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Old Nov 16, 2004, 12:46 AM   #1
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Mainly bc of the superior post processing available in PS CS (and also the new Photoshop Elements 3) for the raw format I'm asking the group for their input on conversion of the TIFF format (which is supported by the FZ20) to raw which is not:

(1) Is it possible and (2) if so, which prog is the fastest/cheapest

Thanks for any help!

BTW dpreview review of Elements 3 is up.
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Old Nov 16, 2004, 1:17 AM   #2
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Here's a worthwhile link about the raw, tiff, and jpg formats: http://www.kenrockwell.com/tech/raw.htm
You might not agree but it's a fun read. Raw files, the uncompressed, unprocessed, and unaltered image data captured by the camera is converted to tiff or jpg but it's a one-way street. Once this "raw" data is processed into its final image format there is no way (at least that I know of...) to reverse it. Additionally, there is no standard "raw" format. Each camera's raw image data is proprietary. Here's another good link about raw:
http://photography.about.com/library.../aa061603b.htm

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Old Nov 16, 2004, 1:46 AM   #3
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Bummer! (The 1-way street)

Thanks for the info anyway - will check out your links.
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Old Nov 19, 2004, 9:46 PM   #4
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What is the advantage to RAW?
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Old Nov 19, 2004, 10:06 PM   #5
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What is the advantage to RAW?
Personally? I think very little on the consumer end. The processors are so sophisticated now that they handle the heavy lifting associated with image processing just fine - better than most intermediate-level photo-editing users could, in a fraction of a second as opposed to minutes/hours to get similar results in, say, PS or the manufacturer's proprietary editing software. It's one of those marketing things that justify tacking more $$$ on to the cost of so-called high-end digitals.
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Old Nov 19, 2004, 10:30 PM   #6
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Thanks Nick.... But what I really want to know...

Is it edible?

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Old Nov 20, 2004, 6:44 AM   #7
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Surely RAW is specific to a camera.

So what would be the point of converting an FZ TIFF file to another camera's RAW?

Moreover, I can't see the point in back converting a processed image like TIFF to RAW as there's no way you can actually get the proper RAW from the TIFF - only a guess.
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bobc wrote:
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But what I really want to know...

Is it edible?

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See? Ya lobbed me a softball, and I swoooooshed it. Musta been tired.
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Bob

you may find these interesting

http://www.dpreview.com/learn/?/Glos...ing/RAW_01.htm



http://www.shutterbug.net/features/0904sb_rawfile/
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