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Please recommend a Raw converter for D40x / 18-200vr.
Apologies if I'm asking a much asked question yet again, please point me at appropriate threads if this is already covered..

I want to make the move to working with Raw file formats but am confused which Raw converter program to buy. I started looking at Capture NX and ACDSee when I realised I don't know enough to choose a Raw converter..

I have a Nikon D40x with Nikon 18-200vr and Sigma 10-20, however I wasn't blessed with sufficient patience (or spare time) to fiddle around for hours with settings and adjustments file by file. Ideally I would like a Raw converter that:.

1) Knows the correction needed for my lens to correct for CA, etc. I think Capture NX might have some Nikon lens and camera awareness and this would be really useful to me, as I would find working out the settings myself very difficult and would never get it right. It is this embedded camera and lens awareness that I'm really after..

2) Can batch process everything from a days shooting without me having to take a days holiday to fiddle with all the settings..

Or perhaps you could recommend a Raw converter for other reasons..

Thanks for reading my question,.

Steve...

Comments (7)

Your solution could be DxO Optics Pro. The older version 4.5.x worked fine for me. At the moment DxO is changing to version 5.0.x, but a bit unlucky with debugging and stabilliziing it's software. Wait some weeks untill end of january and have a try with version 5.0.4. See their site athttp://www.dxo.com.RegardsRogRabb..

Comment #1

Thanks for your advice, looks ideal for automatically correcting the CA and occasional lens distortion which has troubled some of my favourite shots. I will certainly buy a copy of DxO Optics Pro Standard..

Can anyone advise if Nikon Capture NX is camera or lens aware, I can't see any information about this on the Nikon web sites so I presume not. And if not then what, if any, advantage is this program for Nikon Raw conversion? Should I buy this as well as DxO?.

And ... can I assume that the quality of JPEG'ing algorithms doesn't vary much between the premium products and that DxO will do as good a job as Nikon's own Capture NX?.

Thanks for your help..

Regards,.

Steve...

Comment #2

Hallo Steve,.

See my answers below:.

Can anyone advise if Nikon Capture NX is camera or lens aware, Ican't see any information about this on the Nikon web sites so Ipresume not. And if not then what, if any, advantage is this programfor Nikon Raw conversion? Should I buy this as well as DxO?.

Capture NX is .nef (and .jpeg) aware.(It also contains an option to correct fisheye distortions, but that's it.)I use both, DxO and Capture NX..

And ... can I assume that the quality of JPEG'ing algorithms doesn'tvary much between the premium products and that DxO will do as good ajob as Nikon's own Capture NX?.

DxO is my standard pp tool for my .nef-files. It is very easy to use for batch processing hundreds of pics at one time. Most of the time I keep the DxO jpeg files and delete the out-of-cam jpegs (after comparing them)..

But there are single cases, where I'm not satisfied with the standard results. And then it depends on, which tool is easier to use for the desired result. I found, that the D-Lightning Options of Capture NX sometimes delivers better results (less noise) than I can get from DxO 4.51 (but that's maybe my lack of knowlegde). So I use DxO for the basics (distortion, white balance, exposure etc.) to generate .tiff files and continue with Capture NX (or vice versa)..

Instead of Capture NX you can also use Photoshop, Lightroom or something else..

RegardsRogRabb..

Comment #3

Will Photoshop Elements 6 work or will I need to use something with it?..

Comment #4

A great free package :.

Http://www.rawtherapee.com.

Good quality..

StephenG.

Pentax K100DFuji S5200Fuji E900PCLinuxOS..

Comment #5

Steve,.

You would be well advised to ask this question on the Nikon D40/50/70/80 to get a balanced answer..

I strongly recommend Nikon Capture NX. (Best price I know accessible in the UK is $109.95 at http://www.imagemixer.net). Reason?:.

1) It gives superior results as even those who do not like it grudgingly admit (and why else would you shoot RAW but for superior results!).

2) It recognises the camera settings you have used so that gives you a head's start. With other programs you have to tell it what white balance you want etc etc (Remember most of your shots will be taken with auto WB so you will not know what the setting is so you have to fidle with shots that are too blue or red etc.).

3) You can batch process all your photos using predetermined settings (or just the original camera settings) if you are happy with them. (Most RAW convertors will do this).

There are two problems with NX:.

1. Some people do not like the user interface. Personally I find it OK but it is not well suited to mass production. Like any new software there is a learning curve..

2. Because of the way it works (keeping the entire picture in memory) NX does run slow. I have a 4 year old PC now with 2GB RAM and a 2.8Mhz P4 which copes with my D80 10Mpixel shots but I would like more speed..

Do give the 30 day free trial of NX a go..

Hope that helps..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #6

Thank you for taking the time to help me..

I'll go for Capture NX and also DxO, using them as RogRab suggests. These programs that have embedded knowledge of the camera or can read more information from the Raw files give me a good start..

I'll also post this question on the Nikon site as you suggest..

Regards,.

Steve..

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