Yes I shoot strictly raw, but don't have light room. I use photoshop elements to help with high lights and shadows. It works fair, but if the original shot was over exposed not much I can do...Might look into Lightroom.
I have heard that the new Nikon's are better for this. I have stuck with Canon because, that's what I started with, and sort of understand the controls. Also have acquired some spendy Canon lenses over the years.