Software for NEF?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by richard_laepple, Jun 18, 2004.

  1. Being rather new to digital with a D70 I have so far only made JPGs. Now I'd like to test the possibilities with RAW/NEF files. I have PS 6.0, 2-3 smaller tools and Nikon View on my PC. My question is: is it worth buying the new Nikon software (Capture or PictureProject) to handle NEF? Ok, I can use Nikon View to create TIFF-files. But maybe NEF compatible software has more advantages? In other words: NEF or TIFF, what's better? I don't want to update on PS CS because of the costs.
     
  2. I've been trying out the Capture 4.1 (30-day free trial offer, on the PP disk that comes with your D70) and it's very nice to work with. As a Raw editor it's excellent. I also use the PS CS, and it's also very good; I'm used to working with Photoshop and appreciate all the capabilities. I'm not sure if I'll buy the Nikon software when the trial runs out, every time I use it it reminds me how many days remain. So I have to decide soon. If it's a matter of cost, go with the Nikon Capture 4.1. It costs about $100. The CS is five-six times more.
     
  3. If you can try out Nikon Capture I think that is a very good way to go, after all the algorithms used in th "raw' converter are a custom fit with NEF files. The ACR (Adobe Camera Raw) portion of Photoshop CS does a very fine job as well. if you have a legal copy of Photoshop 6 the upgrade to CS is about $169.00
     
  4. or $150 if you're a member of the NPPA :)
     
  5. If you are at all familiar with your Photoshop, I find that switching to Capture is a bit of a drag. For this reason, I agree with Ellis that CS is great. If you are unfamiliar with either, I think Capture is a fine and cost-effective solution. But since you already have PS, the upgrade doesn't cost much more than Capture and PS is a far superior app, IMO.
     
  6. You don't really need Capture. PictureProject is free. That being said, I can't stand using PictureProject. A little too limited by my tastes - both in picture manipulation and file management. I bought Capture and enjoy using. Be warned - it's a memory hog.
     
  7. I use PS CS. As mentioned, the upgrade is not much more expensive than Nikon Capture. I tried a trial version of Capture, and it works well, but it's sooooooo slow on my Mac G4 it drives me nuts!
     
  8. Just convert to Tiff. Its free. NEF is uncompressed... Tiff is uncompressed. No difference in image quality. PS 6 will work with Tiff's, not NEF's. Case Closed. brent
     
  9. Clear answer, thanks Brent. Thanks to you all! Richard
     
  10. Nikon View installs a Photoshop-compatible NEF reading plugin into your Photoshop plugins directory, which works just fine with 6; I use it.
     
  11. Chris, that's great. Thanks for this advice. I only had to copy the plug-in by hand into the PS directory because I installed PS 6.0 after Nikon View. But no problem. It works here too!
     

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