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Old Aug 29, 2008, 7:22 PM   #1
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Hello All...

I'm buying a D300 Nikon (new to Nikon). I brief look at my PS CS2 leads me to believe I can use it to work with the D300 RAW pics. Yet someone told me that Nikon uses a NEF file? for RAW and I have to buy their NX2 software to convert it so I can download it into PS CS2 to work it, make any sence?

What do I need to work with RAW in PS CS2? I've also been told I have to have CS3, that CS 2 will not process RAW.

I cruised Adobe's web site and really can't find the answers......Help..
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Old Aug 29, 2008, 8:18 PM   #2
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Unfortunately, Adobe has a habit of requiring you to upgrade to a newer version to get support from raw files from the newest camera models.

The Nikon D300 wasn't added to the Adobe Camera Raw plugin until version 4.3.1 (the latest is now 4.5).

Camera Raw 4.x versions require CS3.

The last version of Camera Raw released for Photoshop CS2 was version 3.7 (which does not support your camera model).

If you want to use Adobe Camera Raw (the plugin in CS2 for raw conversion), there is a work around using Adobe's free DNG converter. You'd need to convert the .nef files to .dng format first using the converter. Then, you could convert the .dng files using Camera Raw under CS2. IOW, it would be a two step conversion process.

Here is where you can download the latest version of the DNG converter (just get the latest one). But, make sure you don't replace the Camera Raw .8bi plugin in your Photoshop plugin folder (or it won't work). You'll need to stick with one of the 3.x version of Camera Raw with CS2.


You could also look into a third party raw conversion solution. For example, Bibble Pro from http://www.bibblelabs.com

It's a very fast converter and it's cross platform (Linux, Mac, Windows).

Bibble also offers a plugin that can work with Photoshop with the Pro version (or, you could use it as a stand alone converter).

There are many other solutions available now, too. One free converter you may want to look at is Raw Therapee (stand alone only, no plugin available for Photoshop).


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Old Aug 29, 2008, 8:31 PM   #3
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Thanks Jim, I appreciate that information...
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Thanks for the link, appreciated....
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