D700: should I try RAW/NEF

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KennethKwok
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D700: should I try RAW/NEF
Jan 16, 2013

Thanks.

From reading forum,

RAW/NEF is better than JPEG, because it allows better editing.
It allows more exposure/white balance fixing (over/under exposed).

If you use jpeg on D700, it is a waste!
(seems to imply, if you use jpeg, please just use a point and shoot)

If not edited (if photoshop skills not applied), NEF is more plain and less contrasty.
JPEG looks better. (I tried this, and I agree)

Does anyone still have NEF files from Nikon D1? Does it still load up in your lightroom/photoshop?
I have no confidence that NEF from D700 can be read 8, 10 years or longer from now.
I feel JPEG may be able to be read 10 years from now.
Of course this are just blind guesses.
This is a strong factor against my using NEF.
I would be very unhappy if all my precious photos cannot be read 10 years from now,
because I chose NEF over JPEG.

Does NEF contains more detail?
E.g. if zoomed to 100%, does NEF show finer hair, finer details on human skin than JPEG?
I guess I am asking...  Does NEF resolve better? or something to that extent.

Thanks for your opinion and comments on the above.

 KennethKwok's gear list:KennethKwok's gear list
Nikon D700 Nikon AF-S Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8G ED Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.4G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II Nikon AF Nikkor 35mm f/2D +3 more
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