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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:07 pm 
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Well maybe I'm missing the obvious but here we go.
On my last vacation I shot all my pictures in raw and when I came home I developed them in Nikon's capture nx2.
But when I import the developed pictures into lightroom 2, they don't show the changes I made to them in NX2.
Where can I find the button to make all the nx2 changes to the raw active in Lightroom 2. I know that lightroom 2 recognises the changes made to the pictures in nx2, because when I import them, lightroom 2 briefly shows the final picture before showing the original one.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:09 pm 
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I don't think you can. the best you cna do is save as a Tiff, and then import into lightroom.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:56 pm 
Citruspers wrote:
The best you can do is save as a Tiff, and then import into lightroom.


Thats probably going the best option.

Also i would expect that when you see the final image in LR, which then changes to the original, is the preview LR is using, which was created by Capture NX.


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For the record: I've been searching for a good NX2->lightroom workflow for a long time, and haven't found one yet. :(

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thank you for you reactions,

somewhere on the big internet i've read that this is caused because 3rd party software developers aren't allowed to use all the information the nef files contain.
So basicly adobe isn't allowed to use the data created by nx2 when you develop your pictures.

I don't know if that is true, but that was what it said.

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 20, 2009 5:32 am 
The reason why this is happening is because both NX2 and LR use something called "non-destructive editing", this means that whatever changes you make to the file are not saved until they are exported as a new file, NX2 makes a record of all changes to your files and so does LR. You will notice that you have the same problem if you edit in LR and try to open the file in NX2.

The only way you can get the changes to show in LR is to export to TIFF and the import into LR. It's a bit tedious but it retains all the information of the original RAW file.

Yes, NEF is a closed format so Nikon doesn't readily allow other software companies full access to the data in the files. I'm pretty sure whatever support there is for the format (from Adobe, Apple etc.) is reverse engineered.


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Ok that is very interesting,
I've never tried it the other way around.
It's not that i want to hold on to my raw files for ever, but I'm still learning and I don't want to throw them away while I know I can improve these shot considerably in the near future after some fiddling.

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Hi Schultze,

I agree with Graham. For the record I have the same issue with Canon and their supplied software, DPP. But it does a great job of correcting any lens defects, if I ask it to, and it is also a great RAW converter so I use it to sort out my keepers, apply initial post-processing and then export the result as TIFFs ready for further processing in Adobe Camera RAW. The only drawback is the size of the TIFFs but once the images are saved by Photoshop in PSD format the TIFFs can be safely deleted in the knowledge that the recipe is already stored in the RAW files if they ever need to be used again.

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