I am a confirmed RAW/JPG shooter though I almost never use the JGPs except to browse folders in Windows Explorer. But why do we have all these incompatible file formats? Today Adobe has announced yet another RAW converter that will accept yet more RAW formats. Good for them, they can use RAW compatibility to force upgrades. Not good for us. Lossless image storage formats are hardly a mystery. That's all a RAW file is AFIK; an image stored in a lossless format together with image-related parameters and metadata like exposure information, etc. So what's with every camera model needing to have its very own RAW format? For a given manufacturer, say Panasonic, it's guaranteed that successive RAW generations are created with basically the same software and have basically the same format. No one is going to start from scratch writing a RAW generator for every new camera. Has anybody looked at the RAW formats? What are the obstacles to standardizing a file format for RAW images?