The only and biggest problem I see with the D800 mega huge RAW files (beside the space taken on the hdd) is the time it takes to upload/send to the retouchers... Even some of them will refuse to work on them because of the size.
Here's my problem. In the world of medium and large format, the file sizes of the D800 are MINUSCULE. For those coming from the world of film like me, where we process 24 images PER SECOND and those images are about 18MP in size, the sizes of the D800 hardly register.
The fashion guys are shooting 24-80MP images regularly. If you've got a retoucher that won't work on your D800 files, fire them and get a new one.
Although it's an issue of perspective, the D800 has finally brought the file sizes of DSLR into the world of professional studio photography. Get used to it.
>Greeting and TGIF everyone, > >The only and biggest problem I see with the D800 mega huge RAW >files (beside the space taken on the hdd) is the time it takes >to upload/send to the retouchers... Even some of them will >refuse to work on them because of the size. > >Take care, >
It's not like you have to have giant large files. there are options such as DX mode, compression and of course, it none of that meets your needs try a differnt camera.
It seems to me that everything has been and contineus to move to Bigger everything. We watch Video over the internet, we want cameras with ever more pixels. to meet the need, Storage is less expensive, computers are faster and so on and so on.
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You could use Capture NX2 and down-size the RAW files to say 12 mp and re-save as *.nef files... Would cut file sizes for sure..... Haven't tried it my self for this reason but would work as I have edited RAW files and re-saved as *.nef files.
The only way I can see to reduce the size of a NEF file is to downsize and save it as a JPG or TIF and then load it back into a new NEF file. If you do that you have lost the advantage of having a NEF because you no longer have your sensor data.
If you just re-size of crop in CNX2 and save the NEF the file size may reduce slightly because the embedded JPG will be smaller, but that change will be almost insignificant. This is because all edit steps in CNX2 are just instructions for processing the sensor data. The sensor data, which is the major part of the NEF file, is never changed by CNX2.
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Retouchers were working on 300+MB TIF files a dozen years ago. Drum scans. What is the big deal? FTP file transfer times at current upload/download speeds are inconsequential. Find another retoucher - one that isn't using an Atari ST with a 56K dialup connection.