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Feb 20, 2015 09:04 |  #1

Thought on converting to DNG in LR5 or keeping the RAW file?


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Feb 20, 2015 10:13 |  #2

Personally I just stay with the RAW files. I understand that there may be some advantages in loading time but not really sure that there is anything else that is advantageous. I know that if you are using an older version that converting to DNG is the only way to use a new camera, but at the moment LR5 is the current version.

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Feb 20, 2015 15:33 |  #3

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Feb 20, 2015 16:04 |  #4

I was told the need would arise to convert all my RAW files back when I owned a then current 10D (circa 2003)

Now even though I still sometimes shoot with an even older EOS D60 (circa 2002) I have yet to need to convert a single RAW file to .dng

Despite the sky is falling predictions of the early millennium, all current RAW converters I use will read these oldest cameras' RAW files just fine.

My attitude is that when or if the newest software stops reading these old camera files, THEN I will still have plenty of time to do any possible conversions. In the meantime I have plenty other things to keep my occupied.


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Feb 20, 2015 16:29 |  #5

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #17441292 (external link)
I was told the need would arise to convert all my RAW files back when I owned a then current 10D (circa 2003)

Now even though I still sometimes shoot with an even older EOS D60 (circa 2002) I have yet to need to convert a single RAW file to .dng

Despite the sky is falling predictions of the early millennium, all current RAW converters I use will read these oldest cameras' RAW files just fine.

My attitude is that when or if the newest software stops reading these old camera files, THEN I will still have plenty of time to do any possible conversions. In the meantime I have plenty other things to keep my occupied.

Pretty much how I've approached it. If new RAW converters ever move to drop support for older files then I will take the time to convert.


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Feb 21, 2015 03:50 |  #6

I take a "sitting on the fence" approach: my working files are .dngs with Quick Load Data and the backups are .CR2s. If you select the option during import to LR to make a second copy to another drive, that copy will always be in the original format.


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Feb 21, 2015 03:56 |  #7

Colorblinded wrote in post #17441325 (external link)
If new RAW converters ever move to drop support for older files then I will take the time to convert.

+1 . I am an other one in this club. This also grantees that the conversion will be as current as possible (e.g. transferring as much info as possible into the latest standard format).


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Feb 21, 2015 04:24 |  #8

From what has been said here and some research, I will stick to saving the RAW files.


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Feb 21, 2015 22:11 |  #9

I save to my HDD as DNG files from DXO Pro, then i open them this way in Lr4.4 to finish off, they do save as large files 40mb + so i trust they are as good to work with in LR as a Raw would be?

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Feb 22, 2015 12:37 |  #10

If I happen to use a camera that CS5 raw doesn't work on then I use DNG to convert to CS5 raw type and then process. I refuse to pay to rent anything more than CS5. CS6 got rid of a few good things I really used so if I can't use CS5 I use DNG then CS5 on the converted one.




  
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Feb 22, 2015 14:21 |  #11

One offsite location has RAW, another offsite location has DNG. Onsite I keep both. Each location has jpeg.

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Feb 22, 2015 17:10 |  #12

I convert to DNG on saving from the camera card. The original CR2 gets renamed and then a DNG copy is made. I work with the DNG but can always get back to the CR2 with the same name if needed (VERY seldom). I like that the side care info is in the DNG rather than a separate file.


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Feb 22, 2015 19:15 |  #13

Tom_D wrote in post #17444471 (external link)
I like that the side care info is in the DNG rather than a separate file.

This is the only reason I started converting to DNG upon import instead of keeping things in RAW. When I first started shooting RAW I somehow managed to misplace or dissociate the side-car files from their respective RAW files...all of my editing changes were lost and I was left with the SOOC RAWs. With a good workflow this is 100% avoidable, but it can get confusing when moving files from one location or HDD to another. For me, DNG just makes things more simple.


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Feb 23, 2015 09:30 |  #14

CyberDyneSystems wrote in post #17441292 (external link)
...My attitude is that when or if the newest software stops reading these old camera files, THEN I will still have plenty of time to do any possible conversions. In the meantime I have plenty other things to keep my occupied.

Exactly. It appears that Adobe will continue to support the DNG spec and produce a free conversion tool, should the need ever arise to convert your ancient raw files to something else. The problem occurs when you've committed to the DNG-only workflow and the newest raw converter than everyone tells you you should be using does not support DNG fully.

Backing up is probably a lot more important than having two copies in two different file formats.

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