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Well software really!


nikonhammer 7 128 2 England
29 May 2011 8:59PM
I have just laid out all my savings on a D300s and boy what a camera! I went to put the images through nx (original not 2) and they wont process raw files!! Any body know of any other programs I can use as I dont have the money for nx2 right now. any ideas welcome

Thanks in advance

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Martin54 Plus
11 539 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 9:17PM
View NX2 is free and has basic RAW conversion tools
WilliamRoar 9 188 United Kingdom
29 May 2011 9:20PM
Another RAW conversion program is Raw Therapee .
nikonhammer 7 128 2 England
29 May 2011 9:38PM
thanks martin. I will download a copy Thanks William too Grin
Kruger01 9 15 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 9:48AM
Try free download Faststone
cats_123 Plus
13 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
30 May 2011 10:04AM
Just Jas Plus
15 26.0k 1 England
30 May 2011 10:21AM

Quote:Picasa


Does Picasa process RAW?
User_Removed 13 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 10:50AM
It may just make use of the embedded jpeg. Picasa has many strengths but I don't think raw-processing is one of them.
JJGEE 12 6.9k 18 England
30 May 2011 10:52AM
When I bought my digital camera ( Not a Nikon ) it came with the manufacturer's own RAW conversion software.

OK, I already had elements & lightroom so was not particularly bothered but at least they provided something Wink

Does a company as renowned as Nikon not do that for it's customers ?
User_Removed 13 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 11:13AM
They don't. I guess an accountant did a projection that showed it would hardly affect sales of Nikon cameras either way so it became another expensive OEM accessory. I think all the manufacturers should bundle such software with their flagship models at the very least.

It would cost them about 2p a disc?
loweskid 15 2.0k 1 United Kingdom
30 May 2011 4:30PM
When I got my D300, NX2 was available as a free download. Have they stopped that offer with the D300s?

Good job it was free though - I soon ditched it and went back to Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.
User_Removed 7 4.6k 1 Scotland
30 May 2011 5:53PM

Quote:When I got my D300, NX2 was available as a free download. Have they stopped that offer with the D300s?

Good job it was free though - I soon ditched it and went back to Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.



I agree Vincent.

It's probably a question of what you are used to. I didn't like the software that came with my D300 and D3s (probably didn't give it a fair chance) and simply use Lightroom (which is essentially similar to ACR as far as Raw processing is concerned).
Ewanneil 6 1.1k 2 Scotland
30 May 2011 6:00PM

Quote:When I got my D300, NX2 was available as a free download. Have they stopped that offer with the D300s?

Good job it was free though - I soon ditched it and went back to Photoshop and Adobe Camera Raw.




The same for my D300S - when View NX2 works it's fine but it crashed more often than than a 19 year-old in Subaru Imprezza and so I gave up and bought LR3.
damienvc 5 28 2 Belgium
3 Jun 2011 8:50AM
Are you sure NX doesn't process NEF files? It appears to here . Personally, I'd ditch it for Elements and ACR - as other posters have pointed out, NX2 is temperamental at best.

If cash is a bit tight, you can get a disc only (so unboxed) but 100% legit copy of Elements 7 (which is still a very capable programme even though they're now up to v9) for under 20 quid off e-bay. I ended up getting a couple of copies, and am very happy with that as a software set up.
cats_123 Plus
13 4.6k 27 Northern Ireland
3 Jun 2011 9:08AM

Quote:Picasa

Does Picasa process RAW?



Yes...accepts NEF files and then you can convert them to jpeg. Smile

[I had a similar problem with NX2 - it requires a substantial amount of RAM to work.]

Once i have them loaded to Picasa, I can use their add on `picnik' if they're jpeg, or I open the files with pixlr

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