Adobe Lightroom 4 released with Nikon D4, D800, D800E, 85mm f/1.8 support

Adobe released Adobe Lightroom 4 which now supports Nikon D4, D800 and D800E cameras.

The price of a full version is $149.00, the upgrade costs $79, the student and teacher edition also costs $79.

Instant download options are available on

The following new lens profiles for Nikon mount lenses were added:

Lens Mount Lens Name
Nikon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X 124 AF PRO DX II 12-24mm f/4 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X 165 PRO DX 16-50mm f/2.8 (IF) ASPHERICAL
Nikon Tokina AT-X 535 PRO DX  50-135mm f/2.8 (IF)
Nikon Tokina AT-X M35 PRO DX 35mm f/2.8 Macro
Nikon Tokina AT-X M100 AF PRO D 100mm f/2.8 Macro
Nikon Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8
Nikon Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G
Nikon Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM

Lightroom 4 also includes new moiré local adjustment controls (similar to noise reduction and white balance) which could be helpful if you are planning to get the Nikon D800E.

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  • Matt

    not as important to a lot of people, but they also have book support finally. Its a nice addition to an already great program.

    • karl

      well, I’m buying it for the new video editing features – where you pick a frame, do all kinds of enhancements in the develop mode, save them as a profile and then apply them to the whole video.
      Perfect for people who just need to adjust small things (like WB, contrast etc), and who have no reason to buy expensive stuff like Vegas Pro

      • That’s awesome! I hadn’t read that yet. I don’t even do video but but the fact that you can do that is so cool. I will definitely be trying that out if and when we upgrade.

  • Frank

    The Adobe site has the wrong program inside the Lightroom 4 Trial link. It still downloads Lightroom 3.6!!

  • Nicky G

    They fixed the link now 🙂

  • SoftonDemand

    Finally! Now I can use newer functions to enhance my photo-editing. Thanks Adobe

  • Henri

    I am so buying the new version, now I have a student card, It only costs 75€! Awesome, because I cannot afford PS CS5.5.

    • WoutK89

      if I download using student version it costs me 62 euro, are you sure you have the correct version?

  • SoftonDemand

    Fellow Nikonians and Canon trolls (jks) let’s all rejoice together! LR4 IS HERE!!!

  • ViperGeek

    Thanks for the timely announcement of LR4. Upgraded, downloaded, installed and running.

  • XLRT

    Finally Adobe added support for Tokina lenses to LR :-). I use the 12-24mm/f4 II and love it. Thanks Adobe!!!

    • really?! i hope they have the 11-16 on there 😀

  • WYSim

    I own the 12-24 and 100mm macro so it’s nice to see them supported in LR4 now. I’ll have to see what the major improvements are in LR4 before I upgrade though.

  • Michael

    Is there any difference between boxed and download version? I mean, is there some manual for example included in box?

    • ken

      i bought LR3 recently from B&H it comes with a box and DVD – thats manual..
      It’s disappointing that B&H were selling it for 70$ and the upgrade is $75 so no huge savings, since B&H touted the sale as down from $299 to $79…pfft.but good none the less and thank goodness there is soft-proofing now..

      • ken

        just got confirmation from Adobe that I am eligible for free upgrade to LR4 🙂 cool…I wait it’s delivery…

  • Roland

    LR4 downloaded and installed, however when trying to use the “Photo / Edit in Photoshop CS 5.1” option from LR4 I get “This version of Lightroom may require the Photoshop Camera Raw plug-in version 7.0 for full compatibility. Please update the camera raw plug-in using the update tool available in the Photoshop help menu”. The update function in Photoshop CS5.1 says that there are no updates available. Is the Camera Raw 7.0 plug-in available? I can’t find it.

    • broxibear

      Hi Roland,
      I don’t think Camera Raw 7.0 will be available until CS6 is released, whether Adobe make Camera Raw 7.0 compatible with previous versions of Photoshop is another matter ?

      • JDPisani

        Does this mean that LR4 won’t integrate with CS5.1?

        • As far as I know it says that whenever they have some new stuff added often your only affected when buying a new cam. Therefor you can ignore that popup window and just keep going. Btw you have to open PS and them look for new downloads to get rid of that message.

  • ChF

    One of the new features of LR4: DNG lossy compression option and the ability to export REDUCED RESOLUTION raw files..
    So now who doesn’t want always a 36mp NEF file now can reduce file size when importing in Lightroom. I was hoping for such a feature, but I never worked with DNG files.. Anybody here does?

    • Geoff

      That is AWESOME. Had no idea of that feature.

  • Wow. I might have to pick this up!

    I have a ton of pictures I’d love to re-process with the Tokina profiles, although I used the Pentax 16-50mm which is basically the same lens.

  • Neogene

    Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX 11-16mm f/2.8

    I own this lens from over three years…and now in the 2012 lightroom supports it…

    adobe is really fast…

    • Jurassic Pizza

      Yes — that was a nice little surprise to see that my 11-16/2.8 will have profile correction support!

  • Eric

    Seems like its US$79 to upgrade for those in the states, while it is US$120 (equivalent) for us in Australia to upgrade!! DAAAmnn

    • BartyL

      $98.75 for upgrade via download.

    • Bart

      …and thats why I’m downloading it. I would happily buy it but I dont like being blatantly being ripped off. One day companies might start realising that there are people like me who are happy to pay for software but wont be robbed, their loss.

  • silmasan

    Nice pricing. Imagine the whole CS6 shebang went down to half their old prices like this (unlikely).

  • Anand

    Hey Admin,

    I would like to support there an affiliate amazon or b&h link that you can share…that way I can buy from yours rather than someone elses??

    • just use any of the links on NR, thanks

  • Old school

    Will Lightroom 3 support the D800? I’m using my work computer for image processing (since it’s my fastest one) and we’re still using XP. What features will I miss if the d800 is not supported?

    • Neil

      Hi. Looking at the release notes from v3.4-3.6 there is no specific mention of the D800. Last update (v3.6) added the Nikon V1 and J1 .

      Fingers crossed they will update v3 at some point. 🙂

      • Neil

        ah that link in my reply goes to the release notes PDF of v3.6 btw…:)

    • Unlikely. Adobe’s practice is to not upgrade previous with support for new cameras. Now that LR4 is released, you won’t see further updates to LR3. If this is the case, you won’t be able to process raw files or video. Also, LR4 doesn’t support XP. Time to retire that system.

  • Anonymous Maximus

    Any idea when Adobe will release latest version of Capture Raw for CS5 that supports D800, D800E & D4?

    I wish they add a moire-removal slider on the lens corrections tab.

    • looon

      I have been wondering the same thing. Seems if they now have the support for those cameras for Lightroom, they will risk the ire of CS5 folks by not following suit very soon with ACR.

    • Steve Starr

      I fear CS5 will not support the D4 nor D800/E or the Canon 1D3. Most likely they will do it in CS6 if they jump the release of CS6 ahead of the new DSLR’s coming out this Spring. They may have done this LR4 release sooner too to capitalize on the new models. Their betas used to take much longer than LS4 did.

      Get your wallet out. Sounds like best to wait and maybe jump on some combo offer like CS6 bundled with LR4 deal.

  • Thanks for the timely announcement of LR4. Upgraded, downloaded, installed and running.

    • BartyL

      What version did you upgrade from and what is your early impression?

  • peterw

    Are you sure about the price? Is Adobe sure about the price :)…
    It used to be far more expensive…

    The combination Nikon Capture NX (2) and ID-imager – which together offer more or less the same functionality – is twice as expensive.

  • jason

    Has any improvement been made on how it renders Nikon NEF files. LR2 was horrible, LR3 was better … but still not great.

    • Markus

      Probable not. It’s not Adobe’s fault either.

      • Rudi

        Not Adobe’s fault? Who’s then?

    • Carsten

      Better is subjective, I personally like it better

    • Isnogud

      Let’s see whether LR4 finally catches up with the old, rusty Capture NX2 RAW-converter, hehe…

    • dgm

      FWIW and for *my* taste the new raw engine for NEFs is leaps and bounds better that that in LR3. On my D2Hs nefs there is much more details in high to very high luminosity areas and more in the low light ones

      Not tested yet the retail version, only the beta but I am *very* impressed

      • jason

        Renders much better now. But overall performance is horrible.

        • dgm

          Jason, have you tried the retail version yet, it is said to be noticeably faster than the beta

    • Geoff

      Skin tones are noticeably improved.

  • F64 Photo

    LR 4.0 is worth it just for the newer version of Adobe Camera Raw!!!

  • Abhay

    Hi Admin,

    Any news on Capture NX3 with Color Effex?

    I have Capture NX2 (latest) and not sure how does this lightroom compare to NX2.

    • NX3 should be released earliest by the end of 2012

  • That was quick. I hope they fixed the speed issues.

    • ShaoLynx

      Yes, it certainly feels like it.
      The beta version was a “debug mode on” version, btw. Hence the slow down.
      4.0 feels real snappy, especially when loading previews dual screen (full res. 2048).

      I was happy to upgrade – thanks NR Admin for bringing it to our attention.

  • broxibear

    Nikon prepares robot mounted D4 for Olympics…
    “Sports photographers will be able to use robot-mounted Nikon D4 DSLRs to capture much of the action remotely at this summer’s Olympics.”
    “Meanwhile, Nikon claims that orders for the D800 are ‘unprecedented’.”

  • broxibear

    Nikon Australia has hit out against resellers offering cut-price ‘grey market’ international stock to Australian customers with its I AM Peace of Mind campaign…

  • Che

    If I purchase it, does anyone know in how many computers I can install it on? I have a desktop and 2 notebooks….the price is excellent if I could have it on all 3 computers. Does anyone know this info? Thanks in advance.

    • Grant

      I believe that you are allowed to install and activate on 2 computers. You can deactivate and activate from the the help menu so you may be able to juggle based on your needs.

  • Andrew

    Is this accurate that LR 3 and CS 5 will not be compatible with D800? Do you have to have LR 4 to process D800 files?

  • T.I.M

    ****D800/e shipping refund****
    D800/e is now free shipping at B&H, call them if you paid for the shipping, you will get a partial refund.

  • Nokin

    Just bought Lightroom 3 last week in prep for the arrival of my Nikon D800. Still in the shrinkwrap. Is it already obsolete? Do I need to upgrade to LR4 to use Lightroom with the D800?

    • T.I.M

      @ Nokin
      If you still can, return it.

      • MJr

        Last week Lightroom 4 was already well in the spotlights, with its free beta.
        In other words, it’s all on you.

    • Martin

      Nokin, you have 30 days to return it.

    • iamlucky13

      No, it’s not obsolete. Lightroom 3 still does everything Lightroom 3 used to do.

      It simply doesn’t do some of the things Lightroom 4 does. Keep in mind, however, in case it is relevant, that Lightroom 4 is not compatible with Windows XP.

      If there are any features in LR4 that you want, exchange it. Otherwise, enjoy.

      • T.I.M


        “Lightroom 4 is not compatible with Windows XP”

        Thank you for the tip !

    • ken

      keep it and just upgrade you’ll save 5 bucks..

    • adobe will give you a free update to Lr4, contact them

      • ken

        believe it depends how much you paid for LR3, i’ve an open case on that.

  • iamlucky13

    Why is the price so low?

    The MSRP on Lightroom 3 is $299.99.

    On Lightroom 4 it’s only $149.99?

    Not that I’m complaining, but it seems there must be more here than meets the eye. Does anyone know what they cut out from the license?

    • MJr

      Was necessary to stay competitive with the low(ered) price of Aperture from apple.

    • Mark V

      Adobe had been running sales on Lightroom for awhile at the $150 US price point here in the states (an if you caught it right, as low as $90). My guess is they found the volume of sales is better for their profit margins based on making it more accessible, rather than selling to fewer customers at the higher price point.

  • Isnogud

    And Adobe is not upgrading LR3 with the new converter and lens-profiles?
    Shame, blame, …

    • iamlucky13

      I’m not familiar with how Lightroom does it, but in some programs, data like I presume this to be (structured, numerical values that the program interprets to describe distortion, vignetting, etc) is often simply contained in simple binary, hex, or even text files that can be copied from one install to another. ICC color profiles are usually handled this way, for example.

      If it’s important to you and you know your way around your operating system, you might dig around the Lightroom program files or online documentation to see (assuming Adobe did it the way I would expect) if you can find them. If so, you may be able to copy profiles you don’t have from a LR4 user.

      Also, Adobe now has a lens profile creation tool. You feed it test shots, it works out a profile. Others have likely created profiles for common lenses:

  • Steve

    To the person who bought Lightroom 3 a few weeks ago, you may not want to return it depending on how much you paid.

    If you bought it after Feb. 6th, you are entitled to a free upgrade to Lightroom 4. You’ll need to contact Adobe for how this works.

    However, if you paid more than $149, then you’ll do better to just return it and just buy Lightroom 4 brand new.

    • Nokin

      Thanks for the tip! Paid $69.95 at B&H.

  • doug

    ROFL, email from Jessops came this morning.

    Order Number:
    1x NIKON D800 BODY ONLY. £2,399.95
    Order Total £2,399.95
    Stock for your order is now overdue from our supplier.
    We will now contact the supplier to chase the stock and aim to deliver your order as soon as possible.

    Some items may be in short supply. If this is the case we will contact you again in 14 days with a further update.

    • broxibear

      Hi doug,
      26th of March is the date some UK retailers are now publicly saying for the D800, the D800E a month after that…off the record I’ve heard the first D800s won’t arrive in the UK until April at the earliest ?

      • doug

        wholly friking shite, i want my d800 for my birthday on the 11th. ffs

  • Anonymous

    ACR 6.7 is released too just today! Link to download:

    Note: I’ve started using it, but it says app. will expire by the end of May.

    • Anonymous

      ACR 6.7 is supporting D4 & D800/E as well as Canon 1Dx & 5D III.

  • broxibear

    Kai at digitalrev and his Nikon 85mm f/1.8G Hands-on Review

    • broxibear

      P.S. I should have added it’s NSFW…depending where you work of course ?

  • D200Forever

    LR4 will not run on any MS OS before Vista

    That means not XP


    • Anonymous

      Don’t worry mate, someone will hack it to run on XP.

      Theoretically any software should run on XP, unless crippled on purpose which must be the case with LR4 now. Microsoft must have encouraged Adobe to do so for forcing people buying their latest OS.

      • Ken Elliott

        Not if they call the newer APIs (application program interfaces) that exist on Vista and Win7, but don’t exist in XP. Remember – XP did not have built-in support for monitor profiles, etc. There’s lots of good stuff added since XP (almost a decade ago) was created.

    • You know they came out with this little upgrade to XP called Windows 7 a few year ago, right? And it’s awesome. You know that, right?

      Hell, my old Dell XPS laptop shipped with XP and 7 runs better on it than XP did.

    • Rudi

      MS OS? 😉 You mean Microsoft Programm-Loader, do you? But at least in the meanwhile they took most things over from OSX. Sorry, couldn’t resist ;-))

  • Student

    Is the student ed same as the full version? any limitation?

    • Mark V

      Student version is the same as the full version however you must verify proof with Adobe that you are a student

      Here is their page on student eligibility:

    • D700guy

      There’s a limit to how many licenses Adobe give the student versions. You can only have it running on two computers. After that it wont download anything but a 30 day trial.

  • ken

    well i’ve opened my case with Adobe to see if i can get a complimentary upgrade with them, it does seem unlikely though as i think i read once the purchase price is greater than 25% of the full retail price you may not be eligible. we will sit and hope.

    • ken

      upgrade confirmed 🙂

  • kevin

    installed the lightroom 4. opened and tested D4 and D800 raw file. worked wonderful. 🙂

  • “Lightroom 4 also includes new moiré local adjustment controls (similar to noise reduction and white balance) which could be helpful if you are planning to get the Nikon D800E.” – here we go again… If you got D800E, you didn’t want anti-aliasing filter done by Physical properties of glass I assume… LR4 has moire adjustment. Yes. Now, please understand that “moire adjustment” software is essentially anti-aliasing filter in software. Physics of this is such that any software at best can do as good as “analogue” action of Physical laws. “At best” should be read as “not as good almost certainly”.
    So, if you plan on purchasing D800E and than remove moires by software, you are essentially planning to pay more to get poorer end result. Because you are choosing to do anti-aliasing by software which will never be better than one done by the Physical properties of carefully engineered optical system. This even does not mention other captured data quality losses when using Bayer pattern sensor without anti-aliasing filter. Moire are just the most macro-visible of such problems.
    So, if one does plan on buying D800E one must confirm that for his photographic purpose he won’t ever need to do moire removal in software. Or the whole “investment” in the removal of anti-aliasing filter is nonsense if you plan to do the same with less quality later in software.

    • Ralph

      I had to explain this to my partner. I used the top she was wearing as an example, told her if I were to photograph her when she was wearing that she would need to take it off – she threw a cushion at me. Sheesh if she didnt want me to explain……

    • Anonymous Maximus

      A bit of exaggeration here…

      If you confront moire at the shooting stage, it’s simple as stopping into diffraction territory, defocusing a little or applying a little motion blur (if you don’t want to lose your shallow DoF) will avoid it forever.

      However, granted that it wouldn’t be as easy to correct at PP.

  • I’ve been searching all over Adobe’s site for a bullet list of A) new features and B) upgrades in LR4 over LR3 and can’t find a concise list. Can anyone give me the 20,000 foot overview of why I should upgrade from LR3 (I shoot a D7000 with no plans to upgrade anytime soon, so added camera support means nothing to me)? I will say that I think LR3 is a fantastic program, and I use it for 90% of my PP work.

    • BartyL

      dPreview currently have a 6-page review of it up. On the basis of their review I think I will upgrade from LR3.6. I have no plans to upgrade from my D300s anytime soon, am not into video and can’t see myself using the book creation thingy too often – but the changes to the Development module probably make it worth the price of upgrading.

    • Calibrator

      I’m in the same boat as you but I did the upgrade for two things: Better GPS support and the newer process options. Local adjustment brush now with white balance etc.

      HOWEVER, I must say that I can’t recommend blindly upgrading all current images from version 2010 to 2012. I did throw several test images last night at it and while most images didn’t change much (mostly contrast & brightness changes) some came out quite terrible, especially night shots.
      I’ll have to dig a bit deeper to see what they actually wanted to achieve with the new process version – right now I don’t see much of an advantage in it.

      I also don’t see a speed increase over 3.6 which runs great on my PC (i5 2500, 16GB RAM, fast mechanical drive for my images and two different SSDs for image catalog and cache). On the contrary: It seems to be a tad slower in the dev module.

      To be honest I’m not positively shocked with the upgrade right now but as I said I need to delve a bit deeper.

  • Erhan Yengulalp

    Purchased LR4 today but could not down load it to install it on my Mac. When I called their technical support, there is a 2 hour wait on the 800 line… What a joke????

    • pabs

      That must be the “D800” line!! Try usiing the D70 line.

  • Adobe Camera Raw !
    • ACR 6.7

      Supports D800 & D4.

  • naro

    finally lens profile for the Tokina 11-16 f2.8

  • I have it up and running. It is considerably smoother than the beta. On my 4.3ghz quad core Windows 7 box there is no speed issue, but I have yet to try it on a slower dual core notebook.

    As with the beta, the 2012 process considerably enhances the ability to deal with images that are pushing the dynamic range of the sensor.

    • Anonymous Maximus

      Is there a generic 4.3 ghz quad core on the market or did you overclock it?

  • Dmitry

    Can someone answer my question. If I will buy it via on line shop, will it be one time download or I will be able to re-download it many times? For example to install it on a new PC later on.

    • Crocodilo

      Multiple downloads are possible. Besides, you get a registration number in the mail, and can even use it to unlock a trial version. Either way, get in the habit of backing up the installer and a .txt file with the key on a single folder, for future use.

  • Doug

    I was excited about LR4 – until Scott Kelby answered one of my questions during his Live Session: Will images with presets applied render the same way in LR4 as they do in LR3?
    Scott: Ahhhh …. No
    Matt then added that all existing presets need to be updated. He then made the comment about not running out of things to do.

  • Landscape Photo

    Why bother with LR since PS exists?

    By the way, I’ve downloaded the D800 nef samples from the Russian site, and carefully converted the one with a chandelier via the new Camera Raw 6.7 beta.

    It looks fantastic even @ ISO 6400. No chroma noise or CA left while minute detail & acutance is there, just a trace of luminance grain is visible resembling film grain. When downsampled to 12mp it’s way past what D700 can deliver !

    • Patriot

      I prefer LR over PS because I don’t like using all the other unneeded features of it. It doesn’t fit my style of editing.

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