Nikon D500 NEF files in MS File Explorer

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by steve_fu, Jun 8, 2016.

  1. Hello,

    My setup is, D500 (firmware: C 1.01, LD 2.013) + Windows 10.
    In MS File Explorer, preview thumbnails don't display properly for the NEF files. I tried associating NEF files with either the default MS Photo viewer or Irfanview. That doesn't help.
    Also the camera info and shooting info are blank when I right-click on an NEF files and look at Details.
    NEF file icons from the good old D300 work as expected in File Explorer.
    Just wondering it is only me.
    Do D500 NEF thumbnails/icons work correctly in Mac world?
  2. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    You need to update the Nikon NEF Codec:
    Also see this thread from two years ago:
    The latest codec has, of course, changed from 2 years ago.
  3. Thanks!
    It works like a charm now.
    Just a bit surprise that the download is more than 170 MB! :)
  4. NEF code update works for thumbnails, but the windows 10 photo viewer won't edit nor show info for D500 RAW files. I use LR for
    processing but like to have a quick view of info and/or quickly see a crop of images. Hopefully there will be a cure for this issue soon.
  5. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I don't use NikonView much (almost not at all nowadays), but you may want to try NikonView NX-i for casual viewing of NEFs.
  6. After the Nikon codec update on my Windows 10, both File Explorer thumbnails and MS Photo Viewer work for NEFs.
  7. My mistake. It's the Photos App in win10, not the Windows photo viewer that I have trouble with my D500 NEFs. When I try to edit in the Photos app I get the error message "Can't edit. We're having trouble opening this file for editing."

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