or Nikon is "superior" in quality.

Yes.  Personal preference, as you say.  Everyone sees color differently.  A lot differently.  If one can't whip up a Lightroom profile with a 50 MP raw and the myriad of tweaks available...

For example, with my D300, Capture NX2 used to over-sharpen at times at default settings, to my judgement. Sometimes I could see ringing artefacts on sharp edges. Adobe Camera Standard profile applied less sharpening by default. However, some people prefered the Nikon sharpening, regarding it as giving a crisper image. I don't think one could say either was "right".

I have no problem saying that LR's sharpening is the best in the business, far smoother than CNX2, which was quite artifact laden no matter how you tweaked USM and high pass.

(I say part processing because I prefer the UI of Adobe ACR and its functionality to Nikons rather rigid and user unfriendly inteface!). If I were them, I wouldn't be too happy giving away years of hard work in order for Adobe to become an even stronger player. FWIW I still use CNX2 save to TIFF and finish in ACR/Photoshop.

I find NX2 rather clunky.

Yuh!  How to count the ways.

I have done a lot of tests over the years comparing NX2 and LR. On a very few images the NX2 rendering was more pleasing to me, but for most LR was the same or in some cases better. However, highlight and shadow recovery are (to me) much, much better in LR than NX2 (or NXD).

Process 2012 still the best at maintaining transparency under the stress of DR compression against Capture One or any other competitors, imo.

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