Folks, last night I made a big mistake ... showed up at a church to shoot a confirmation ceremony. Shortly before the start I realised I'd left my card reader for my laptop and one of my CF cards at home. DOH!
Dilemna - shooting RAW, I only had cards for 120 shots (and 36 families to cover). Do I delay the cermony by 30 minutes, dash home and get the missing kit, or shoot jpg?
Well, not wanting to look "unprofessional" I decided to carry on as if there was no problem and shoot jpg (as it turned out, I shot 250 frames).
This was the first time I'd really used jpg to any extent, so I was a bit worried. The good news for me is the shots are fine, however, comparing them to RAW shots in similar situations (mixed lighting, flash, ISO 100) there is no doubt that the .jpgs show more noise than processed RAW files, particuarly in shadows and detail areas like hair. Nothing to be alarmed about, but it certainly proved to me that there is a qualitative advantage in shooting RAW.