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| p.1 #5 · Is LR4 a good RAW converter for Nikon? |
There is actually a loss of metadata when converting to DNG. The conversion strips Nikon-proprietary metadata.
Information like flash-mode, flash model number, active permament exposure compensation, focus mode, whether you had VR active or not, long exposure NR mode are not preserved. Once you convert to DNG you can't access that data any more.
ViewNX2/Capture NX2 (reference Nikon RAW converters) can't open DNG files so you are giving up an option to convert your RAWs in reference tool if needed.
Furthermore, if you contribute to photo contests, there is often a rule that you should be able to provide the file as captured by the camera. DNG files are not permited unless native format of the camera (Wildlife Photographer of the year official rules)
These are strong arguments against DNG. I think the format targets the potential problem that does not really exist while creating more problems. That's I always never giveup my RAWs.
Edited on Apr 19, 2013 at 11:56 AM · View previous versions