I can copy .jpg easily from my camera to my PC, but I get "Access Denied" when I try to copy NEF to my PC.
My d5100 is new, so I still have the distribution CD. Which utility do I install to copy NEF to PC?
Before I go nuts installing teraquads of new software, does Elements do this? I know I can use the camera as a disk drive and bring one or more pictures into Elements, jpg or NEF. Is there a utility in Elements that lets me copy from the camera to a subdirectory on my hard drive, en masse?
The first question would be, what utility are you using to copy the files that is giving you the "access denied" error?
In general, the easiest and most efficient method of getting the pictures off the card is to use a card reader and manually copy them using Windows File Explorer or the equivalent on your computer's OS.
I happen to use "Downloader Pro" by BreezeSys.com to go the copying as it lets me rename the files, among other things, during the copy.
See below for Rick's explanation of what/how Elements does for file copying.
If you are hooking the camera directly to the computer and attempting to use Elements directly on the files without copying them to the hard drive, then I would expect an "access denied" message since the camera probably is not going to allow write access to its files.
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Elements includes a downloading tool. Exactly how it's accessed depends on the version, but in Elements 11, it's found by going into the Organizer, selecting File>Get Photos and Videos>From Card or Reader. You then have all sorts of choices regarding where they go, renaming, etc. You can also install the Nikon View NX2 program found on the CD that came with your camera and use it. It includes similar options, as do many other programs.
Although doing this will work with a camera, getting a card reader is a smart, inexpensive way to go. It'll save battery power and is much more convenient.
I agree with Rick, get an inexpensive USB SD card reader. Then you can just drag and drop the images or folder of images where ever you want. I carry one in my bag too, so I can put images onto any computer via USB easily and quickly.Most laptops now have built in SD card readers too, my HP does. Connecticut Nikonian D5100 Nikkor 50mm 1.8 18-55DXVR 18-105VR 55-200VR other asst. glass
Memory cards are designed to be removed and reinstalled regularly throughout their service life. Using a Card Reader to download your image files actually causes less wear and tear on your equipment than connecting the camera to your computer using the USB cable. The download speed using a Card Reader is usually significantly faster than connecting the camera to the computer via the USB cable.
Going on a walking architecture shoot in my town, this weekend. I'll use the reader after. Lots of 19 teens and 19 twenties homes. Some quasi-Victorian. Some meticulously kept, others sad. It's the sad ones that have the drama. Probably will shoot at least 100 shots. I plan to do at least 2 pseudo-HDR, to knit together in Elements.