Do you convert NEF to DNG?

Started May 22, 2012 | Discussions thread
Tom Marshall Senior Member • Posts: 1,694
Re: No reason to do so

Just a Photographer wrote:

I see no reason to convert my files to DNG as long as my NEF / RAW files are still being supported. Only when your RAWs are not supported for whatever reason it becomes time to change to convert them to another format.

Well, I can think of one really good one: your time and effort!

If you're using Nikon Capture to apply image adjustments before converting from NEF to TIF (or JPG, or whatever), how are you going to re-create all those adjustments if all of a sudden NEFs are no longer supported? This would be a daunting task for an entire image library.

If you were employing the use of DNGs, all your image adjustments would reside in each DNG (or as side-cars if you were processing your NEFs in lightroom or ACR).

Personally, I don't worry too much about NEFs not being supported - I keep all my NEFs, but use LR/ACR and the DNG format because I shoot with Nikon/Sony/Panasonic bodies and like the consistency of using one RAW conversion tool for all my images.

I used to use Nikon Capture, but like many, found it too buggy and quirky to deal with.

Tom (Marshall) Heim

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