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Milojnj New Member • Posts: 9

Unable to open RAW file from Z50

Nov 13, 2019

Hi,

Just got myself a Z50. I do not know why, but I was not able to view the RAW file after downloading to my iMac.

I was able to view the photos in ViewNX-i but not in Capture 1 ver12.0 or even using the Previewer from the MAC OS.

Is the NEF file of Z50 any different from any of the earlier NEF file?

Kindly advise.

Thanks

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Milojnj wrote:

Hi,

Just got myself a Z50. I do not know why, but I was not able to view the RAW file after downloading to my iMac.

I was able to view the photos in ViewNX-i but not in Capture 1 ver12.0 or even using the Previewer from the MAC OS.

Is the NEF file of Z50 any different from any of the earlier NEF file?

It's a new camera and the Nef file format for it isn't supported yet by the MAC OS and some other software. Updates will come soon

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ZapperVT Senior Member • Posts: 2,250

Re: Unable to open RAW file from Z50

In reply to Milojnj Nov 13, 2019

Milojnj wrote:

Is the NEF file of Z50 any different from any of the earlier NEF file?

Yes, one of the frustrations with NEF (and raw files from other manufacturers) is that the files are specific to a specific camera (or maybe a few closely related cameras). There is usually some delay between the release of a new camera and support in Lightroom or Capture One. Adobe says there is preliminary Z50 support in ACR - I haven't tried it yet. The best NEF option right now is probably the latest version of Capture NX-D. I always like to see how Nikon thinks its raw files should be rendered first.

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Kjell Olsson Regular Member • Posts: 429

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In reply to Milojnj Nov 13, 2019

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Milojnj wrote:

I was able to view the photos in ViewNX-i but not in Capture 1 ver12.0 or even using the Previewer from the MAC OS.

Correct - Mac OS doesn´t yet support Z50 RAW-files, but Lightroom Classic 9 does....... very well actually!

If you just want to view your Z50 RAW-files on your MAC, use the excellent ApolloOne app - you can get it from Mac appstore. In my opinion the best image viewer for Mac.

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OP Milojnj New Member • Posts: 9

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In reply to ZapperVT Nov 13, 2019

ZapperVT wrote:

Milojnj wrote:

Is the NEF file of Z50 any different from any of the earlier NEF file?

Yes, one of the frustrations with NEF (and raw files from other manufacturers) is that the files are specific to a specific camera (or maybe a few closely related cameras). There is usually some delay between the release of a new camera and support in Lightroom or Capture One. Adobe says there is preliminary Z50 support in ACR - I haven't tried it yet. The best NEF option right now is probably the latest version of Capture NX-D. I always like to see how Nikon thinks its raw files should be rendered first.

Thank you for the tip. I wasn't expecting this to happen as I have always assume that all NEF is compatible and not model specific, but now I know...((-:

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OP Milojnj New Member • Posts: 9

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In reply to Kjell Olsson Nov 13, 2019

Kjell Olsson wrote:

Milojnj wrote:

I was able to view the photos in ViewNX-i but not in Capture 1 ver12.0 or even using the Previewer from the MAC OS.

Correct - Mac OS doesn´t yet support Z50 RAW-files, but Lightroom Classic 9 does....... very well actually!

If you just want to view your Z50 RAW-files on your MAC, use the excellent ApolloOne app - you can get it from Mac appstore. In my opinion the best image viewer for Mac.

Thank you for the tip

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Mako2011 wrote:

Milojnj wrote:

Hi,

Just got myself a Z50. I do not know why, but I was not able to view the RAW file after downloading to my iMac.

I was able to view the photos in ViewNX-i but not in Capture 1 ver12.0 or even using the Previewer from the MAC OS.

Is the NEF file of Z50 any different from any of the earlier NEF file?

It's a new camera and the Nef file format for it isn't supported yet by the MAC OS and some other software. Updates will come soon

Thank you. I wasn't aware that the NEF file is customised according to product line, but now I know..((-:

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Peter.K Regular Member • Posts: 413

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In reply to Milojnj Dec 5, 2019

Just wondering if anyone has any idea when Apple will update Photos to include being able to reading Z50 NEF files.

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camerosity Senior Member • Posts: 2,700

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Peter.K wrote:

Just wondering if anyone has any idea when Apple will update Photos to include being able to reading Z50 NEF files.

I just imported some to Photos last night. Seems to work.

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Peter.K Regular Member • Posts: 413

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In reply to camerosity Dec 13, 2019

Thank you, I can import them but they are not showing on Apple Photos at all, cant even see the thumbnails let alone opening them.

Anyone else able to see the latest Z50 .nef files in Apple Photos.

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Kjell Olsson Regular Member • Posts: 429

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In reply to Peter.K Dec 13, 2019

Peter.K wrote:

Anyone else able to see the latest Z50 .nef files in Apple Photos.

No, they are not yet supported by MacOS even in the latest version 10.15.2 that arrived just a couple of days ago - strangely enough.

We have had two OS-updates since Z50 was released - if my memory serves me right.

You can import the files, but dont´t see the images in Finder or work with them in Apple Photos.......

Z50 NEF files works fine in Lightroom Classic 9.1 even though they are not supported by the OS.

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goactive Senior Member • Posts: 2,792

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In reply to Milojnj Dec 13, 2019

See if the Adobe DNG converter supports it yet.

That is how I have used my Z6 all year converting to DNG it is quite fast. So I am still using an old non-pay to play version of lightroom.

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goactive Senior Member • Posts: 2,792

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In reply to goactive Dec 13, 2019

Here it says the DNG is out for the z50

https://www.personal-view.com/news/articles/adobe-camera-raw-121-december-2019-released-with-nikon-z50-camera-support

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Toxdox42 Contributing Member • Posts: 507

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In reply to Milojnj Dec 13, 2019

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In a word, yes. I am a Win10 user, not Mac, so can't comment on your equipment, but, I had to upgrade to PSE 2020 to open the Z50 RAW files on my Win10 platform. Luckily, Amazon has a sale on 202 for $69.99, Adobe wanted me to pay $99.99 for their upgrade!

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camerosity Senior Member • Posts: 2,700

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In reply to Peter.K Dec 14, 2019

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Peter.K wrote:

Thank you, I can import them but they are not showing on Apple Photos at all, cant even see the thumbnails let alone opening them.

Anyone else able to see the latest Z50 .nef files in Apple Photos.

I shot some NEF+JPG Normal images last night and imported them in to Photos. They came through just fine and I can see them on my phone now. I am running macOS Mohave with the latest updates. I will check to see if I can export the NEF files from Photos when I get home. I imported some JPG files to my phone using Snapbridge this afternoon and it worked fine as well. Nice than Nikon now gives us the choice to import full res photos as this was not an option with the older software.

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Chayuth New Member • Posts: 1

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In reply to camerosity Dec 14, 2019

camerosity wrote:

Peter.K wrote:

Thank you, I can import them but they are not showing on Apple Photos at all, cant even see the thumbnails let alone opening them.

Anyone else able to see the latest Z50 .nef files in Apple Photos.

I shot some NEF+JPG Normal images last night and imported them in to Photos. They came through just fine and I can see them on my phone now. I am running macOS Mohave with the latest updates. I will check to see if I can export the NEF files from Photos when I get home. I imported some JPG files to my phone using Snapbridge this afternoon and it worked fine as well. Nice than Nikon now gives us the choice to import full res photos as this was not an option with the older software.

I can import RAW files into Apple Photos. But also now showing. It's showed as grey and which double-click to view, it is white.

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geerlingguy Regular Member • Posts: 273

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In reply to Chayuth Dec 24, 2019

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Chayuth wrote:

I can import RAW files into Apple Photos. But also now showing. It's showed as grey and which double-click to view, it is white.

Same here. I shoot RAW-only, and while I can use FastRawViewer and Photoshop/Lightroom latest updated version to view them, I like to organize my (almost exclusively RAW) library in Photos (since it syncs to my iPad and iPhone)...

Still waiting on support in this list: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210191

IIRC, the Z6 and Z7 took a month or so but were pretty quick. Not sure what's taking them so long to support the Z50.

I can import the RAW files but they don't appear in the 'All Photos' view (only in imports), and they are all grey or white square thumbnails. Opening them shows a blank white screen where the image would go, and editing doesn't work.

Video files import fine, sync, and are playable.

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Toxdox42 Contributing Member • Posts: 507

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In reply to geerlingguy Dec 24, 2019

I am not an Apple user, I usecWindiws. When I first used PS Elements 2018, it didn't support Z50 raw. I upgraded to PS Elements 2020 and it works just fine. It needed to do an autoupdate to accommodate, so the Z50 support must be very recent. Try forcing and update on PS.

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bennr Junior Member • Posts: 41

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In reply to geerlingguy Jun 22, 2020

geerlingguy wrote:

Chayuth wrote:

I can import RAW files into Apple Photos. But also now showing. It's showed as grey and which double-click to view, it is white.

Same here. I shoot RAW-only, and while I can use FastRawViewer and Photoshop/Lightroom latest updated version to view them, I like to organize my (almost exclusively RAW) library in Photos (since it syncs to my iPad and iPhone)...

Still waiting on support in this list: https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT210191

IIRC, the Z6 and Z7 took a month or so but were pretty quick. Not sure what's taking them so long to support the Z50.

I can import the RAW files but they don't appear in the 'All Photos' view (only in imports), and they are all grey or white square thumbnails. Opening them shows a blank white screen where the image would go, and editing doesn't work.

Video files import fine, sync, and are playable.

I’m on the verge of buying a Z50, but my test RAW files also won’t load on my Mac (2011) that runs High Sierra, or my IPad Pro which has latest IOS. So now hesitating as use Apple Photos to catalogue my images. How did you resolve?

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bennr wrote:

I’m on the verge of buying a Z50, but my test RAW files also won’t load on my Mac (2011) that runs High Sierra, or my IPad Pro which has latest IOS. So now hesitating as use Apple Photos to catalogue my images. How did you resolve?

I have no issue in importing/viewing Z7 Raw files to Photos on a MacBook Pro 15 2013 and a MacBook Pro 13 2020 running latest Catalina 10.15.5

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