Well here is the comaprison.
What did I do?
- I loaded the NEF into CaptureNX2 and disabled all processing apart from the picture control ("Bildoptimierung" in the German user interface of CNX2). As I shoot with in-camera picture control set to MC (=monochrome) with some additional contrast thrown in for good measure, I had to reset that in CNX2. I choose SD (=Standard) with no additional settings!
- In LightRoom2 I loaded the NEF too and pressed the Reset-button in the Development module thus effectively eliminating anydeviation from a standard-development that LR2 choose.
- Then I overlayed both images on my screen side by side and did a screenshot. Here is the result:
Next up is a 100% crop (LR2 left, CNX2 right):
Now you can clearly see the differences in RAW-conversion:
- CNX2 develops darker tones with a violet tin in the clouds and a warmer more orangeish light, plus higher microcontrast/sharpness in the twigs.
- LR2 develops the RAW slightly brighter and produces a clearly cooler, more turquoise tint in the clouds.
Now let's turn to the histogram in both programs. As they are not of the same size I resized the histogram from CNX2 to fit the size of that found in LR2. Quite a difference!
Upper histogram is from CNX2 (corresponding to the right image), lower histogram is from LR2 (corresponding to the left image). I've taken the liberty to color the grey background and neutral color in the CNX2 histogram the same color as in the LR2 histogram.
Btw: The more colorful peaks in the CNX2 are not
reduced by switching the picture control from SD to NL (=neutral). Obviously CNX2 produces a more distinct color separation than LR2. If you ask me, the redish/orange cast in some colors of the CNX2 conversion does not match my impression from that evening, but perhaps my impression was influenced by the sub-zero temps at that moment
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