A few days ago I received my Nikon D3s. While I love the camera, and am amazed at some of its features, I found that there was no RAW support for it available. This is my first experience with such nonsense although I am now aware that a similar issue occured with the release of the D3. I manage my workflow using Aperture. I am very used to using Aperture and did not want to think about having to learn to use something else. I searched for a few hours, had to teach myself some basic coding skills but problem solved!! (Temporarily). So with luck, you can find this post and save some time.
First you’ll need to download a program called Exiftool. After downloading and installing it, you’re going to have to run it. What this program does/will do – (actually it can do a lot of things, but all we’re going to be interested in right now is changing the model information) is change the model info in the exif file of the image from D3s to D3. This will trick Aperture into thinking that we shot these images on our D3. So once you’ve installed Exiftool, you’ll need to run Terminal.
As you can see, it’s a very simple line of code that will alter all these files.
So first you need to create a folder somewhere with all of your D3s files transfered into it. I just created one on my desktop called “nikon”. So for me, this is the code I had to enter to switch all the model exif data from NIKON D3s to NIKON d3:
exiftool -Model=’NIKON D3′ /users/dave/desktop/nikon *.NEF
Type that exactly, hit enter, and you’re all set. The program will also create a duplicate of the original file in that same folder for every file you change. ** A few notes, the error that occurred was that one of the files was an avi file and so it didn’t convert it, and secondly, I copied the wrong image to show you guys, the real image needs to have Nikon D3 in all capitals like the written line above. NIKON D3… otherwise Aperture will not recognize the file format.
Once you’ve got your new files, import into Aperture and away you go. You may encounter an issue with tint/temp being off, but just fix them yourself once, and stamp/clone the adjustments to the other images as the problem will be identical to each one.
So there you have it. Now you’ve got a solution to your D3s woes. At least for the time being until Nikon and Apple release some sort of patch to support the D3s. Hope this helps!
Thanks for reading,