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    Posted: 02 Jul 2016 at 9:49am
Should I convert RAW files to DNG when importing photos into Adobe Lightroom? Can you please let me know the difference between the two?
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Hi Jannatul,

I personally dont convert my raw files to DNG, I dont save them except as the original camera raw files on my computer.

A DNG file is basically Adobe's version of a raw file that can be transferred between different software.

Disadvantages of a camera raw file is that when purchasing a new camera, the raw file engine for Adobe products may not have been released at time of purchase and to use the newer camera raw file might need to be converted before your software would allow you to porcess it.

However, if your software already knows what your camera raw file is, then converting to a dng file has no real advantages.

Also some processing software does not recognize the Adobe dng file type.

So what is the answer?
If your software knows your camera raw file type, dont bother converting to a dng file, its just an extra step in your workflow that is not necessary, and a dng file is a writable and is editable file saving any changes that you make, unlike a raw file that cant be edited and save the changes in the raw file.

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Thank you so much Craig for giving some clear idea on the whole idea. So its ok to not to convert the RAW files to DNG.
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Originally posted by jannatul18

Thank you so much Craig for giving some clear idea on the whole idea. So its ok to not to convert the RAW files to DNG.


there's simply just no need to
lightroom will handle RAW files from most cameras ... all the major camera manufacturers anyway

My Canon cameras all produce xxx.CR2 RAW files and 99% of all processing I do in LR or PS and just about any other processing program I use, including my astronomy imaging all use the original .CR2 files

That other 1% is the .jpg files that get used for quick uploads to facebook etc where there was no real need to processing before saving a ,jpg copy


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Here all the info from Adobe: Pros cons and myths.
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/12/dng-pros-cons-and-myths.html


Edited by JT - 25 Jul 2016 at 7:37am
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Originally posted by davenn

Originally posted by jannatul18

Thank you so much Craig for giving some clear idea on the whole idea. So its ok to not to convert the RAW files to DNG.


there's simply just no need to
lightroom will handle RAW files from most cameras ... all the major camera manufacturers anyway

My Canon cameras all produce xxx.CR2 RAW files and 99% of all processing I do in LR or PS and just about any other processing program I use, including my astronomy imaging all use the original .CR2 files

That other 1% is the .jpg files that get used for quick uploads to facebook etc where there was no real need to processing before saving a ,jpg copy


Dave

Okay thank you I got it, cheers :)
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Originally posted by JT

Here all the info from Adobe: Pros cons and myths.
http://blogs.adobe.com/photoshop/2015/12/dng-pros-cons-and-myths.html

Thanks for the link, will check it out.
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