Everyone can shoot RAW now...

Started Mar 9, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Everyone can shoot RAW now...

In the last few months there have been a series on innovations which makes large RAW files much easier to use than they were once.

i. Lightroom 4 is out, and is now only $149

ii. 32Gb UHS-1 cards with 90 MB/s read and 80 MB/s are available for around $100

iii. USB 3.0 is now on most new motherboards and can be added to existing computers using a sub $20 pci-express expansion card, and a usb 3.0 card reader is $20

iv. 2TB internal HDD's cost around 100 bucks

Anyone with a PC can update to get all this for around $400, much less if a smaller card is used and disk space exists already.

If large raw files can be transferred and managed in the same time as jpegs were a year ago, what reason is there not to shoot raw and get all the benefits that come with it? With LR4 managing raw shots feels and looks just the same as managing jpegs, it's just you have a lot more leeway in WB, DR, noise and sharpening.

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