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CS 3, LR 1.4, Vivesa and NX2???

Discussion in 'Nikon Capture and View NX' started by rlacy, Jul 24, 2008.

  1. rlacy

    rlacy

    317
    Apr 22, 2007
    San Diego
    I currently used PS CS3 and LR 1.4 for editing my images on an iMAC. I am considering getting Vivesa for the advantages of U-Point control. However, when I read more about NX2 (I have never used any version of this software) it seems like I might be better off just purchasing NX 2. The new version is $179 at B&H and Vivesa is $225 after using my NAPP discount. So it is a little cheaper to buy NX2, but not a whole lot.

    The real question is whether NX2 would provide that much more control and ease of use than the Adobe products. I would really appreciate opinions from anyone who has experience with these software programs and an opinion about ease of use and functionality.

    Also, I generally use LR as my data base manger for my images. Will I still need to do that or will NX 2 provide a good alternative?

    Thanks in advance for the information.

    Ron
     
  2. Ron,

    I have CS3 and Viveza, and I use CNX2. Though Viveza works very well under CS3, its features which are part of CNX2 are more intuitve to use in CNX2.

    The more I use CNX2, the more I like it. At this point I think it is the ideal tool for working with Nikon Raw files, U-Point Color Control Points are very useful.

    For JPEG files, I like using Lightroom and CS3 together better than using Capture NX2 or View NX.

    Capture NX2 is not as fast as I would like it to be, but with practice you can work efficiently in it. I tend to use it as needed and as a learning tool. Combined with Nik's Color EFEX 3.0 pro, you can get some really good results.

    Before (D70 20mm f/2.8 AFD 1/60sec @ 2.8 ISO 800)
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    After
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    Capture NX2 and View NX do not provide the database and cataloging features of Lightroom.

    There does not appear to be a single tool that does it all yet. Though I keep wishing and wishing...

    Warm Regards,
     
  3. Just wait for Lightroom 2 to be released.
     
  4. Have the Beta and I'm waiting, I'm waiting...
     
  5. rlacy

    rlacy

    317
    Apr 22, 2007
    San Diego
    Bill and Greg--You both advise to wait for LR2. I haven't used the beta so can you tell me why you think LR2 will be an improvement that would be better than NX2, Vivesa, etc.?

    Thanks
    Ron
     
  6. Just a couple things important to me:

    Localized corrections similar to NX2 control points

    Dual monitor support
     
  7. Ron,

    Tom Tom is absolutely right about taking a deeper look into CNX2 being worth the time and effort. You can do a lot with it. If you have not done so, check out Nikon's Capture NX Web Site.

    I went ahead and bought Nik's Color EFEX Pro 3.0 because it makes several types of adjustments very convenient. It is not a necessity, but nothing about my photography hobby actually qualifies as a necessity :) 

    Like Greg says, there are some new features in LR2 that make it an even better product. I like LR2's interface and features a lot. It is fast and handles JPEG's elegantly. I shoot about half JPEG and half raw. Everything out of a point and shoot is JPEG, and it makes managing the thousands of images my wife makes with her point and shoot every year a possibility! She is one who considers a 4gb card as a starting point.

    Warm Regards,
     
  8. rlacy

    rlacy

    317
    Apr 22, 2007
    San Diego
    Bill, Tom, Greg--Thanks for the responses. Still a tough decision. Waiting for LR 2 may make sense as it should be released soon--anyone know the date?

    Can NX2 support dual monitors as CS3 does and LR2 is anticipated to do?

    Thanks
    Ron
     
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