09-14-2015 09:59 PM
" I accidentally shot 2/3 of a vacation on JPG ..."
Yup, done that before and just another reason I rarely shoot jpg anymore. If you don't have things set right RAW is a lifesaver. But all in all, if settings are where they should be, a jpg can be as good and in a few cases better.
The human eye can not distinguish between more colors than 8-bit jpg. It is more than plenty for showing all the colors and details the human eye is able to distinguish in a photograph. This makes it fine for an output file format. It is a big problem when you save one several times as compression artifacts start to show up.
And the biggest problem with RAW is the converter. Personally I prefer Adobe's logarithm to Canon's own. In the early days brand-N did not even release what it was and you had to use their converter. Not so anymore. But the converters do vary.
Would I give up RAW, never. It is just too easy anymore to use it. I have shot entire weddings in jpg and got paid all the same. As always, use what works, there is no right or wrong if it works for you.