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Nik Collection 2.5 aims to recreate the Golden Age of analog photography

DxO Nik Collection 2.5
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DxO has just announced Nik Collection 2.5, an updated version of the celebrated Nik Collection 2 plug-in suite which adds 15 new classic analog film types to recreate the ‘Golden Age’ of analog film photography.

The Nik Collection is now owned and developed by DxO, the company behind PhotoLab 3, which we rate as one of the best photo editing software applications you can buy.

The Nik Collection includes seven different plug-ins and works with Photoshop, Lightroom Classic and Photoshop Elements. Version 2.5 has been updated for compatibility with the latest Affinity Photo 1.8 software, too.

There are many different plug-ins and effects tools on the market, but the Nik Collection has a scope and a power that still sets it apart from the rest. It includes the Analog Efex Pro 2 plug in, Silver Efex Pro 2, Color Efex Pro 4, HDR Efex Pro 4, Viveza, Dfine and Sharpener Pro. It also comes with DxO PhotoLab Essential, DxO’s powerful image browsing, raw processing, editing and optical correction software. For more, see our How to use Nik Collection 2 tutorial.

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Classic films recreated

The new analog film effects are divided between Silver Efex Pro 2, which gets ten new ‘iconic’ black and white films, and Color Efex Pro 4, with five new classic color films

Color Efex Pro 4’s new color film simulations include Agfa Precisia CT 100, chosen for its neutral colors and deep blues, which make it ideal for landscapes, Fujifilm FP-100C for its rich tonal gradations, Fujifilm instax, Fujichrome Provia 400X (granularity, ‘radiant’ colors and contrast) 400X, and the very much on-trend Lomography Redscale 100. Some of these films are no longer in production, so this is a way to get their characteristic ‘look’.

The Nik Collection 2.5 by DxO (to give it its full title) is available in both Mac and PC versions from the DxO website. It’s a free update for existing Nik Collection 2 users, £69 for owners of the Nik Collection 2018 and £125 for new users (which includes a copy of PhotoLab Essential). DxO PhotoLab can be bought separately (see below):

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Rod Lawton

Rod is the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.