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"To 14 bit or not to 14 bit, that is the question?"

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"RE: "To 14 bit or not to 14 bit, that is the question?""

sidewinder Silver Member Nikonian since 05th Jan 2010
Wed 10-Mar-10 05:45 AM | edited Wed 10-Mar-10 06:06 AM by sidewinder

>Hence the reason I shoot at 14bit, uncompressed NEF and color space at AdobeRGB.

Except that the color space you choose in your camera is irrelevant if you are shooting at 14-bit uncompressed RAW. I have Capture NX 2 open my NEF files (12 or 14-bit) into the ProPhoto RGB color space since it is the largest color space available. All my edits are done in that color space. Only when I am ready to print or save the NEF file as a JPEG is the color space changed.

I don't get too wrapped on in the 12-bit versus 14-bit debate. When I think I will need more than 2.5 FPS when in "CH" mode on my D300s, I switch to 12-bit. Otherwise I am in 14-bit.

Also, using "Lossless compressed" is just as good as uncompressed. As the name suggests, you lose no data using that setting.

Scott

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