Thanks for your quick reply. The version is for Mac 9.1.0
How do I use drop box? Never used it before. The pics are too large to attach.
I figured out how to use drop box but I need an email to send it to you.
Ok, clicked the share button on dropbox and its given the photos a link so I guess thats all I need to do?
Share that link
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I converted your NEF file that you provided through this link : Dropbox - DNG and NEF comparison
I picked the NEF file that you send and converted that using DNG converted 9.1 : http://www.adobe.com/support/downloads/detail.jsp?ftpID=5918
Settings were this
I got the perfect results no change in color.
Here is the result that I am sharing : https://www.dropbox.com/sh/v1979spzez3g6eq/AADoeiKnAPlnD1JdKdBlvR_za?dl=0
How are you comparing the original NEF to the new DNG files? What software are you using?
The DNG should be exactly the same as the raw data in the NEF, with no changes. However, often when viewing a raw file, you are not actually looking at the raw contents. Instead, when a camera creates a raw file it renders the raw data into a JPEG file which is then embedded in the final NEF. This JPEG has been cooked with a series of color corrections, sharpening, and other beautifying applied. One thing that is likely happening is that you are seeing this embedded thumbnail when looking at the NEF but not the DNG.
Make sure you are using the same software to view both versions of the file. If you are, what software are you using?
Thank you Jitendra for your help. I appreciate it!
@Brett and Jitendra: This is what I was doing. I copied a NEF in Bridge, put it in a folder on my desktop, and then imported that folder into the DNG converter. The NEF which was converted had been given a camera profile in raw (portrait) and the what was happening was that when it was converted to a DNG, the camera profile was not saved in the DNG. When I opened the DNG in camera raw, it was automatically given an Adobe standard camera profile, and so the NEF and DNG looked totally different because they both had different camera profiles.
When I copied the NEF and XMP from my computer (not Bridge) and put that in a folder on my desk top, and then converted it, the DNG had the same camera profile as the NEF and both looked the same, so I think I was losing the XMP information by coping the NEF from Bridge and using that.
I use CS6 and the Adobe DNG converter.
Does that make sense why the two looked different? If you can find any other issues with my conversion, please let me know! Many thanks.
I believe the version of DNG converter that you are using might be different.
As I said that I used the above steps and as you can see that when I did there is no difference in DNG and NEF.
And as you said that putting the xmp file in the same folder made the difference.
Can you please try the same with other NEF files and check the results ?
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Yes, that makes perfect sense. The camera profiles determine how the raw information is interpreted and can result in drastically different looks for the files. Without the XMP, the file will just have default settings.
Thank you Brett for verifying that! I appreciate it.
I downloaded the latest version of Adobe's DNG converter for Mac, so I assume that is the correct one to use - let me know if there is another.
Thanks for confirming to bring along the XMP file with the raw - will make sure I do that in the future.
I will continue doing some more tests and let you know if there are any more problems.