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I recently purchased a Nikon Z50.  Prior to this I was using other Nikon DSLR and a Sony A6400.  When I open a raw file from the Z50 it is very disappointing.  It is so far off that I have great difficulty bringing it back to the look of the camera jpg.  With my other Nikons and also the Sony, this is not the case.  Is there something lacking in the raw conversion for the Z50.  I only shoot raw and have resorted to opening the Z50 files in Nikon's Capture NX and saving as a tif to use for Affinity.  Needless to say, this is not an efficient workflow.

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I too am having an issue with importing NEF files from my new Nikon Z 50 into Affinity Photo on macOS 10.15. When I view the photo in FastRawViewer, it looks fine (albeit, out of camera the colour is a tiny bit flat but this is expected to be corrected in post), however when I load it into the Develop Persona in Affinity Photo 1.8.3, it looks very desaturated, the contrast looks horrible, and it is very hard to correct it back to how the JPG/RAW preview looks. Is there something I'm not configuring correctly in Affinity Photo, or within macOS? I just switched from a Nikon D5600 and I was not having these issues with the NEF files imported from that camera, and none of the presets I've made from editing photos in that camera even come close to translating across to NEF files imported from the Z 50. I've attached some screenshots and the original RAW photo.

NEF File https://ln2.sync.com/dl/b4ec17690/xscdz8je-ddc7gjbd-bs8iw2kw-yttxe5qi

Screenshot https://ln2.sync.com/dl/4ac001e60/extizjrz-fm3ef4a9-5dcbbvm2-3kn93jgb


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Update text because of failed photos upload
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@brandonb927, at least for me the file size of all your attachments are showing as zero bytes long. I think this is probably due to some problem with the forum software, hopefully one that will be fixed on Monday. Maybe waiting a day or two to try attaching them again would be best.

Affinity Photo 1.9.3, Affinity Designer 1.9.3, Affinity Publisher 1.9.3;  2020 iMac 27"; 3.8GHz i7, Radeon Pro 5700, 32GB RAM; macOS 10.15.7
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@R C-R Thanks for the heads up, I've fixed my post and used my own tool to share the images. The screenshot shows FastRawViewer on the left, and and AP on the right.


After doing some more testing with another shot outside on my patio, it appears as if the colour information is not being relayed to AP correctly, as to get get anything close to the internal jpeg saturation, colours, etc. I have to jack up the Saturation and Vibrance to 50% each in the Develop Persona.

Screenshot https://ln2.sync.com/dl/b8d0a28f0/69havrc8-2thv5hcu-43b4hu7w-yids6pme

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