I just want to let everyone know about what I have been doing the last few days. I have not in the past given much thought to shooting raw because I really say no need. My jpg pics have worked for a long time, and even my big prints are great. recently however, I shot a small banquet and made a huge goof. I did'nt look at my histogram while shooting, and didnt notice my exposure comp. had been set on -2! I had been experimenting the previous day and I had'nt switched back. I saved the images enough to be usable, but the results were not up to my desired quality, although the customer says they like them... I decided it was time to shoot NEF, and I started trying to figure out how i wanted my workflow to go and what program to use. I tried in no particular order: Nikon Capture, Bibble, Silkypix, and Lightroom. I just didnt like any of them. The end results were good, but getting there just was not easy for me. I just didnt click with any of them. Then, I tried DXO. wow, instant clickage. It is by a long shot the easiest to use, best controls, and best results of any of the programs I have tried. I see no reason to look anywhere else. I read and now believe that the RAW converter you choose is very personal, but if you are looking, give it a try. here's a link, it's a kinda long download, when setting up, choose "expert" as your default. http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_demo And because of what I have read about 3rd party converters, I just wanted to add... I have compared DXO converted images against Nikon capture converted images, and I much prefer DXO. The images have less noise and seem smoother and have better color. Also, even if you don't shoot RAW, DXO does wonders for JPGs too. All of the opinions above are mine alone and please do not beat me up if you have a different view, just try it.