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To DNG or not to DNG for D800 files

ljordan316

Inverness, US
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ljordan316 Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2010
Sun 10-Jun-12 12:45 PM

I know this subject has been beaten to death in other forums, but I will bring it up again for the D800.

I have been converting my RAW NEF files to Adobe's DNG format for the past couple of years because of the benefits expressed by Adobe at the following link:
http://www.adobe.com/products/photoshop/extend.displayTab2.html

I have Bridge do the conversion when I transfer the files from CF cards to my computer.

With the D300, the conversion was not an issue even though it added significant time to the transfer process. However, with the D800 images I now have two issues:
1. It is REALLY taking a long time to transfer and convert these large NEF files.
2. I cannot view the focus point(s) for images once they are converted because View NX2 only works with NEF/JPEG formats and software from other vendors such as BreezeBrowser do not yet support the D800 file format. I need to view the focus points because I am having some focus issues with wildlife.

I am about to stop doing the conversion so I can get more sleep while on the road doing a shoot (instead of waiting for file transfers to complete) and so I can use View NX2 to view where the camera is focusing.

Do any of you feel strongly about doing the conversion to DNG?

Larry Jordan

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