Using Raw Shooter Essentials for Nef files (D70), questions ?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Ben Brugman, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. Ben Brugman

    Ben Brugman Guest

    At the moment I am looking into RAW fileformat processors.

    The software which is included in the box with the D70 does not work on
    Windows XP sp2.
    (This is only the trial version but this does not work).

    So I am looking into alternatives. At the moment I am looking into
    RawShooter essentials 2005.
    This has a lot of nice features, but I am also missing some things. I did
    use the nikon capture software
    and there are a lot of tools for manipulating the curves as curves, in the
    essential version there is no
    direct way of editing the curves.

    Do I need to edit the curves directly, or are the tools supplied with RSE
    enough for most uses ?

    There is also a paid version of RSE, this is RSP this does include some
    curve editing tools,
    will these tools replace Nikon software ?

    I can not alter the output format of RSE which is 3036 x 2010, up to now I
    thought the max format
    was 3008 x 2000 pixels. (Checking a Nef file with Irfranview gives 3039 x
    2014), this start to become
    confusing, can anybody explain this ?
    (I haven't noticed the larger numbers before, how come ?).

    I am fotografing for fun, but I like to work with the RAW format, so what
    would be a good Raw tool.
    (Nikon Capture is a bit expensive, but I am prepared to pay for that, if
    that neccesary).
    Any thoughts about this ?

    ben brugman
     
    Ben Brugman, Jan 6, 2006
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  2. Ben Brugman

    Bruce Guest

    Hi Ben

    After having used the software that came with the D70 I bought Nikon Capture
    4 from Microglobe for £90. I found it to be great for NEF files, you can
    manipulate everything.

    I use Windows 2000 Pro so I can't see why it won't work on XP.

    Bruce
     
    Bruce, Jan 6, 2006
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  3. Ed Ruf (REPLY to E-MAIL IN SIG!), Jan 6, 2006
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  4. Smetimes Curves come in handy, but one can always post-process Raw
    conversions with other software. It would benefit if one tries to
    minimize re-processing Raw conversions.
    Yes it does, amongst other additional features.

    SNIP
    Raw converters need several additional border pixels to
    interpolate/reconstruct the ones at the edge. In addition, JPEG output
    requires Modulo 8 or 16 pixel single dimension sizes for encoding, and
    some cameras also attempt to achieve a certain aspect ratio within
    that JPEG constraint.
    RSE and/or RSP look promising, assuming the internal camera profiles
    are accurate. Pixmantec does offer add-on profiles, but that loses the
    price advantage to e.g. C1 software.

    Bart
     
    Bart van der Wolf, Jan 7, 2006
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  5. Ben Brugman

    Jim Guest

    Sort of a blanket comment on your part. According to the article you
    refered to, it has issues with some AMD processers on SP2 and some XEON
    Intel processors. That leaves the majority where there are no
    reported problems.

    OTH.. Nikon capture works just fine on my Mac G4 OS X 10.3.9 and and
    10.4 and so does the Adobe Photoshop CS2 with Adobe and Nikon RAW
    filters. I use these extensively. BTW... . iPhoto also imports the
    Nioon D70s RAW, albeit, without much control
     
    Jim, Jan 7, 2006
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  6. I have been using RSE for a while and recently upgraded to the "Full"
    version (2006). I find it to be a good complement to ACR, and does some
    things better on certain images.

    P_
     
    Patrick Gault, Jan 7, 2006
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