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

OpenRAW has one thing absolutely right. We need good documentation of raw formats and camera characteristics.

OpenRAW has one thing absolutely wrong. That isn't sufficient. We have a proliferation of undocumented raw file formats. Both "proliferation" and "undocumented" have to be solved.

I believe that OpenRAW see DNG as a distraction or diversion from their primary objective, which is to obtain open documentation. They probably think it will make that less important. I also believe they think, without evidence to support their assertion, that simply documenting raw file formats will cause raw converters to support those cameras.

In that case, there is no doubt at all that they are wrong. The evidence says so. When Leica used an openly-documented raw file format (which happened to be DNG) for the DMR digital back for the R8 and R9 cameras, there was no rush to support those cameras. They had to take their turn along with all other cameras. Even among supposed OpenRAW supporters like Bibble.

If OpenRAW succeeds, the consequence will be that companies will develop better DNG Converters, exploiting the extra information. If OpenRAW fails, DNG is the only way ahead. OpenRAW need to see that DNG is an inevitable part of the answer to their problems, and what they need to do is cooperate with it. The aim of OpenRAW should be to help achieve the best quality DNG Converters possible, and to encourage the maximum number of companies to support DNG.



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