What's your best noise reducer?

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  1. dtornabene1

    dtornabene1 TPF Noob!

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    It seems as though there are really two at the top, Dfine and Noise Ninja. What does everyone think? Are these the best or is there something better out there? If you like one more than the other, tell me. Not something I can read on the Website, something from use.
     
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    I recently purchases Noiseware Professional by imagenomic. I bought it based on other users recommendation, and it is fantastic.

    You can download most programs for free to demo them, but they put a watermark grid over your pictures.

    Noiseware was well worth the price.
     
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    Neat Image is the other one many people here use. I say it's almost on par with Noise Ninja which I prefer.
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I have:
    Noise Ninja
    Noise Ninja Pro
    Neat Image
    Dfine
    Imagenomic Noiseware Pro

    Noiseware pro gives me consistently better results with less loss in detail than any other one.
     
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    timbearden TPF Noob!

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    I use noiseware too.
     
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    Noiseware's preservation of detail is really top notch, it does wonders for my ISO 3200 shots.
     
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    The noise reduction in LR2 is actually pretty decent. I use this for minor noise reduction and Imagenomic Noiseware Pro for more serious needs.
     
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    dtornabene1 TPF Noob!

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    Wow! This seems pretty overwhelming. Noiseware is getting a serious nod. Thanks to all who have taken the time to post so far.

    -Nick
     
  9. ksmattfish

    ksmattfish Now 100% DC - not as cool as I once was, but still

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    I've seen several in depth comparisons between Noise Ninja, Neat Image, and Noiseware, and they all found that there were photos where each did a slightly better job than the others. I downloaded the trial versions of all three, and used them for a while. I went with Noiseware Pro because I liked the controls and interface the best.

    I bought Noiseware Pro, but actually I've only used it maybe a dozen times in the last year even though over half of all of my photos are shot at ISO 1600 or higher. Shooting raw and exposing to the right is the absolute best way I've found to reduce noise, and there is zero detail loss. I find I usually don't need to use extra noise reduction software (beyond what's available in LR or ACR) until I start pushing the ISO up to 6400+.
     
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    Exactly.
     
  11. JerryPH

    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Actually, the best way to get high ISO and little to no noise is to get a D700/D3... lol

    ISO 3200 shots in a low light environment where my D200 would be completely useless on a D700 even shows no need for any noise reduction. These pics are 99% SOOC and the only thing that I did was increase sharpness (something not good if you are trying to show a low noise pic as increasing sharpness also increases your ability to see the noise better!):

    [​IMG]
    Camera: Nikon D700
    Exposure: 0.033 sec (1/30)
    Aperture: f/5.6
    Focal Length: 35 mm
    ISO Speed: 3200

    Now, the place where the most noise in this pic would show is the top left area... the grey background or where the velvet curtains transition to the lit areas, those sections, traditionally would give you the most visible noise.

    A 100% crop shows what is there... of course there is some noise but it is extremely minor. There is about the same amount of noise there that my D200 would have at ISO 400.:
    [​IMG]
     
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    Jerry, that is an amazing demonstartion of what the higher lines of cameras, with full frame sensors, can do. Do you think the Canon MARK series would perform the same?

    and since I am not buying a Mark series lol, and I am going to shoot in Gyms with an ISO up to 3200, what does "ksmattfish" mean by "Shooting raw and exposing to the right is the absolute best way I've found to reduce noise, and there is zero detail loss?"

    Does exposing to the right mean underexpose and dthen britgen it in PP?
     

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