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Unread postby Dr. Harout » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:50 pm

This could be a noob question for "connoisseurs", but I really would like to know and learn whether it's better to archive RAW files in their original format or convert them to DNG and then archiving them? :?: :?:
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Re: Archiving

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Fri Jun 22, 2012 7:51 pm

And please, do enlighten me of the benefits and losses.
Does it change anything in the EXIF or GPS data, etc.?
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Re: Archiving

Unread postby pakodominguez » Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:17 am

why do you want to convert your RAW to DNG? just keep the sidecar (and don't forget to update it every time you upgrade your PS/LR software, and also replace the ones in your backup).

DNG is an interesting way to send files to some one else (a graphic designer, a newspaper...) with all the corrections on it, so your interface only needs to export at their working color space.

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Re: Archiving

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:59 am

OK, thank you Pako.
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Re: Archiving

Unread postby Dusty » Mon Jun 25, 2012 5:44 pm

My thinking is that you always want the original. Who knows that if 5 years down the road someone will be able to come up with a new algorithm that can extract a better final result out of the RAWS (look at LR4 vs 2/3)? It would be a shame if it didn't work as well on DNGs, wouldn't it? Also, you can always export to DNGs later.

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Re: Archiving

Unread postby Dr. Harout » Mon Jun 25, 2012 10:09 pm

You're absolutely right, Dusty. I'm totally convinced now. Thanks.
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