Jakbar From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 442 posts, RR: 27 Posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4490 times:
Having recently upgraded to this amazing camera and taken some initial pictures, I was surprised to find that Photoshop CS would not recognize the D200's Nikon NEF file (it works fine for my D100 NEF files). At first when I tried to open a D200 NEF file in CS it said something like "disk error". I downloaded the most up to date version of the Adobe Camera Raw file for CS, and made sure to disable to the Nikon-equivalent plugins for CS (which can sometimes cause the ACR to only appear as a very limited tool in CS instead of appearing in its full glory), but then I got a different message essentially telling me that the NEF file was the "wrong" file type. After much research on the internet, including on Adobe's website, I have concluded that the only way to edit a D200 NEF file in Photoshop is to upgrade to CS2, which includes the newest version of Adobe Camera Raw that supports the D200. Can anyone who is shooting with a D200 confirm or otherwise comment upon my situation?
On a related note, I also found that the version of Nikon View that I was using in connection with my D100 to transfer files from memory cards to the computer, and to view those photos graphically in a directory format on the computer, appears to not recognize the D200 NEF files either. The image transfer crashed every time when I tried to transfer the D200 NEF files to the computer. Is there an equivalent new program that works the same as my version of Nikon View and would be compatible with the D200 NEF files? I don't really care for the Nikon Picture Perfect program that came with my D200, and would prefer not to have to use it.
ThierryD From Luxembourg, joined Dec 2005, 2021 posts, RR: 52 Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 4485 times:
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You'll have to get the newest version of Nikon View from the Nikon website; be aware that you'll have to create a user account first. It's all free though.
After installation it works exactly as the older version; open NEF files with NV and save them to a Photoshop recognizable format (TIFF or JPEG).
Diezel From Netherlands, joined Oct 2002, 646 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4378 times:
I use Nikon Capture (paid $99) to what I call "pre-edit" the pictures and judge them on sharpness, color and white balance and do some RAW adjustments. Then I just right click an say "Edit in Photoshop" and it automagically converts the picture to TIFF and it opens in CS2. Never downloaded anything.
Jwenting From Netherlands, joined Apr 2001, 10213 posts, RR: 21 Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 4342 times:
To get back to the real question: out of the box only CS2 of all Adobe products will yet recognise D200 NEF.
But you can patch many other PS versions to do so by upgrading Adobe Camera Raw to version 3.3 or newer (which you can download from Adobe).
Or you can use the software that came with the camera or one of the 3rd party RAW converters to do the conversion.
Quoting GAWZU (Reply 5): I have a D70 and use Jasc (now Corel) Paint Shop Pro v9 to open and edit all my NEFs. It handles them no problem at all.
D70 NEF is different from D200 NEF.
Quoting Mikephotos (Reply 2): you'll need the latest version of ACR which only works with CS2.
wrong. supposed to also work with other versions. I know for a fact it works with Elements 4 for example as that's what I use, and Elements 4 is based on CS (1).
Mikephotos From United States of America, joined Oct 2000, 2923 posts, RR: 56 Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 4317 times:
Quoting Jwenting (Reply 6): wrong. supposed to also work with other versions. I know for a fact it works with Elements 4 for example as that's what I use, and Elements 4 is based on CS (1).
I was only referring to Photoshop, not Elements or the likes. I wasn't aware that you could easily patch older versions of PS to work with the new ACR which handles D200 NEFs, so I upgraded. I know I tried to use the new ACR with my old PS versions and couldn't get it to work back when I first got the D200, maybe they've "fixed" that nowadays.