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05-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #1
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K-5IIs TIFF

I've noticed that the Nikon D800e can shoot in either TIFF, RAW or JPEG. Is the K-5 IIs RAW only and must be converted later? I'm looking for a backup camera for my 6x7.

05-17-2013, 06:35 PM   #2
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I use a K5IIs - and I find it to be an excellent camera as a backup to using medium format film. TIFF is an uncompressed format that takes a great deal of time for the camera to write to the memory card, no to mention the fact that it chews up a ton of capacity.
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Maybe elaborate more on what you're looking for. That TIFF on the D800/E is only an 24 bit TIFF and though a better editing file than a JPEG it still is not as good as a RAW or 48 bit TIFF when it comes to highlight recovery or pulling up the low values. Naturally that D800E is going to give you larger 300 dpi prints than that K5IIs so if you're into that, the choice should be clear.


EDIT: That 24 bit TIFF is in an sRGB color space. And 48bit TIFF in the ProPhoto RGB color space is the more editing flexible.

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QuoteOriginally posted by desertscape Quote
I've noticed that the Nikon D800e can shoot in either TIFF, RAW or JPEG. Is the K-5 IIs RAW only and must be converted later? I'm looking for a backup camera for my 6x7.
Yes, RAW (DNG or PEF) and/or JPEG only. I'm not sure why you want TIFF.

Pentax shoots in native-Adobe format RAW (DNG) so there's not much benefit to TIFF.

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Tuco, most of my customers want TIFF files, so I was interested in a camera that could shoot to that storage type without having to modify later. Sounds like there are some disadvantages to doing that however.
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QuoteOriginally posted by desertscape Quote
Tuco, most of my customers want TIFF files, so I was interested in a camera that could shoot to that storage type without having to modify later. Sounds like there are some disadvantages to doing that however.
Do you mean handing over an out of camera TIFF or one you've processed? If you want to give them a edited TIFF, then you are better off editing the RAW with either camera and export out a TIFF file.
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when clients request Tiff files I always generate them them from RAW files - that way you still have the flexibility of applying WB adjustments, optical corrections, sharpening and applying colour profiles. Camera generated Tiff files have "baked in" sharpening WB and adding optical corrections only adds to the processing time of each image in camera. In all my years of using the Pentax 645D, Leaf, Phase one Medium format digital backs commercially I have only three clients who I give Tiff files or jpegs* - the rest ask for Raw images.


*and in any case I always develop them through Lightroom or Phocus/C1

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You can just shoot RAW and then batch-process in-camera to TIFF. You select RAW processing>multiple images>select>w/ modified settings>change JPEG to TIFF.

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Thanks everyone. I don't think my customers know quite yet what type of files are best for publishing but I can't argue with that. I just have to give them what they want. A RAW to TIFF conversion won't bother them but editing the composition beyond that, they warn against. I had no idea I could shoot in RAW and convert it in-camera to TIFF with the K-5IIs. I know little about digital after shooting 6x7 for 25 years.
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A RAW to TIFF conversion won't bother them
Well, in-camera conversion is just like shooting in TIFF, just that you're doing the RAW-TIFF conversion "manually" instead of the camera doing it automatically for every shot.
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I don't think my customers know quite yet what type of files are best for publishing but I can't argue with that. I just have to give them what they want.
yep, give them what they want - if you give them the files and they complain later, just suggest to them that for publishing in magazines Jpeg files are perfectly acceptable.
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