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I have been thinking of converting all my RAW files to DNG. I own a couple of Canon and Sony cameras and a drone, all with their own RAW format. I am aware that file formats can go out of fashion, but its not a serious concern, its more to do with consistency.

I understand that there are options when converting to DNG, which I do not understand yet, so am wondering if anyone already converts to DNG format and what their thoughts or comments are.

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I’ve thought about it, but never actually placed the convert option into my importing procedure.  I have raw files 20 years old and have never had an issue and Photoshop Creative Cloud seems to make any issues less likely.

It’s one of those things perhaps that is a great idea, but no one seems to have bought into it to the level Adobe thought they would. As far as I am aware there is no down sides to it.

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Yes I thought at one stage Adobe were slow to update ACR when new cameras came out and suggesting users convert to DNG, in the hope it would take off. I think the latest software, I can't remember if it is Luminar or ON1 that can open any RAW file without developing specialist software with help from the camera manufacturer. This means you can read any RAW file from New, present or future cameras. 

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A few years ago I started to convert my raw files to dng files and also write them to cd disks. I got a little paranoid after I read the info from the Photography Institute, they suggested the safest way to store files now and for future use would be dng format, I don’t know why to this day also any printing to save as Tiff files. This became to time consuming. Now I keep all CRaw files on external drives. For printing I convert to jpg 300dpi.

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You can set the import via Bridge to Dng and it seems to remember the setting, so it’s easy to set up and have the dng option for the future. There doesn’t seem to be a downside, so you could ask why not?

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Thanks everyone for your comments. I now think that there are arguments for both, with none of them highlighting any significant issues.

 

I think that with good file management organisation and a robust file naming convention, it does not really matter if they are RAW or DNG, so will stick to RAW

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