3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 21, 2012 7:14 PM by léonie
nOmada Level 2 (175 points)

I've just got a Nikon D7000 and wanted to try the RAW files with Aperture 2.1.3

but it doesn't recognize the files. Is there a way to make Aperture 2 to recognize those files?


I'm using Adobe DNG Converter 6.3 to convert them to dng files but I'm not sure if it's the same

kind of RAW and if it loses in some way information regarding to color, noise, brightness, etc.


I've also installed Nikon ViewNX 2.0.2 that came with the camera but it seems pretty basic to me

and I'm not sure if it's a s good as Aperture to process D7000 NEFs.


I'm on a Power PC G4 and not very interested in getting an Intel machine neither upgrading to Snow Leopard


What do you think?


Any info would be very appreciated

iBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 1.33 GHz 1,25 GB RAM 320 GB HD
  • léonie Level 10 (91,019 points)

    See the list of supported camera raw formats:



    The raw support for D7000 is only available with Aperture 3, sorry.


    If you do not want to upgrade to an Intel machine, DNG Converter is your best option, but Aperture would be able to profit a lot from a faster hardware with more RAM, better graphics Card, and a modern processor - you would certainly appreciate the difference .

  • nOmada Level 2 (175 points)

    Ok but would the dng loses/changes some of the information in the original RAW?

  • léonie Level 10 (91,019 points)

    DNG converter keeps the raw bitmap and the exif information stored with the image, but I am not sure about camera specific processing. Usually the raw converters supplied by the manufacturers can do more, to preserve camera specific in-camera optimization and preprocessing.


    I don't have your camera, and I am using aperture 3. For the cameras that I tried the free adobe DNG converter with (Lumix, Canon EOS D5) the results are quite o.k., I got high quality raw, without any in camera settings.