A quick test of Nik Color Efex 3

Recently, I’ve been searching for a way to give my pictures a Kodachrome 64 look, without much success. I tried different Lightroom presets, but they didn’t bring me the results I had hoped for. So I decided to give Nik Color Efex a try … and so far — apart from running awfully slow for no obvious reason — the results look promising. Here’s just a quick conversion of a picture I took during our winter holidays, just to demonstrate what Color Efex can do.

Leica M8 + Nokton 50/1.5 @ f/2, 1/750 sec, ISO 160

P.S.: I had also tried DxO Film Pack, with equally good results. Both softwares have the limit that they cannot work with DNG files, so you have to do some preliminary processing any way. If I can’t fix the speed issue with Color Efex, I may give DxO another shot …

3 comments to A quick test of Nik Color Efex 3

  • I absolutely love the colors and the bokeh in this photo. A very warm and inviting family memory! I use the NIK software as a plug-in for Aperture 3. I have not had any issues with speed. Seems there are an infinite number of possibilities with all of the presets and adjustments to the presets. What preset did you use on this photo? Is this the lens you sold to buy the Zeiss 50 f/2?

  • Hi Troy,

    yes, Color Efex has a great Kodachrome 64 implementation – much nicer than DxO. I simply used the Kodachrome 64 preset, without any further adjustments, just to see how it’ll work out.

    I don’t know what the speed issue is related to – it just runs awfully slow, as if my Laptop didn’t have enough power (it’s a year-old Centrino 2 notebook with 2.3 GHz and 2 GB of memory — it shouldn’t be that slow).

    Yes, I sold the Nokton to be able to fund the Planar. It’s a very good lens, too, but I wanted that Zeiss look back :-)

  • Beautifull image. It seems that i have to order a copy of the color efex 3 software!

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