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Am shooting camera RAW, but for some reason can't find out where to set the camera for 16 bits vs. 8 shooting 8 bits but want to change...thanks

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AFAIK the 5D always shoots 14-bit RAW files, no exceptions. Only if you switch down to JPEG mode will you be able to shoot 8-bit images. – glenneroo Dec 14 '10 at 15:50
Kate, what are you using for post processing? This is likely where you're going from 16 to 8. – John Cavan Dec 14 '10 at 16:04

The 5D's native RAW format is 12bit and the 5DmkII's RAW format is 14-bit, perhaps you are thinking of when you import the image into your image editor and you can select 8-bit or 16-bit editing?

5D Specs:

5DmkII Specs:

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