Whats the difference between raw mode and raw+L mode on a digital camera? Which is best for commercial photography?

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    \$\begingroup\$ See also Why store both JPEG and raw? \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Dec 24, 2015 at 19:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ Honestly, if you have to ask what the difference is between raw and raw+L you're probably not ready to do commercial photography, at least digitally, anytime soon. \$\endgroup\$
    – Michael C
    Dec 25, 2015 at 3:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ Why didn't you read your camera manual? \$\endgroup\$
    – Zenit
    Dec 25, 2015 at 8:47

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"RAW mode" produces only a RAW file for each picture; "RAW + L" mode produces two files for each picture: both a RAW file and a (full-size) JPEG.

As for which is best, that's a decision you have to make based on your own circumstances - are the advantages of having both formats more important than the disadvantages (smaller bursts, more space taken up on memory cards)?


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