PDA

View Full Version : D70 - What Image Format to Use



Jim R
03-27-2005, 05:14 AM
What is the best format to record in, for a D70?

If you record in Nikon RAW, you can't get your photos printed at the photo shop (as their machines only recognise jpeg or tif. .... and if you are using jpeg, you might as well have a $200 point-and-shoot). Obviously, its best to record in RAW for image quality ... but is there an easy way to convert everything to tif? (and .... this may be a silly question ... but why doesn't the D70 record in tif in the first place, since this seems to be the ideal format ? Now that memory is so much cheaper, this would seem an obvious retro software upgrade).

dwig
03-27-2005, 06:50 AM
What is the best format to record in, for a D70?

If you record in Nikon RAW, you can't get your photos printed at the photo shop (as their machines only recognise jpeg or tif. .... and if you are using jpeg, you might as well have a $200 point-and-shoot). ...

Perhaps a bit extreme, it would require you to use the worst lens on the market to downgrade a D70's images, shot at the best JPEG option, to what a "$200 point-and-shoot" delivers, but somewhat valid that if you use a D70 you should generally try to use the best images modes.

The "best" images from a D70 will be obtained by shooting in NEF (RAW) and, when a TIFF or JPEG is needed, converting the NEF using a suitable software package on your desktop computer. The Picture Project that shipped with your D70 will do a very good jobs of converting. More powerful programs like Nikon Capture (an "add-in" for Picture Project) and Bibble (www.bibblelabs.com) can do more adjustments to the image during conversion yielding better results than making the adjustments after conversion. Demos are available for both Nikon Capture and Bibble.

dwig
03-27-2005, 06:52 AM
addenda:

I suggest that you check out the D70 review at:
http://www.steves-digicams.com
There is a good overview of Picture Project and Nikon Capture included in the review.

shevbo
03-28-2005, 02:22 PM
Get Raw Shooter Essentials, its free.

Edit all the raw pics in the software and make sure you convert it into Jpeg. Then don't touch those Jpegs and you will not lose quality.

D70 does not shoot in TIFF and have developed their own NEF files because they are more 'efficient'. They are lossless quality and take up less space than a TIFF.

erichlund
03-29-2005, 07:21 AM
...More powerful programs like Nikon Capture (an "add-in" for Picture Project) ...

Nikon Capture is an entirely separate program. It is not an "add-in". I use Nikon Capture rather than the NEF filter for Paint Shop Pro, because the menus used to edit a photo are applied exactly as they would be on the camera. It's a very handy learning tool.

Cheers,
Eric