how do you know that it is few ? did you test the rest ?
It works perfectly for every camera I've tried; 4 Canon camera models, 4 or 5 Nikon models, a Hasselblad MFDB, and a couple of digicams.
problem is that implementation was always flawed before, is flawed now and still Adobe along w/ some DNG fans are claiming that conversion does not miss anything... while it the real life DNG conversions are losing the data and you just do not know what else is lost as it is a closed source.
You are full of crap. On the cameras I've tested, there is zero difference between converting the original RAW and converting a DNG; comparing converted images gives a pixel-for-pixel match. If RAW data was being lost, there would be a detectable difference somewhere. And DNG is not closed source; you can download all of the specifications as well as source code needed to read and write DNG files fro free from Adobe. If you have questions about what is happening to the data, you have the ability to look at the code and see exactly what it is doing to your images.
well, that is one reason why people should stay away from a buggy software like DNG converter
It works just fine for most of the cameras out there, or people wouldn't be using Adobe software.
the source code of dcraw is open, it is mirrored and enhanced by http://www.libraw.org
Thanks, but no thanks. It's not as easy to integrate into external projects, and it would require me to update my software every time a new camera is released. With the freely downloadable DNG SDK, I only need to update the file parsing code when a new version of the DNG spec is released, which is far less frequent than the release of new cameras.
well, you in fact just do not know if DNG converter converts it properly or not, so you never should erase the original raw... not yesterday, not today, not tomorrow... which simply means that DNG is unsuitable for archiving, unless you are archiving the original raw file as well.
Only for the few cameras that don't get converted properly. Whenever you do a file conversion or any sort of copying, you should always verify the copied/converted files are good before deleting the originals. It's not that hard to do. If you're really paranoid, you can step through the operation of the DNG SDK source code and verify with whatever level of detail you desire how correctly your RAWs are being converted. The fact is, I've tested numerous cameras from several different manufacturers, and had zero problems with DNG. BTW, the Library of Congress disagrees with you, and recommends DNG for long-term image archiving.
I'm done discussing this subject with you. Your arguments are based on fearmongering and falsehoods, and you don't have any constructive alternative input file format suggestion to offer. You are hereby added to my ignore list.