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After you shoot: Do you convert from NEF to DNG? Or keep in NEF?

Ronald Lee

Vancouver, CA
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Ronald Lee Registered since 10th Aug 2012
Mon 03-Sep-12 04:57 PM

Hi there,

A quick poll to the group: after you shoot, when you post process your images, say using Lightroom or Photoshop, do you convert to DNG or keep the file in Nikon's NEF format? And are you saving/archiving the NEF files or deleting them after you convert them?

Today, it seems its adventageous to process in DNG but do you think there may be reasons to stay in NEF or keep it in the future, say Nikon releases some somewhere that can do something DNG can't?

For the type of work I do (mostly online and some editorial print) either would be fine.

Advantages of DNG:
*smaller file size, but lossLESS compression.
*no sidecar file.
*widely usable and read
*smaller size means faster editing.
*native to Adobe, and since I work in LR and PS....

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