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Adobe DNG Converter

Adobe DNG Converter is a handy standalone application that converts camera vendors’ proprietary raw images to Adobe’s new DNG format. It’s entirely up to you whether or not you choose to use it—Camera Raw, Bridge, and Photoshop are equally happy with proprietary raw files or DNGs—but the following discussion may help you decide. My personal bias is that the advantages of DNG outweigh any disadvantages, and using DNG sends camera vendors an important message about the future of digital photography, but it is a bias. The choice is really up to you.

To DNG or Not to DNG

Adobe developed the DNG format in response to a very real concern over the longevity of digital raw captures. One of the major problems with camera vendors’ proprietary raw formats is that they’re undocumented—only the camera vendor knows for sure what they contain. I bear no ill will to any camera vendor, and I hope that they’ll all be around for decades to come, stimulating competition and innovation, but it’s not beyond the bounds of possibility that one of today’s vendors may not be around five, ten, or fifty years hence. The question then becomes, what happens to all the images locked up in a defunct vendor’s proprietary raw format?


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