I actually find RM now very simple to use. It kinda clicked in my head all of a sudden...srot of like when I finally figured out in 9th grade what happens when you multiply two negative numbers!
Anyway...I have taken specific images and processed them in both. Overall, I've got to say that the RM images come out looking somehow "cleaner", although I can't tell you exactly what it is that makes it look different.
I am not seeing any differences between capture and RM in regards to color...simply because the D2X shots seem so perfectly balanced most of the time..that there isn't anything to balance?
The one big difference is the time involved to use the sharpening and noise reduction in RM. It takes a while to apply both of those as the program goes through it's computations. Iliah and Peter are improving upon the speed issue relative to plug ins in one of the upcoming versions.
Now...when you save as a fully rendered, full sized tiff......it takes a while...probably 3 minutes? You can do an instant save to your hard drive which is very fast, but you're not getting the applications processing fully applied if you do so.
In a nutshell.....I'm going to play with it intensely for a while and learn the nuances. I think that especially for images which I'm going to print, I am going to use RM from this point forward and also print some direct comparison prints to see what happens.
Not at all. Like many, I have a love / hate relationship with NC. I hate the memory management and the amount of time it takes to load and save images, but to me, it is the best thing going for processing Nikon RAW files. I bought Bibble, but couldn't figure out for the life of me how to get a decent image out of it. This is not a critique of Bibble necessarily. It's just that I know NC very well, and the user interface for Bibble didn't click with me right away. Probably my fault.
If you are like me, the time it takes to process all of the shots we get is very critical. Of course, the final results are just as important. Right now, I can process a shot for web viewing in NC in less than 30 seconds, and do the final cropping, sizing, and frame and sig in PS CS in about the same time. Any alternative work flow will have to beat these numbers for me to adopt.