Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2006/11/04

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Subject: [Leica] Re: World standards
From: lrzeitlin at (Lawrence Zeitlin)
Date: Sat Nov 4 11:00:33 2006
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On Nov 4, 2006, at 6:19 AM, Ted wrote:

> I suppose each company is trying to grab the high ground, therefore  
> forcing
> everyone to conform to their software or whatever, instead of all the
> companies getting together and stop being greedy and accept a world  
> standard
> of parameters everyone can live with.


Certainly every company is trying to bury its competition - but there  
are world standards in digital photography.
JPEG is one, as is TIFF, JPEG 2, MPEG, etc. Just about every digital  
camera will record in JPEG and all software programs will read it.  
RAW is simply the direct feed from the camera's sensor before it is  
converted to JPEG or whatever. Since each manufacturer's camera line  
has a unique set of components, RAW files come in many flavors.

As far as files being impossible to read because one or another  
software maker has been swallowed up, the original program that you  
bought has not been recalled or made inoperative. You just won't get  
manufacturer's support any more. I have many pieces of equipment  
which are still functional long after the manufacturer has gone out  
of business. Examples: my Konica-Minolta 5400 scanner, Weston meter,  
Speed Graphic, etc.

Finally, modern computer jargon is no more confusing than all that  
stuff about film types, color compensation filters, developer  
dilutions, color processing solution schedules, lens focal lengths,  
shutter speeds etc. that you learned and repressed half a century  
ago. It's just a different language.

You can teach an old dog new tricks.

Larry Z

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