Nikon D7200 NEF conversion not as good as with NX-D?

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Hi, I am using Lightroom to process the raw files from my Nikon D7200. I have compared the results to the Nikon NX-D software and unfortunately I like the ones from the NX-D software better. This is mostly because of the way the noise appears to be handled and there is a certain lack of contrast in the image in LR. The out of focus area's contain more noise and are less appealing in LR then in NX-D (without any settings changes in NX-D). I cannot seam to reproduce the same crispness I get from NX-D in LR. Does anybody recognise this / am I missing some processing tricks in LR? I can provide a good sample image at ISO 800 where the differences are (too my eye at least) quite visible.
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Adjust the Whites down a little, maybe shift-double-click the Whites slider as a starting point, and/or adjust the Highlights slider down a bit.

Add some Clarity.

If you don't want to see any noise then you can add some Luminance NR.

None of these are "tricks" they are just normal things you'd do in LR to an image that has a washed out highlights area and a bit of noise.

Although if your output is going to be reduced down in size, somewhat, then leaving a little noise will help the resampling algorithm and output sharpening have more to bite on and a crisper result which is probably why LR doesn't do any Luminance NR by default.
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Hi Steve,

Thanks you for your helpful tips! I seem to be able to get a lot closer to the NX-D result now. There is still some difference but this is mostly visible at 1:1 zoom so not that interesting for most cases.

After processing a few more different photographs I will see if I can determine a certain preset that will approach the result most closely and apply that either on import or when I want.

I have added more aggressive sharpening into the mix as well as the NX-D software appear to "use" much more clarity, sharpening and noise reduction but in a way that you do not need to configure anything to get the best result.

Any ways, with your tips I should be able to get much more out of my images with LR.
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Nikon and Adobe do things differently. Spend less time comparing and more time perfecting your LR techniques.