Anyone finding the huge raw files a pain on the 800?

Started Jun 19, 2014 | Discussions thread
turbsy
turbsy Contributing Member • Posts: 905
Re: YES

ranalli wrote:

PhotoKaz wrote:

ranalli wrote:

PhotoKaz wrote:

ranalli wrote:

Bruce Granofsky wrote:

Craig wrote:

I shoot weddings and have a d700 and D3s and I convert the files to DNG since I take way over 1000 shots for most weddings.

I can't imagine dealing with files that are 7,8 times each larger than my 12 MP cameras.

The new 810 may be temping for me to finally say good by to my D700 if the features on it are to my liking.

Or I was thinking about a good used D4

Even though I've got the souped up Mac and hard drives, they do tend to get unruly when working with layers in PhotoShop.

The D4's and DF are a good alternative to shooting with smaller files and you get the bonus of higher ISO.

I use my D800 sparingly for special events. (Sunsets, Mountains views etc)

Bruce

If you're doing a proper retouch in Photoshop you're looking at 20-30 layers without even batting an eye.

The resulting file size and strain on the PC memory is quite massive so I can certainly understand the complaint about D800 file size. I've had D700 files grow to 2-4GB in size once you start compositing things on top of the retouch.

"If you're doing a proper retouch in Photoshop you're looking at 20-30 layers"

Nice blanket statement. I suppose your workflow is the only one that is "proper"? I don't have 30 layers, seem to do just fine with my D800 files in LR and PS.

A bit blanket I agree but it's true. Generally if one comes across pros doing retouches for high-end clients in makeup, modeling, fashion, etc 20-30 layers is nothing to sneeze at.

All in all that blows up file sizes considerably as well as memory consumed. I think LR can get people far on the landscape stuff without having to do a ton of heavy lifting in PS so your mileage may vary.

The point is though, that when someone says "oh 36MP is not a problem at all for me" and they don't include the context that they're only editing in LR or using only a few PS layers that's not an accurate representation of the problem as there are others where that would become prohibitive to their work unless they put a MAJOR MAJOR upgrade on their PC gear.

You seem to think that the only people buying D800 cameras are "pros" doing work for "high-end clients". I would say that is the MINORITY of D800 owners, so again your blanket statement may be true for a small subset of owners but in general is useless.

No, I don't think that at all. But if you want to keep believing that 36 Mp doesn't have the potential for negative workflow impact then go right ahead. I couldn't care less.

How could you use 12mp after using 6mp for so long?  Did you need to go out a buy a new computer and all those new  HDD?

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