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« on: June 24, 2015, 00:10 »
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I'm currently using Capture NX2 with a Nikon D7000. I really like the capabilities of NX2 but its getting old and its always been quite slow. I wonder if i'm missing out on anything from Lightroom Nik combination. I try and keep things simple and don't do complex post processing to me the only real weakness of the software is the weak cloning/object eraser feature. Any thoughts on whether an upgrade would be interesting to hear from anyone who has trodden this path.

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« Reply #1 on: June 24, 2015, 02:34 »
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I'm currently using Capture NX2 with a Nikon D7000. I really like the capabilities of NX2 but its getting old and its always been quite slow. I wonder if i'm missing out on anything from Lightroom Nik combination. I try and keep things simple and don't do complex post processing to me the only real weakness of the software is the weak cloning/object eraser feature. Any thoughts on whether an upgrade would be interesting to hear from anyone who has trodden this path.

Thanks

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« Reply #2 on: June 24, 2015, 03:01 »
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at the moment there's nothing on par with LR, Capture Pro, DxO, anything else is a total waste of time.

NX2 is OK for a quick edit but it doesn't make sense for batch editing and for stock in general, that's not was it's designed for, AcdSee Pro 8 is a better alternative even if it's slow and buggy.




« Reply #3 on: June 24, 2015, 03:21 »
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Does light room have anything like the "U point" technology or something that produces similar results for the same very low effort?


« Reply #4 on: June 24, 2015, 06:02 »
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Does light room have anything like the "U point" technology or something that produces similar results for the same very low effort?
Actually not, but with the correction-brush and the radial correction filter it comes very close. But you can always add the NIK-Filters for a cheap price with Lightrooms.The U-Point-Technology was originally developed by NIK and the NIK-Filters works fine with Lightroom. The NIK-Filter Viveza will give you the same feeling like Capture NX.

« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2015, 06:56 »
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Does light room have anything like the "U point" technology or something that produces similar results for the same very low effort?
Actually not, but with the correction-brush and the radial correction filter it comes very close. But you can always add the NIK-Filters for a cheap price with Lightrooms.The U-Point-Technology was originally developed by NIK and the NIK-Filters works fine with Lightroom. The NIK-Filter Viveza will give you the same feeling like Capture NX.

Thanks helpful answer thats the way I'm thinking I might go do you think its actually any better/worth switching though? I think what I've got works for me but given its age I can't help wondering if I'm missing out :-\

« Reply #6 on: June 24, 2015, 09:30 »
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Yes.  Worth switching!  Expect a learning curve.  The only thing I missed from Capture was the U-point and it was easier to save and rename photos one by one after you edited.  I certainly didn't miss the program crashing all the time.  Lightroom ain't no speed-queen either, but in 3 years it has crashed maybe twice on me.  You still have to wait for those thumbs and when opening up a photo to 100% takes a couple seconds it might as well be a couple hours.  (Note - I am still using v4.4)

With Lightroom you can also batch apply basic copyright and tags upon upload, batch apply edits like lens corrections/white balance/shadows etc.  I've always used Viveza in Photoshop, it has been a couple years, but I seem to remember it being rather clunky in Lightroom and that it made a new copy of the image that was stored a the end of the batch.  You had to leave your spot to go to the end and flag it so it went with your batch export at the end.

I have the Nik Collection, but honestly the only tool I use is Viveza.

Adding:  Supposedly, Nikon has stopped developing Capture, so they must be sick of it crashing as well!
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« Reply #7 on: June 24, 2015, 09:31 »
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I used Capture NX2 for years, but - like most users - finally accepted the inevitability of its demise and went to Lightroom.   Lightroom's organizational capabilities are very good but its editing functions aren't as nearly as extensive and powerful as NX2.  It's a sad loss.

« Reply #8 on: June 24, 2015, 13:23 »
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Does light room have anything like the "U point" technology or something that produces similar results for the same very low effort?
Actually not, but with the correction-brush and the radial correction filter it comes very close. But you can always add the NIK-Filters for a cheap price with Lightrooms.The U-Point-Technology was originally developed by NIK and the NIK-Filters works fine with Lightroom. The NIK-Filter Viveza will give you the same feeling like Capture NX.

Thanks helpful answer thats the way I'm thinking I might go do you think its actually any better/worth switching though? I think what I've got works for me but given its age I can't help wondering if I'm missing out :-\

Absolutly yes! You will get a whiter range of possabilities!

« Reply #9 on: June 24, 2015, 14:11 »
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Thanks everyone seems its time to move on!

« Reply #10 on: June 24, 2015, 18:29 »
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I use Graphic Converter 9 (for mac) instead of lightroom.  It offers a lot for the money.


 

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