Consistency is essential in the industry. Although we had our choice of film types to use, development of those types were performed with little variation. That, I think, helps the photographer to benchmark how to shoot a particular subject and what we can anticipate as a result. DNG would offer the same benchmark for all digital RAW imaging.
I think it is a great idea. I convert all of my Raw images to DNG. In the future I will have no problem going back to them, even if I change camera models.
Lets not start this beta vs vhs can of worms again. We need an archival friendly format and DNG seems to fit the bill. A generic format woid create a win/win result.
This would stop camera makers from charging any money for software, to open the HI resolution mode. When you pay over a $1000, you should be able to use all the cameras features with out paying more money.
I am always worried that RAW files made on older cameras will be obsolete as support for them ends.
Proprietary RAW is now one of the few remaining obstacles to bringing high quality digital "negatives" to the widest possible audience.
I have tried Canon's raw. The files it creates and the software they provide are very user-UNfriendly. I tried the add-on with Photoshop CS, and I was not impressed. What would be given up with the new DNG format? What I want is something as easy to use as a JPEG, that I can load into Photoshop and adjust there, not as I am loading the file onto the computer.
It flows well with Photoshop, and gives one seamless source file. The manufacturers want to make more cash by selling their converters.
I've been reading and listening a lot of opposites opinion, which is true?
A universal system is much needed, however I don't think it will happen due to marketing forces.
It should be a standard system. Can you imagine if each film manufactures film had to be processed in propietary developers (chemicals?
A universal raw file format is indeed a good idea and there need not be compromises in adopting it. Film afterall is processed in a common set of chemicals!
So far, what I have seen in the output of DNG files leads me to conclude that they are one letter short of the proper name: "dung", the resolution was terrible.