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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Nikonian since 29th May 2010Wed 08-May-13 12:02 AM
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"Aperture, Adobe DNG and ViewNX2: we have a winner"


Geneva, US
          

Hi, all--

I just moved from a D90 to a D7100, which is not supported (yet) by Aperture's RAW converter. So, I installed Nikon's View NX2 and Adobe's DNG converter (free) to see which one would convert D7100 RAW files to something I wanted to work with in Aperture.

In short, it was no contest: the Adobe DNG file conversion was relatively quick (didn't collect benchmark data here), and the files were imported quickly and cleanly into Aperture 3. Most important (for me) is that the RAW Fine Tuning and White Balance adjustment bricks were available, just as they are with my D90 RAW files converted by Aperture.

I tried to do the same thing with ViewNX2, and it wasn't pretty. The file sizes of the 16-bit TIFF files exported from ViewNX2 were on the order of 150 MB ( vs ~30 MB for the DNG files from the Adobe DNG converter). After letting the computer grind through the conversion process for a while (~1.5 h for 380 images and still >100 remaining to convert), I finally bailed when my hard disk capacity became the limiting factor. (Note to self: need to fix the HD capacity problem!) At that point, I also bailed from a rigorous, scientific side-by-side comparison of the two RAW conversion pathways.

Here's my bottom line from this less-than-perfect comparison: if you are using a D7100 (or any other camera, for that matter) that is not (yet) supported by Aperture's RAW converter, run (don't walk!) to the Adobe website, download the Adobe DNG converter and get your files into aperture by that route. (It pains me to offer this advice iIn light of Adobe's new screw-the-customer approach to selling Adobe CS by subscription only, but that's how it is.)

With any luck this is just a temporary fix and Apple will provide a Camera RAW upgrade that includes the D7100.

Dave

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gorji Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Wed 29-May-13 01:45 AM
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Jamesville, US
          

Thanks for your post.
I've become interested in Aperture after Adobe's new policy. Not only will I not upgrade from CS6, I am thinking of dumping Lightroom and moving over to Aperture.
Gorji
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