NEF, Coolscan NEF, TIFF

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by cl516, May 7, 2008.

  1. cl516 macrumors newbie

    May 7, 2008
    disclaimer: new to digital photo stuff

    I just found out from searching online,
    that Nikon camera NEF files are different than Nikon coolscan scanner NEF

    When using the Nikon Coolscan, it seems one should save image as TIFF if they want to use it in another program.

    Does the specific Nikon Coolscan NEF format offer an advantage over TIFF? In image quality? Ability to be manipulated?

    please help
  2. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    The Coolscan NEF files are cruelest joke that Nikon has ever pulled. All they are are tiffs, that offer no image quality advantage, and the only reason why they are "RAW" is because they can't be opened with any other program (yes, I know they give you a PS plug in on the disks, but like I said, it's crap).

    One thing that you will invariably experience using the Nikon software is a barrage of crashes. That is normal... for the software. When you finally get tired of it, get online and buy yourself VueScan- it is that much better, and gives you better "raw" files (while not true Raws, you have separate RGB image from the IR (ICE), so you can subtract them to your liking).

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