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"RE: Is there life after NEF?"

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Thu 15-Mar-12 02:03 PM

I'm not sure that TIFF would be my primary choice if I was looking at alternate camera formats. TIFF has been around for a long time, but Adobe Camera Raw or DNG might be a better option.

The first step in your workflow needs to be a NEF conversion. There are two options - you can take the NEF directly out of the camera and immediately convert it to the desired format, or you can enhance the RAW file using CNX2, View NX2 or a third party converter such as Capture One.

Before you move outside of your RAW converter, you want to save your negatives - so your edited or unedited NEF file needs to be saved.

Many photographers use Lightroom for postprocessing. While not exactly a NEF converter, it handles NEF files and allows you to return to the original file. Lightroom would facilitate creating a DNG file.

Here is a link for more information on TIFF/ACR/ and DNG.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Negative_(file_format)

I would view TIFF or JPEG as output formats. NEF is truly your negative. DNG is a generic version of your negative from Adobe.


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