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Import Copy or Copy as DNG

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When importing an image to Lightroom, should I select Copy or Copy as DNG ? Your thoughts please. Thank you.
 

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When importing an image to Lightroom, should I select Copy or Copy as DNG ? Your thoughts please. Thank you.
Just search on DNG. It has been discussed many times.

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Unless you specifically want or need a DNG file, just use Copy. You can learn more about DNG and then decide if you want to convert your files, but it is not necessary unless you are using a version of LR that does not support your camera and need to use the Adobe DNG converter so LR can work with your file.

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Unless you specifically want or need a DNG file, just use Copy. You can learn more about DNG and then decide if you want to convert your files, but it is not necessary unless you are using a version of LR that does not support your camera and need to use the Adobe DNG converter so LR can work with your file.

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And there are also good reasons to NOT use DNG, in preference to your camera's native RAW file. As Tim said in post #2, this issue has been discussed in many threads.

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And there are also good reasons to NOT use DNG, in preference to your camera's native RAW file. As Tim said in post #2, this issue has been discussed in many threads.

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There are pros and cons on each side of this discussion and I tried to remain neutral and factual in my answer. Unless the OP needs to do so for compatibility right now, they can read up at their leisure and decide if DNG is for them or not. There is plenty of reading material in the forum alone.

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There are pros and cons on each side of this discussion and I tried to remain neutral and factual in my answer. Unless the OP needs to do so for compatibility right now, they can read up at their leisure and decide if DNG is for them or not. There is plenty of reading material in the forum alone.

--Ken
What he said.

Just one more point. You can always convert your RAW files to DNG at some later point. However, the general consensus is that this process is not reversible unless you embed a full copy of the RAW file inside the DNG. Doing so will essentially double the storage space needed for that file.

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Thank you everyone. I’ve been using the search engine here. I found a couple of posts that explain the pros cons of both positions. Trying to find more info. Any hints as to key words I can use with the search engine...?
 

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What he said.

Just one more point. You can always convert your RAW files to DNG at some later point. However, the general consensus is that this process is not reversible unless you embed a full copy of the RAW file inside the DNG. Doing so will essentially double the storage space needed for that file.

Phil Burton
This is correct. And it is one reason why I keep the original raw file as well as the DNG.

--Ken
 

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PhilBurton said:
What he said.

Just one more point. You can always convert your RAW files to DNG at some later point. However, the general consensus is that this process is not reversible unless you embed a full copy of the RAW file inside the DNG. Doing so will essentially double the storage space needed for that file.

Phil Burton
This is correct. And it is one reason why I keep the original raw file as well as the DNG.

--Ken
Now that we exchange arguments afterall; don't forget the Validation option that DNG provides with Lightroom. It allows you to guard the integrity of your photo files (unattended) and in my opinion it add's the most value to this file format. Peter Krogh can explain much better (in English) than me: DNG Validation | dpBestflow

If you can read dutch of want to read it using a translationservice, last year i wrote this blog about the subject and the (contra)arguments: Digitaalfotobeheer: Zijn mijn argumenten voor het DNG-formaat ‘FUD’?
 
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It seems that despite all the remarks about finding enough discussion elsewhere, some people cannot resist starting it all over again...

Tim
 
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