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  1. Commonman

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    I'm looking into getting a Nikon D-80. It allows the taking of raw files.
    What is a raw file? Will it give me the highest quality?
     
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    i'll be honest...if you have to ask what RAW is you really don't need a D80...

    look into the D40
     
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    I am wondering what the Canon equivalent of a Nikon d-80 is.
    I am looking for the highest resolution so I can enlarge the digital photos.
    However, I am wondering if my i-Mac G4 can handle raw files
     
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    This is not a stupid question.
    The raw file is the digital equivalent of a negative and it will need postprocessing to get the most out of it. It offers the most possibility for creative post processing and best printing. (from your signature, it's obvious you know about negatives!!) The D80 can record both jpg (raw processed by the camera) and raw. Suggest you save as both for a while before shooting in raw only.
    Have fun, the D80 is nice little camera.
     
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    woa woa, i never said it was a stupid question...

    and your G4 is going to STRUGGLE with large RAW's in photoshop
     
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    Maybe, but it's probably only limited by ram.

    The Canon equivalent would probably be the 20d or 30d
     
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    No, it won't. I use a G4 every day with zero problems at all.
    Hell, my Laptop (Dell Latitude D505) does fine with RAW+photoshop

    obviously, the more RAM you have the better, but with 1Gb of RAM on hand with the G4, I'm not exactly limping along.

    This month's issue of pop photo has a real nice article comparing RAW v Jpeg. The side by side image comparisions really drive the point home. You get a lot more out of RAW than you ever will with Jpeg. When edit a RAW file, don't save it as a Jpeg, that defeats the purpose. Save as a TIFF or a PSD unless your source for prints only takes jpg.
     
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    I had no problem processing wedding photographs on a Dell Insprion 4100 with 512mb of RAM, and an 866mhz cpu. And those are the 10mpx RAWs from the D200 not the smaller D70 ones.

    There's a lot of missinformation on this entire forum about the type of computer needed for image work. Digital photography didn't just come out this year with the core2duos you know ;)
     
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    you must have the patience of a god as my G4 at my old job had 768mb ram, i would use it for Notes, CS2 and surfing, and it didn't handle RAW too well, "fine" jpegs were not and issue but making changes to the photo (levels e/t/c) were not instant by any means
     
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    I shoot nothing but RAW file with my Canon 5D and would never go back to shooting JPEG's. RAW files give you so much flexibility with exposure, color, white balance, you can sharpen, and the is no loss in the file while you are making adjustments. There are many great books out there that explain working with RAW files and setting up a workflow.
     
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    I use my g4 powerbook for everything I do with my images. It zips along...I know nothing about computers and know my husband has done some things to it so maby that helps.
    I also didn't know what RAW was when I got my D80. Heck I didn't know what ISO, WB, apurture or just about anything else that had to do with my camera. Granted I am not expert in 3-4 months but I am sure as heck glad I decided to go with the D80 and not the D40. People can learn.
    I like what Pratice had to say, ditto.
     
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    I also am someone that shoots only uncompressed RAW pictures. Results are superior than outputing JPegs in post processing, and I do not have to worry about white balance, just set it to AUTO and change during PP if needed.

    Edit: I can use Nikon's Capture NX on a computer as "low" as a P2 and 256mb of RAM and its not that much slower, and still very usable. I am not familiar with MACs at all, but surely a machine with 700+mb of RAM cannot be that slow as to make using RAW pics unbearable.

    One doesn't need a high end computer to edit RAW pics unless you are doing some massive PP'ing using apps like Adobe CS3 or doing 2000+ pics at a time.
     

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