Hi I was wonderinf if I could ask for your input...
I've just decided to start taking photos in RAW as I've been reading about the advantages. I took some shots just to see how my PC would cope and when I upload the photos from my Canon 450D (with the software provided) an error message came up saying I don't have enough memory.
I read somewhere that I could open them in Zoom Browser, save them as a different file (not jpeg) and then open them in PS to edit them.
Now the queestions (!):
1) I have a laptop that I can buy off a friend, very cheap (which has: 2GB of memory, Intel Pentium Dual Core Processor Type T# (1.73 GHz, 533 MHz FSB, 1 MB Cache) and 160 GB of storage). Would this be a good investment solely for using it for internet use and photo editing? Do you think I'd get the same error message as on my PC? If you are in any doubt why not install the Canon software on that machine and see how well it runs.
2) If I purchased my friends laptop (I want a laptop anyway..) could I use the Canon software that I installed on my PC or does it only allow you to install it once?
3) Opening RAW files in Zoom Browser, saving them as a different file type, and then editing them properly in PS; would this take away the point of taking RAW shots in the first place?
Sorry it's a long-winded topic! I'm not very good at keeping things brief!
My personal take (others may have a different view):
1) The machine is powerful enough. Whether it's a good investment depends on the price as new laptops can be had relatively cheaply these days.
2) I've got the Canon software running on three PCs here. No knocks on the door from FAST so far.
3) I prefer to use DPP rather than ZoomBrowser. It's got some useful features (check out the tutorials here
) including batch processing.