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Should I DNG?

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My camera shoots RW2, and I'm wondering if I should convert to DNG or not. I haven't so far, assuming any conversion has some kind of loss to it, but stumbled upon an article recommending converting from proprietary camera raw to dng systematically.

What are your thoughts on this, kind forum folks?
 
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Agree with Johan's comment...
Distilled down the suggestion is that there is no short-term imperative.
It may be a long-term option (perhaps one should wait to see if and when the DNG format receives ISO standardisation) but there is no rush...
 

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Search. I converted but not because of future conversion issues.
But because of the bit rot protection the hash offers.

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I have read you can lose metadata for camera and lens but I don't know much about it. I only used it a bit when I had CS6 (LR6 still opened RAW files) and I only remember not liking the process of converting. I found it a pain.

DNG Pros, Cons and Myths | Adobe Blog
 
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I've been converting to DNGs since Adobe offered it, and have never lost metadata, in fact DNGs are specifically designed to help insure the safety of metadata and to allow far more information to be included in the file than other, proprietary formats. I've found the format to be solid as a rock. No less, it is open-source, meaning that Adobe does not really control it, but has let the code live in the "wild", whereas when the occasional camera company goes out of business, and their file formats go with them, this will never be a concern to me. These are among the reasons that Hasselblad and Leica produce DNGs as their native RAW file.
 
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