A&P Do all of you guys use DNG file format?

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  1. Ty Webb

    Ty Webb You don't have to go to college. This isn't Russia

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    Up until now I have been using the RAW canon CR2 files out of the camera when importing and processing. I think I may start to convert to DNG though on import. Any thoughts or advice on this more universal format?
     
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    I convert them all to DNG. At a minimum, it eliminates the need for the sidecar files that Lightroom creates when editing RAW files, making the files a bit more portable and easier to manage IMO :dunno:
     
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    CR2, tiff, and JPG is all I use. never DNG.

    sometimes I will save as a PSD if I am in the middle of working on a layered cs3 image and I am taking a break and will come back shortly. I dont even know why I do it but I just do
     
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    adamlewis88 New Member

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    Ive never used DNG
     
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    ace3 mouthify my wang.

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    cr2 only. never used dng.
     
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    i keep them raw and export my processed ones to jpg
     
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    dng is just a space saver right?
     
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    it's an alternative RAW format.
    It's useful for things like with photoshop, when newer cameras require photoshop CS3 or 4....but you only have two. You convert to DNG and then boom, you can edit the RAW in CS2 using whatever adobe camera raw is available for it.
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    omg noob
     
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    always raw (cr2), then i save all my edits as PDS's and finally jpegs
     
  11. Dan Martin

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    I only convert to DNG for certain tools to work, but I'm still not convinced that DNG is any more "archival" than CR2. Sure, it makes Adobe's life easier if they don't have to support 11ty RAW formats for every camera out there, but I can't see Adobe dropping support for Canon or Nikon anytime soon. However, if I convert to DNG, I've now lost my ability to use any of Canon's utilities to work on the files. In other words, by converting to DNG I might get some protection from future obsolescence, at the expense of losing compatibility now.

    You might say "but Dan, you can embed your original CR2 in the DNG!". Yes, that's true, but if I wanted my files to be 70MB each, I might as well convert everything to 16-bit TIFF and call it a day.

    DNG would be infinitely better if all of the major camera manufacturers standardized on it, but only a handful of boutique brands have done so to date. Canon and Nikon do a fair amount of preprocessing to their supposedly "RAW" files, and the secret recipe is contained in their proprietary format. Going DNG would mean their recipe would be open to everyone and the fanbois out there would go apeshit over who does more correction than who.
     
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    Wow. I had no clue I was able to get you so worked up :bowdown:
     
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    jared_IRL OT Supporter

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    yeah, that was pretty awesome. :rofl:
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    What can I say, ignorance pisses me off :dunno:
     
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    The irony
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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    I guess working in a camera store + reading the intarwebs = pro with all the answers. I should take your regurgitated info as gospel.
     
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    bbp bike watching troll king OT Supporter

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    lol @ isaac86hatch and adamlewis88
     
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    isaac86hatch This thread sucks

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