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How do you create camera profile that can make D700 and D4 look almost the same? Sorry for such newbie question, I never had a need to explore this when I was using 2 D700s.
There are some nice profiles online to get the D2x skintones on D4, but I think most are not free.
I find it really weird that you don't like the D4 files, I hear a LOT of good stuff about them, I think it's your D700 you have to tweak.
Some stuff from Flickr:
Jerry P. H. says:
I have a couple of "gigs" lined up for this weekend, so I thought it would be a good time to do a monitor calibration and create a profile for the D4 with the X-Rite Passport Color Checker.
When I made the ones for my D700's the difference was not drastic, but there were changes across pretty much the whole colour spectrum. Colours were more vibrant in general and the magenta flesh tones were controlled better..
For the D4, it seems very little is needed. Looking at them side by side at 100%, I see some increases in vibrance in the blue range, and the blacks are a bit darker. I am not seeing any visible changes in greens, yellows, reds, etc... and skin tones out of the camera are pretty much identical pre and post profile creation!
Seems Nikon really did their homework this time, I am pleasantly surprised.
I've only done one Color Checker profile for the D4, wanting to test out the D4 straight out of the box for a while. I got the increase in contrast with the blacks and also some improvements in the blues and reds. My greens/yellows really popped though with back lit grasses.
Again, wanting to get a feel for the camera straight out of the box, I've been processing with out the profile. I am loving the skin tones the camera gives naturally. I think I will continue taking the color checker shots in each setting in case I do hit a scene that I need the assistance, but will only go through the process of making a profile if I hit trouble in the processing.
Jerry P. H. says:
The skin tones are much improved, definitely better than anything before it. None of my subjects has that traditional Nikon magenta feel to the faces straight out of the box anymore that I had to work hard to fix.
I'll check out the profile's performance this weekend.
I would also suggest you to buy a colorchecker passport. Or you can just make a profile in lightroom yourself by doing a split view between the same D700 and D4 image, then you can really tweak it to get the same looks as the D700. But I think the problem is not the D4, but the D700, you are now comparing the D4 to what you are used to. Instead, you can also say that the D700 is to magenta compared to the D4. It's like when you just callibrated your trusted monitor, you also say it's too blue/orange and magenta/green. Your eyes have to get used to it.