Hack to get PS/LR to read Nikon Df files

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Horshack
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Hack to get PS/LR to read Nikon Df files
Dec 4, 2013

The following hack will modify the EXIF data to make Df files look like D4 files. This requires the exiftool utility, free for both Windows and Mac.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" <nef filename>

By default exiftool will save your original file to a file with the same name but with "_original" appended to it. If you don't want exiftool to save the original, add the -overwrite_original option to it. If you use this option be sure to save your original raw files prior to converting them to "D4" files.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original myfile.NEF

Note that exiftool supports filename wildcards, so for example if you want to convert all the NEFs in a given directory:

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original *.NEF

You can automate the process by creating a desktop icon that you can drop your NEF files/folders into. For instructions see this post (use "D4" instead of "D5200").

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bigconig
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Re: Hack to get PS/LR to read Nikon Df files
In reply to Horshack, Dec 4, 2013

Horshack wrote:

The following hack will modify the EXIF data to make Df files look like D4 files. This requires the exiftool utility, free for both Windows and Mac.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" <nef filename>

By default exiftool will save your original file to a file with the same name but with "_original" appended to it. If you don't want exiftool to save the original, add the -overwrite_original option to it. If you use this option be sure to save your original raw files prior to converting them to "D4" files.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original myfile.NEF

Note that exiftool supports filename wildcards, so for example if you want to convert all the NEFs in a given directory:

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original *.NEF

You can automate the process by creating a desktop icon that you can drop your NEF files/folders into. For instructions see this post (use "D4" instead of "D5200").

Awesome, thanks. Just  checked  with an NEF I DL'd from imaging resource and it does indeed work with LR5. My DF arrives tomorrow and I can shoot RAW with no worries. Kudos

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In reply to Horshack, Dec 4, 2013

Thanks for the links and writeup, Horshack.

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Re: Hack to get PS/LR to read Nikon Df files
In reply to Horshack, Dec 4, 2013

Horshack wrote:

The following hack will modify the EXIF data to make Df files look like D4 files. This requires the exiftool utility, free for both Windows and Mac.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" <nef filename>

By default exiftool will save your original file to a file with the same name but with "_original" appended to it. If you don't want exiftool to save the original, add the -overwrite_original option to it. If you use this option be sure to save your original raw files prior to converting them to "D4" files.

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original myfile.NEF

Note that exiftool supports filename wildcards, so for example if you want to convert all the NEFs in a given directory:

exiftool.exe -model="NIKON D4" -overwrite_original *.NEF

You can automate the process by creating a desktop icon that you can drop your NEF files/folders into. For instructions see this post (use "D4" instead of "D5200").

A great tip Horshack.

by way of a postscript for those who own a Mac and don't want to hack about with Exiftool, there is an app called Exifchanger on the App Store that can do all of this through a "clickable" GUI (but underneath it all it uses Exiftool to accomplish the same task).

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In reply to Horshack, Dec 7, 2013

Thanks again for the Tip, Horshack, tho I did have to re/learn about the Mac Terminal and unix commands.

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Re: Hack to get PS/LR to read Nikon Df files
In reply to Horshack, 5 months ago

I previously used your excellent tip to convert the D7100 to D5200 in EXIF when that camera first came out.  Sadly, I just attempted this trick with the D810, trying to supplant it with both the D800 and D800E, and the results were terrible!  It does allow LR5.5 to open the files.  But the previews are extremely magenta, washed out, and cropped funny.  Any thoughts on fooling LR into opening the D810 files without converting to DNG?

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