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    Default DNG vs RAW

    I'm fully aware of the differences between DNG and RAW
    I've been converting to DNG, simply to save some space, but checking last night, I'm really only saving less than 1mb.

    So what are others doing? and why?

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    Why would I use DNG? Space is cheap, time isnt.
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    There was a thread about this recently.... basically use RAW, don't waste time with DNG, there's no need.
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    When are you using it and why? I've never seen enough of a good explanation as to why I would want to convert to DNG.
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    I used to use DNG natively with my Pentax cameras. It's great when a new camera comes out as it's instantly readable by photoshop. I am slightly concerned about the ongoing compatibility of proprietary formats, at least Adobe should maintain it with their own format, right?

    However I'm not using DNGs now as Nikon doesn't support it (thanks for the choice Nikon). ONe bonus is that now I'm using the xmp sidecar files which aren't embedded in the original file is that backups are quicker after edits as only the xmp file changes.

    I see no real reason not to use them if it suits you. The only trouble being conversion time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    I used to use DNG natively with my Pentax cameras. It's great when a new camera comes out as it's instantly readable by photoshop. I am slightly concerned about the ongoing compatibility of proprietary formats, at least Adobe should maintain it with their own format, right?

    However I'm not using DNGs now as Nikon doesn't support it (thanks for the choice Nikon). ONe bonus is that now I'm using the xmp sidecar files which aren't embedded in the original file is that backups are quicker after edits as only the xmp file changes.

    I see no real reason not to use them if it suits you. The only trouble being conversion time.
    I see no problem using DNG if it is produced natively by the camera - like Pentax do.
    However converting a native raw format into DNG gains you nothing and will possibly lose data in the process (as has been observed in earlier DNG versions).
    There is precisely ZERO chance of the most popular raw formats becoming unsupported. Routines for decoding raw data from various manufacturers have been in the public domain for years.
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    Thanks everyone..... me thinks I might move back to RAW (NEF)
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    Quote Originally Posted by JED View Post
    There is precisely ZERO chance of the most popular raw formats becoming unsupported. Routines for decoding raw data from various manufacturers have been in the public domain for years.
    Good news!

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