True, but the real benefit from NEF is that you can adjust the white balance and exposure in your computer with Nikon Capture or Bibble, after having taking the picture. This can improve your quality regardless of the final print size.
If you are printing from your printer you should check your printer manual and the Nikon manual and calculate your size.
BUT, I just went to my camera store here in Japan and if you are having prints done on the Fuji Frontier system then JPEG Fine Medium size will give photo quality up to 11x14, which is the largest Fuji Frontier will print to.
But if you crop a lot then you'll want to do JPEG Fine at Large.
I find it interesting that the Canon D60 Large size is the same as the D100 medium size. So, you really don't need the Large size unless you are going beyond 11x14 or if you crop a whole lot.
PS - I seem to be in the minority here, but I prefer to have my prints done professionally on the Frontier system.
I agree that RAW/NEF quality is the best. But I just would like to know if I copy in the same format and give a CDROM to the photo developers (the commercial ones) would they be able to develop prints for me in 4R or 6R sizes.
I am sure they can when I give them files in JPEG formats, but not sure about NEF/RAW formats.
I bought a new D100 Camera Yesterday and still experimenting with all the settings. Shot a few close ups of flowers and the pictures look great at JPEG(Fine) resolution.
Now we all know that RAW/NEF files and TIFF files occupy a lot of memory, which, in other words a lot of information. The JPEG Fine setting occupies about 2.5 MB on average per picture whereas the normal JPEG (which is normally viewed using MS Photo Editor) is just below 1 MB.
Now if I give these JPEG Images which are below 1 MB to the Walmart kind of people for developing, my worry and question is whether the prints would really look that horrible ?
I have never used my own printer before, hence another question. If I had my own printer at home, does it mean that I could have printed RAW/NEF files myself ?
always shoot raw..you can always lower the image quality later if you wish....cuz once you shot you can't go back...and suddenly you might print bigger than your 8x10....i don't have the d100...only the d1x...not sure how fast it shoots raw....maybe thats why you are asking too?...
Thanks for the information everyone. I'll be getting prints done professionally. I only have a 256 cf card though. I can't fit much if I shoot raw. I'm broke as of now because of the camera price (i'm a student). It'll be a little bit before I can buy another card. I think I'll be shooting jpeg hi, unless I am doing doing something "special"
Also, I havn't tried shooting raw, but I read in another thread that its pretty slow, but not as slow as tif. I don't recall exact times though.
My mistake when I started shooting NEFs is that the default mode is compressed. Go to your Shooting Menu, Image Quality and change it to shoot NEFs raw. It's a little slower than JPEG, but not that much. Compressed NEFs are really slooooow. I can't thing of a single reason to shoot compressed NEF.