Do you REALLY need to convert to DNG? What do you think you are gaining. Okay, I only have a D40. But when I convert to DNG I don't save any file space. And, when using Lightroom, you don't have to worry about XMP files unless you intentionally want to create them. Working in the default mode, there are no XMP files, even with your original NEF files. DNG is supposed to be a universal raw format, but it is not universally compatible with all software programs. If you convert to DNG and then want to use them in any of the Nikon software, it won't be possible. So I'm still not convinced that DNG conversion is all that necessary, at least for me.
That's a fair question... although I disagree with your position about XMP files. The appeal to me about DNG is that the keywords are stored inside the raw file itself. I was a prior user of Photoshop Album, and that software helped me develop an aversion to having keywords stored separately from the file. NEF files don't do that.
But the jury is still out!
Thanks for the feedback.
Valid point. But I guess it is all a matter of your workflow. The DNG file or the original raw file (for me) is only going to be used in a limited number of programs. The key words will be included in my exported copies from Lightroom, and they will be the files that will be for more general use, so I don't see that to be a problem. But if that is important to you, then I understand your concern.
Thanks to you, jackfrombc, for for proofing my concerns about why indexing loads my CPU so much after I install some new soft, and DNG codec among it. Now I'm able to switch indexing back on on my combuters not being afraid of it eating laptops' batteries.
Thank you, again.
ps. sorry for poor english, in advance.