I've not been around in quite a while. Having now 8 year old twins can have that effect.
Equipment wise I am probably a rather odd duck, D800 + Capture NX2 + Mac user. I am even stranger in that I prefer Capture NX2 over everything else I've used and that is part of the reason I'm still shooting with my perfectly great D800.Anyhow, it looks like the time has come to update my OS to something later than OS X 10.10.
There seem to be no options for me other than the latest OS, 10.13. I know that Nikon doesn't support Capture NX2 anymore, but does anyone know if it will run? Any idea if it will run on 10.11, or 10.12?Thanks to any and all folks to might offer some info here. To answer why not NX-D, I really like the way things are done in NX2, and appreciate the control point feature. I don't want side cars. I tried NX-D when it was introduced and felt it was a big step backwards.
The way I see it, I will stay with NX2 as long as my D800 is my primary camera. At least that is my current thinking. Ironically, the only reason I am looking to upgrade anything is that I'm also captive to Turbo Tax, which now requires 10.11.If I could install El Capitan my life would be much, much easier. Unfortunately, Apple has made that impossible as I never downloaded it. Because, well, Apple is Apple you can no longer obtain 10.11 if you never downloaded when it was readily available.
PM me and I'll gladly hook you up with any version of OS X/macOS from 10.9 on. I was a happy CNX2 user, but it was clear already before CNX-D that it was a dead-end street, and it's a pity. As an editor, CNX2 was fine and while its UI has its quirks, it sure beats CNX-D for usability in my book (but personal preference plays a part).I decided to go with CaptureOne Pro, mainly because I wanted also something of an organiser (not C1's strong point, but better than the ViewNX/Capture NX combo), and I like both its results and UI a lot better than the Adobe products. It doesn't do Control Points the way CNX2 did, but it does allow for fairly precise colour selections which can then be converted to masks. While one step more eloborate, it does bring control-point-like functionality awfully close.The other alternative (which I haven't used, so can't judge it in any way) is DxO Photolab - they bought the Control Point technology, and integrated it into their raw editing software, which had a good reputation already.
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In case you haven't tried (yet), it might be worth it to download a trial version and give it a try. After all, if your D800 ever fails, a new camera won't have native support in CNX2, so in the end you are only postponing the moment you'll need to learn new software, so why not getting prepared and move to a program that still does receive proper support from its maker? I have pcs with windows but no Apple or Macs.
I still use Nikon Capture NX2 for my RAW images from my D 800. I also use it to process Tiff files made in Capture NX-D from RAW files taken with my my D 810 and D 500.Like Wouter said, check out DXO Photo Lab as they now own NIK and Control Points have been incorporated into their raw processor. I am also going to check out Luminar and maybe Capture One Pro 11.I have learned to live with the issues with NX-D. I am finding that View Nx -i is has trouble handing large RAW files from my D 810.Joe. Just to report, I'm generally a happy DxO software user (partly for their lens corrections, partly for their denoising).
I'm probably not getting the best out of it, and I'm a little frustrated that they don't obviously seem to have a post-shrink sharpening option, so I have to export my Nikon Wednesday images to Photoshop, shrink them, then sharpen them. I wasn't previously familiar with the control point stuff; I've had a quick play, and it seems interesting. If it's an interface you like, I'd at least give the DxO stuff a trial.I don't promise it's the best on the market (those who try things more tend to report that different software 'wins' with different images) - but generally I'd say it's at least worth a try. And at least it's current and their support team is vaguely responsive. Just to report, I'm generally a happy DxO software user (partly for their lens corrections, partly for their denoising). I'm probably not getting the best out of it, and I'm a little frustrated that they don't obviously seem to have a post-shrink sharpening option, so I have to export my documents and Nikon Wednesday images to Photoshop, shrink them, then sharpen them. I wasn't previously familiar with the control point stuff; I've had a quick play, and it seems interesting.
If it's an interface you like, I'd at least give the DxO stuff a trial.I don't promise it's the best on the market (those who try things more tend to report that different software 'wins' with different images) - but generally I'd say it's at least worth a try. And at least it's current and their support team is vaguely responsive. Yes, I'm still using DxO (photolab 2, now). It's picked up the U-point stuff, although I rarely use it, and has in-place minor edits (spot healing, etc.) - though if I have anything significant to do I just export to Photoshop. A few things work better than a few revisions ago, and of course the support for newer cameras and lenses gets rolled out. PRIME denoising is faster than it used to be too, and it's got a bit better for reviewing lots of images.
It's still generally my first import path. I still don't think there's a post-resize sharpening option, though. (To be fair, I could just reimport the image!)I've just started trying Topaz for a few things - there are some artifacts, and it doesn't always play nicely with DxO's lens corrections, but at least the denoising works very well, when it works. (It sometimes renders fur a bit oddly).
I'm a bit disappointed to find that I couldn't get gigapixel to play nicely on my 16GB MacBook Pro, though - the GPU is under-powered, but there's a CPU-only path that I expected to work.
Capture NX-D is a non-destructive RAW image processing application that utilizes a new sidecar system to save adjustments for Nikon photographers looking to make adjustments to their.NEF or.NRW files. Photographers who are used to working with their.NEF or.NRW files in Nikon Capture NX2 or Nikon View NX2 will find the new Capture NX-D quicker in its processing time and intuitive to use.
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