This was not from digital cameras, but Photo CDs He did not totally lose them, as there are means to recover them...he has to make decision if the effort is worth it. With 20/20 hind sight it might have been avoided.
I was hoping to stay out of this since we've been down this rabbit hole but to clarify:
The problem (and it IS a problem for me) is I have both PhotoCD and old camera file formats I can't access today. Cameras from early Kodak, Leaf, Phase and others while doing reviews of those cameras. It is NOT
impossible for me to access that data but it would be very difficult and very expensive to do so. WHY should I have to suffer this problem when a camera built and used during the same time that captures an open format (say JPEG) suffers none
of these issues? The reason this problem exists is the proprietary raw format, nothing more. There is zero, none, nada reason for this. It's totally political. But I said all this to you jrs about a month ago, so why repeat myself again?
20/20 has nothing to do with it. There was no DNG at the time these images were captured nor a means of converting to an open raw format. The same ugly situation could happen in 10 years with the same results. Why should we allow this to be such an unfortunate option?