Capture NX

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by pablito_pistola, Nov 15, 2008.

  1. I'd be most grateful if anyone could answer my questions.

    1. Capture NX came with my D300, in a package marked "NSA" and "Not for Sale". I have not used it but it may help
    with a specific problem (noted below). However, can anyone tell me if this is indeed free or whether it's a trial
    version and I will be prompted to buy it after a certain period. The package says nothing about it being a trial
    version but I have read on the web about this not being free software.

    2. My real question is, can Capture NX accurately correct barrel or "mustache" distortion produced by various
    Nikon lenses? I vaguely remember reading something about this but now I cannot find any references. If so, does
    it only work for NEF files or will it also correct lens distortions in JPG as well?

    Thanks in advance for any help.
     
  2. As far as I know, the NX that was included with camera bodies for awhile should be a fully functional copy

    Distortion control is easy with NX - with both JPEGs and NEFs.
     
  3. It only corrects simple pin cushion or barrel. Works on any type file. Thats all photoshop does too. Get PtLens for
    $25 and it will fix non simple distortion with ease.

    I am working with a trial that came with my D700. Nice for some things, but generally i prefer photoshop. I can`t
    even find ruler for croping. Burn/dodge functions are a pain and quite imprecise. masking generally is poor. It
    definately will not do HDR or panoramic stitching.

    I would rather work with ACR and bring it into ps for local manipulations. But you have it and it is paid for, so learn to
    like it. It will do most things a photographer needs.

    Link to the instruction book below.

    C:\Program Files\Nikon\Capture NX 2\html\index.html
     
  4. Sorry, that`s not going to work for you.
     
  5. If you also received the Capture NX activation keycode printout with your D300, then you have a free copy of the software. You should also download the latest update from Nikon, I believe it's up to version 1.3.5.
    Capture NX works with jpg as well as tif and raw files. This page describes some of the distortion correction capabilities.
     
  6. Thanks for the replies so far. To be clear, I have CS3 and plenty of other software. I am asking ONLY for the best way to correct distortion.

    Ronald, PtLens may be what I'm looking for - thanks.
     
  7. Too bad NX doesn't work with the D700. You have to buy NX2, $140. I am pretty insulted after paying $2500 for a camera body, and Nikon makes me go spend another $140 for the software that will correctly convert the NEF file.
     
  8. So, Dave, would you have been happier paying $2,640 for a camera body that included a 'free' copy of NX2?
     
  9. I'd bet that folks who choose a different RAW converter are happy that a 'free' copy of NX2 is *not* included with the camera body.
     
  10. Keep in mind, the free browser program, View NX will also convert Nikon RAW files...
     
  11. Its a pity. Many of the Nikon consumer zoom lenses suffer from complex lens distortions like the 18-135 other wise a
    wonderful lens. Capture NX doesnt have the tools to correct it. Otherwise NX 2 fulfills most of an amateurs editing
    requirements beautifully.
     
  12. Hi, Pablito. I also recommend PT Lens. It works very well.
     
  13. Pablito, you can download a trial version of PT Lens that will let you correct up to 10 images.

    http://epaperpress.com/ptlens/
     
  14. Thanks to all. PTLens appears to be the best solution.
     
  15. Anyone try LensFix CI? It will run under OS 10.4, PTLens requires 10.5.2.

    http://www.kekus.com/software/plugin.html
     
  16. Kekus LensFix is basically the pre-Leopard version of PTLens. So, yes, that should work for you.
     
  17. Robbert Budding, I dont't think your comments make much sense. Who says that the D700 should be $2,600, not $2,440 plus $160 for
    NX2? MSPs are a totally abstract concept. And why is it, then, that you got a free copy of NX up to the D300 without adding the so-called
    price (again, a totally abstract concept) to the price of the camera, and all of a sudden you have to pay for NX2, otherwise you can't
    correctly read the D700's files? As for 3rd party users being happy because NX2 is not bundled with the D700, I just don't get it.

    I think that Nikon is being cheap to not bundle NX2 witht he D700, too. Or to not offer a free upgrade from NX to NX2 (some people,
    like me, have actually paid for NX, before it was bundled with older cameras.) Or to not include the battery cover BL-3 with the MB-D10
    grip. Or to not include a LCD protector with the D3. I also think that Zeiss is cheap and mean to not incude hoods with their lenses. This
    reasoning (that we keep reading from time to time) that the accessories or software would add up to the price of the item if included doesn't
    hold water.
     
  18. Thanks, Scott.
     
  19. I don't know if this applies to included software or not.

    Purchase Capture NX Version 1 from a Nikon Inc. authorized reseller, (Product number 25338) between May 1, 2008 and December 31, 2008 to receive a FREE Capture NX 2 Upgrade directly from Nikon. Simply call 800-Nikon-UX with your product key and provide a copy of your proof of purchase to receive a Capture NX 2 key code free of charge.
     
  20. I bought Capture NX in 2007, then later got a free Capture NX with my D300, which I've never registered since I already had it. I wonder why Nikon doesn't offer any kind of discounted upgrade price for owners of Capture NX. It's annoying. Sure, I can convert the NEF files from my D700 with CS3, but I believe Capture NX does a better job than CS3.
     
  21. Dave Lee, my situation exactly, and my thoughts also, though I find you very polite to say it's «annoying.» However, I don't
    think NX is good, anyway. It's incredibly sluggish (on my older Power mac G5 at least, even with 2 gig Ram), it's
    convoluted to the point of being undecipherable (what on earth are «steps»?), it has an exasperating way of checking out
    previous settings when going to the next ones, etc... But above all, the batch process stinks. I can't make last minute
    corrections to a few individual images in a batch of selected images. The batch will launch as soon as you hit «Paste
    settings.» Now, is that stupid or what? It defeats the whole purpose of batch processing. All others converters I know let
    you do that: ACR, Lightroom, even Capture One.
     
  22. Which makes me think: why can NX (bundled with the first D3s) read and process the D3 Nef files, but not the D700's?
    Don' they have the exact same sensor and engine? Is it that Nikon suddenly realized they could pump some more money
    out of their customers' pockets by encrypting the D700 Nef files to sell the NX2 (trial version only bundled with the D700)?
    Call me paranoid, but I have learned to expect anything.

    Tim Dalton, are you telling me they offer a free upgrade to recent buyers of NX, but not to older ones? This is even more
    infuriating than I thought.
     
  23. NX2 full version software is available on eBay for $120 including shipping which is more obviously than the
    upgrade price ($70) of NX to NX2 and less than the full price for NX2 ($180). Interestingly, Canon gives their
    DPP software (equivalent to NX2) to its customers at no extra cost, including upgrades.
     
  24. Actually, the upgrade cost from the Nikon Mall for anyone who got NX with a D3/D300 is $110 plus $10 shipping - SUCH A DEAL!

    The $70 upgrade cost is for anyone who bought NX this year (did anyone?).
     
  25. lost the thread shortly after "best way to correct distortion.."
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    but to throw in my $.02 on that topic, ptlens is good, so is bibble, and dxo. (bibble and dxo are excellent raw
    processors too - imo much better than acr - very different though). what's "best" depends on which lens you're
    correcting, but all perform well. at $15, ptlens should be an easy decision, if correcting distortion is all you
    need.
     
  26. "Robbert Budding, I dont't think your comments make much sense. Who says that the D700 should be $2,600, not $2,440 plus $160 for NX2? MSPs are a totally abstract concept. And why is it, then, that you got a free copy of NX up to the D300 without adding the so-called price (again, a totally abstract concept) to the price of the camera, and all of a sudden you have to pay for NX2, otherwise you can't correctly read the D700's files? As for 3rd party users being happy because NX2 is not bundled with the D700, I just don't get it. "

    The point is that, in a free market, the manufacturer is free to set the price, and you are free to buy, or not. Software is not free. Nikon has to pay salarys, provide computers, heat buildings, and such. But you want it free. My point is that, if they had bundled the software together with the camera, that they probably would have set the price higher.

    If thisisn't c;ear. let me know. I can recommend a few good economics and marketing books.
     
  27. Robert Budding, it is very clear, and I don't need any economics book, thank you. but it still doesn't make much sense.
    Like you say, they are free to set the price they want. So, they set the price of the D700 at $2,500. Then they set the
    price of NX2 at $140. In all, that's $2,640. Now, why didn't they set the price of the D700 at $2,360 PLUS $140 for the
    bundled software, for a total of$2,500? Or the D700 at $3,000, and NX2 at $250, for that matter? Or the D700 at $2,000,
    and NX2 at $100.Or a bundled package at... $2,640? Do you really believe people like Dave,or myself, would NOT have
    bought the D700 with the bundled NX2 if the price had been $2,640 instead of $2,500? To say «Had you rather have had to pay
    $2,640 for the D700 with NX2» AFTER the fact doesn't prove much. Do you really believe that the set prices for both are calculated TO
    THE DOLLAR, including developement, manufacturing, distribution and profit? The best example is the D3: they first sold it at
    a certain price, WITH bundled NX. Then, they stopped bundling NX, but the price didn't change. Odd, isn't it?
     

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