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Subject: OpenRAW article: "DNG is not the answer"!



OpenRAW has pushed its typical antipathy towards DNG to a new level!



They are giving prominence to a long article "DNG is not the answer", from their mailing list. Some extracts:

"Let me first make one thing clear: DNG is not an open standard for defining and storing all needed RAW camera information.
DNG makes the RAW format problem worse, not better.
DNG is not an open standard in that it does not document all the essential information contained in current RAW format files like NEF and CR2 (which also don't document this information).
In many ways, DNG can be viewed as simply yet another RAW format with undocumented information - except that DNG has the added risk that information can be lost during conversion to/from DNG and other RAW formats.
From a software developer point of view, DNG is a step backwards. From a camera manufacture's perspective, DNG does not address the missing elements in EXIF.
From a photographers perspective, DNG is dangerous because people believe they are storing for the future with the format, when nothing could be further from the truth".
(And so on).

I've been a (somewhat critical) supporter of OpenRAW since it was launched. I think DNG and OpenRAW can complement one-another. Better documentation of raw file formats will lead to better DNG converters and then more confidence in DNG. I've published my views at:


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