Summary – Nikon released a beta version of Capture NX-D, a new RAW processing program. It will replace Capture NX2 – probably this summer.
A hydroponic tulip shot yesterday
No Nikon software used for this image
(and not long ago that is all I used)
LR5 and Nik Collection Color Efex Pro
Do you think this qualifies as an abstract?
Now that my abstract photography presentation is complete
I can turn my attention to other things
Like this program
My opinion of Nikon software is pretty low
The sole exception being the original Capture NX
(which they hired Nik to do over 6 years ago )
The original Nik version contained U-Point technology
U-Point is what made Capture NX second-to-none
U-Point will be missing from NX-D
(A licensing issue I suspect)
Which takes NX-D a step backwards IMO
Making the “D” either Disappointing or Downgrade
But Nikon had to do something or be left behind
6 years is several lifetimes in software
NX-D appears to be less a replacement for Capture NX-2
Than a new version of Nikon’s View NX2
I’m hoping for the best
But my expectations are lower than low
I believe, as before, Nikon’s RAW conversion
Will do a better job on NEF files than its competitors
Nikon lens related adjustments, for example
Plus White Balance related color issues
However, any processing beyond the pure conversion
Will be done better elsewhere
NX-D has no option for local adjustments
And even conversion differences
Will be small (invisible) for most images
The competitors have caught up to Nikon
Who’s been standing still
Good news – it will be free
Bad news – Capture NX2 will no longer be supported
Check it out yourself
Main page & download
Prepare to be disappointed
if you’re a Capture NX2 user
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