NEF to TIFF or DNG

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  1. tenlientl

    tenlientl TPF Noob!

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    I've googled Nef vs DNG, I've googled pretty much "d90 nef vs dng." and nothing helped me.

    I have a D90 and shoot in RAW/NEF. Usually I convert them to DNG with Adobe DNG Converter for LR2/CS3. I'm starting to think I should just convert the .nef to .tiff. or stick with DNG?

    I know with DNG, I can go back and redo changes, but what if I'm SURE I only plan to edit them once for JPEG. Would it be better to PP with DNG or TIFF?

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  2. ViceOfFire

    ViceOfFire TPF Noob!

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    I would say .tif would be fine. I also have a D90 and only edit my photos once, and I always edit them in .tif and it doesn't kill picture quality or anything like that.
     
  3. tirediron

    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    You could debate that 'til the cows come home. My workflow goes like this: Do basic adjustments to RAW files, save as .tif, do detailed post-processing to .tif files save .tif files and if using for the web or consumer printing, save as .jpg
     
  4. tenlientl

    tenlientl TPF Noob!

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    Thing is, only way for me to adjust my RAW(.nef) files is through ViewNX. It's very limited imo. So I have to either convert to DNG or TIFF for LR2/CS3
     
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    ViceOfFire TPF Noob!

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    If you have CS3, download Adobe RAW, it's a free plugin to make adjustments to RAW and NEF and then open them.

    EDIT: Sorry I misread what you typed. I think that downloading a trial of CS3 will do you well, and you can use it for 30 days.
     
  6. tenlientl

    tenlientl TPF Noob!

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    I do have CS3, but wait... Are you able to edit your D90's NEF(straight from camera) with Adobe products?

    I guess they recently did an update?
     
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    dEARlEADER TPF Noob!

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    i go nef to light room2 and 90% of my work need go no further... the heavier stuff i edit in tiff for it's universal acceptance...
     
  8. tenlientl

    tenlientl TPF Noob!

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    No. LR2 can't handle D90's NEF atm.
     
  9. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    DNG from camera to LR2 (or Capture One) and do my adjustments. I then save as tiff and archive.

    From what I hear, DNG is moving up in the world as being widely accepted format that will carry into the future. My observation tells me otherwise and I still see TIFF as being the most widely used/supported.
     

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