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    Just got myself a Canon Rebel xs with the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Image Stabilization Lens and the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4.0-5.6 Image Stabilization Telephoto Zoom Lens + a few bits and bobs.

    I am very happy with it but I am unsure what RAW is all about.
    The quality looks a bit better to me but!!
    From bits I have read the main benefit of RAW seems to be that you can edit/change/play with, the picture a lot more rather than picture quality improvements.
    So for general pics is it worth using ?
    Also when I use RAW I get 2 copies one with RAW and one without, is that right ?
    For sports/moving shots or bursts will the camera be slower because of processing speed when using Raw ?
    Why does Raw not work if using camera in full auto mode ?

    Please go easy on me guys this is my first real grown up camera. I know we have plenty of camera buffs out there that could very easily blind me with science.

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    Hi, simply put RAW files are the digital equivelant of the old 35mm negative... it is the image uncompressed and no in camera editing ... in fact the "raw" image.
    raw files need a special or certain software for both viewing and editing, generally also a raw image is around 5 times the size of a jpg file.
    i always shoot in raw simply because you lose none of the picture .. no compression mainly but as you say they do require a fair bit of editing... but the resullts are excellent.

    You wont get 2 copies of the image unless you have the file setting as raw+jpg in which case you will be reducing the space on the sd card even more.
    Check the settings on the camera ... you can choose various jpg settings or jpg+raw or just raw.
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    Personally I don't think you need to worry about raw files. Get used to how the camera works, read some magazines and books on photography and enjoy your new hobby. You'll naturally get to a point where you feel you could get more from your photos and that's when you can experiment with raw files.

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    Very true bigdave ..... i depend on high quality stuff for my other job!

    But yes... get used to settings and what the equipment is capable or before moving into that.

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    As said above, no need to shoot in RAW unless you plan to edit your pics.

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    As above, RAW is everything the lens sees, no comprssion or editing. Has it's uses, in Photoshop etc, best getting used to camera first.

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    Thanks guys, I am not that great with the editing tools so I will forget about RAW for now, as advised.
    You was right aps, I did have the file setting as raw+jpg

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    i use the same camera and lenses and also wondered what raw was lol thanks to the original poster and to the guys for clearing it up

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    Like others have said stick to jpegs for now. You need photoshop to start editing raw files.

    I am a photographer and do track day experiences ............heres one.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tez440 View Post
    Like others have said stick to jpegs for now. You need photoshop to start editing raw files.
    You dont

    You get a free RAW viewer with the camera & any Elements software will edit RAW plus several other cheap editing software , you generally need something to edit Jpg's also

    Im a sucker for my stuff.... i have in excess of £1400 worth of software
    Nice one Tez , ive been doing the BTCC for the last 12 years .



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