Tue 26-Jun-12 07:17 AM | edited Tue 26-Jun-12 07:48 AM by psf914
I shot my first batch of photographs with my D800E over the weekend, (quality set to RAW )uploaded them to my Mac with View NX2 and have been looking at them and doing some post work for the past few days. The information panel in View NX2 shows each file size anywhere from 39mb to 47mb and after opening a file in Capture NX2, doing a bit of touch up and saving it to my document file as a TIFF the size now shows 103mb. Both versions of Capture and View are the latest... I'm new to both programs but I've been working with Capture with RAW files from my D300 and D300S. SO...not sure how the sizing works here. I also uploaded one of the saved TIFF files to an FTP server and it showed the file as over 103mb and took several minutes to upload.
gone are the days I could save 30 shots of the same scene with slight variations and choose the one I wanted for print. I've got a 2TB hard drive that I'm moving files to as well. I knew to expect large files but this was an eye opener.
Tue 26-Jun-12 11:54 AM | edited Tue 26-Jun-12 12:10 PM by billg71
Yeah, it's an eye-opener for sure. I just got the 800 last week, set it on 14-bit raw and popped in an 8Gb card: 100 images on a card that got me 384 or so on the D300.... Next order was for a 32Gb Lexar card.
It depends a lot on how often and how hard you shoot. If you're packing away a thousand images a week you'll get tight on disc space fairly soon. But disc space is cheap, you can just keep adding drives.
All in all, it's pretty similar to what I experienced going from a D70 to a D200, file size tripled. But discs keep getting larger and cheaper, it's just a matter of managing your storage.
I run 3-2Tb drives in my tower, one for photos and documents, one for videos and document backup and another for backing up everything. Plus a couple of 1.5Tb USB3 portable backup drives that get rotated between the desk and the car weekly. I don't shoot a lot, still have a little over a terabyte free on my main drive, about 750Gb free on the "everything backup" drive and several hundred Gb on each of the portables.
I think a couple of Drobos would simplify things greatly but might complicate the off-site backup. But there are 3Tb externals available that would solve that problem.
Looks like we're all going to have to make some adjustments...
P.S. You'll definitely want a USB3 card reader, I can't imagine transferring a full 32Gb card on USB2 or even Firewire 400.
saw a few examples of the in camera HDR in another post here and they looked really good. But lots of data there as you mention. I'm planning to buy another Mac in a couple months with a 750GB hard drive and more memory just for post work. My current Mac has plenty of room left but I've got all my other programs on it as well and I want something strictly for post work. Still going to have to be careful with the shooting. Looking forward though to seeing what else this camera can do.
I have a 15 TB external Drobo, which i live, and thank god for it.. i did not realize that after a couple of layers, adjustments in photoshop, i would be at 500MB!!! on some images.. geez... time to upgrade my laptop and Storage
That's exactly what I'm in the process of doing. Gotta stay with the times..A buddy of mine here in California was telling me about a guy who lugs around a Hasselblad (63mp files)as his primary camera. For my normal print work (11" x 17")I'll still keep large jpg files to send to the printer. The TIFF's may have their own private storage.
The TIFF files will be limited but the 800E just opened the door to some potential new business with a company that manufactures enormous graphics for decoration in commercial buildings around the country. They're interested in my work and the company that does their printing has requested TIFF files. Uploaded a sample to their FTP server the other night. For smaller prints the large JPG files will work just fine.
I've been getting used to ViewNX2 and CaptureNX2 for dealing with these files and the more I work with them the more I like them. Used Photoshop for many years and still do some things in Photoshop after I save a large file to JPG. Now I just have to work on getting more organized with my files.