Saturday, September 4, 2010

I need some help

I was recently just on a trip with a friend. We used his Nikon D300s for video and stills. I tried to download all the files and convert to DNG but it would not convert nor even read the .NEF files that come form Nikons. I have CS3 and tried to find all of the current updates but still cannot get Photoshop or CameraRAW to read the files. If anyone know how to fix this situation please let me know. thanks


Cam said...

I can give you CS4 that might fix it

Bayard said...

Support for the D300s was added with the camera raw 5.5 update, which "is not compatible with versions of Photoshop earlier than Photoshop CS4".

You have three options:

* Get Photoshop CS4 or CS5
* Get Lightroom 2 or 3
* Start using the DNG converter to batch your Nikon .NEF files to DNG (it's a free, standalone app that doesn't require anything else).
>> This last option is definitely not as good as using Bridge to import your images.

It's unfortunate that raw shooters must find out what version of Photoshop or Lightroom is required for the new camera models.
If all the camera manufacturers would just migrate to DNG, then they couldn't pull this planned obsolescence on us!

This is also helpful: list of all the Camera Raw updates.

Bayard said...

Also, regardless of what ends up working out for you, I would strongly recommend making DNG conversion part of your workflow.

The easiest and most efficient way to do this is to convert to DNG when importing your images.

Ian Cavanaugh said...

Thanks, I usually do convert to DNG but was unable to do to the new camera. I guess i just have to step my CS version.