Phoenixkh wrote in post #18479799
Some times, it's better to be a drone, I guess. I can't get all upset about $10 a month..... and all the math telling me how much I'm losing over 50 years if I would just set that $10 a month aside leaves me cold.
You can't buy a drink and a snack at a gas station when you're on a trip for less than $10. Netflix is $25 a month because we still like watching Blu Ray movies. HBO is $10... I could go on and on. What about the snacks people buy at the grocery store? How many boxes of crackers or chips can you buy for $10? How about avoiding those every month for the rest of your life? We make choices.. all of us. Available resources determine some of those choices for us.
I will take the advice offered here and keep my CR2 files instead of converting to .dng on upload. That will future proof me.... but will leave the thousands of photographs I currently have on my external drives in jeopardy should I have to take another route. I'm sure I will be able to find something that will read them or reconvert them back into another readable format at that time. My best photos are already in .tif and .jpg files.
you're using older cameras, you're not going to have issues with any software, and in that respect, you're current collection is basically future proof. Converting to DNG would only make your state of the art camera backwards compatible.
I dont like the subscription model because there are other things that follow that model already, and the stack can get thick. Insurance, property tax, phone, internet, youtube red, tv, it really can get out of hand. It's kind of like accruing debt, some folks are fine with it, others see it as flushing money down the toilet.
I kind of run the latest cameras and latest lenses, so a subscription is highly beneficial for me, however, I'm kind of in the safe zone in that I shoot sony and I get bailed out by them with cheap/free software. My old canon images would need to go through LR, which is OK as long as I never switch back. Tapering my gear lust ways will help, and that's what I'm constantly trying to do
Sony A7iii/ZV-1 - FE 24/1.4 - SY 24/2.8 - FE 35/2.8 - FE 50/1.8 - FE 85/1.8 - F 600/5.6 - CZ 100-300 - Tamron 17-28/2.8 - 28-75/2.8 - 28-200 RXD
Panasonic G9 - Laowa 7.5/2 - PL 15/1.7 - P 42.5/1.8 - OM 75/1.8 - PL 10-25/1.7 - P 12-32 - P 14-140