Adobe Lightroom 4.2, Camera Raw 7.2 released with support for the latest Nikon products

Adobe released Lightroom 4.2 (download links: Mac|Windows), Camera Raw 7.2 and DNG converter 7.2 (Mac|Windows) with support for the latest Nikon cameras and lenses (including third party F-mount lenses):

Nikon cameras support in Lightroom 4.2:

  1. Nikon Coolpix P7700
  2. Nikon 1 J2
  3. Nikon D600 (support for Nikon D600 is preliminary and there is a minor risk that the appearance of your images may change when the final support for Nikon D600 is available in an upcoming release)

Newly supported Nikon cameras for tethered capture:

  • Nikon D4
  • Nikon D800
  • Nikon D800e

New new F-mount lenses support in Lightroom 4.2:

Lens Name Lens Mount
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 Nikon
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Nikon
Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon
Tamron SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD A007N Nikon
Zeiss Distagon T* 2/25 ZF.2 Nikon
Zeiss Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZF.2 Nikon
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  • Maciej

    At last!

  • Getting my D600 ASAP!!!

  • Ben

    Couldn’t come at a better time! Now I can start processing the wedding shots I made with the D600

  • Anyone have any idea / precedent on whether, and to what extent, the “preliminary” support differs from the final? Surely it’s very minor if even noticeable at all…? Please tell me it’s small to non-existent!

    • Abraham Collins

      Probably just white balance precision.

      • Chris

        That sounds manageable. Thanks, let’s hope that’s the extent of it.

    • Bob

      More likely the D600 profile is just a renamed/reworked D7000 or D800 profile just to get it out there so you can open files now.

      Next update will have the real D600 profile which is what 3 months away? I wouldn’t do any critical editing on D600 files until a real profile is ready.

    • John

      Orange skin tones.

    • It looks like the camera profile is just called “beta”. If you have something like the x-write color checker passport you can just create your own color profiles. I’m new to nikon ( coming from pentax ) and i never used adobe’s profiles, i just create my own using the colorchecker.

  • Miha

    First impression on editing D600 .NEF files in Lightroom 4.2: -> NEED TO UPDATE MY COMPUTER (Can’t imagine how my computer would hold up with D800 files)

  • TR

    Downloaded and installed without problem, Lightroom is now processing the 1500+ photos I have taken with the D600. So far everything seems to work well and there are no problems. Very impressed by the dynamic range and overall IQ!

  • gs3xrfun

    Look like they are not done with the camera calibration in the develop module but at least I can import the files and sure can stop shooting jpg along with RAW.

  • Finally, Lightroom tethering with the D800! Only took 8 months…

    • Calibrator

      According to this forum some people still wait on their D800/E, so…

    • peter2

      Tethering for D800 works fine with me. However, it seems that when I left the cable connected with the computer and camera on for a while (about 1 hour or so), the camera battery almost drained out.
      Haven’t fully tested, but seem like the battery is draining much faster than I anticipate.

  • DX is DEAD

    Sony A99 support? Nice!

  • D800Tether

    Hmm… My d800 won’t tether with lightroom 4.2. No camera is detected. I can import images, but not tether the camera. It is connected to my macbook pro via the d800’s included usb cable. I seem to have tried everything. Any ideas?

    • gs3xrfun

      Have you tried taking out the memory card before tethering?

      • D800Tether

        I did, I tried most things. It’s working now though, a reboot of the system seemed to have done the trick 🙂 cheers! Shame Lightroom doesn’t support live view or any settings controls though.

  • Darin M

    Thanks Admin!

  • Martin D

    Still no Retina support.

    • greencardigan

      That’s a shame!

  • JH Dahlström

    Raw supports P7700 files alright, but it doesn’t support the lens profile! 🙁

  • G37x

    Now when I open LR4 and try to edit a file in CS5, it says I need the camera raw 7.2 via updates. However when I try that PS CS5 says all is up to date.

    Ideas please?

    • Big J

      I THINK there was a post not too long ago in a past thread that mentioned that you need Adobe Photoshop CS6 because they stopped updating CS5.

    • Baba Ganoush

      @G37x: I got the same message. It may mean PS versions earlier than CS6 cannot be updated to Camera Raw 7.2 and are now locked into ACR 7.1 unless we buy the upgrade to CS6. The Adobe Web page says to download ACR 7.2 via the Help facility in CS6. I could find no other instructions on how to download ACR 7.2 directly. Can someone else confirm this?

      • G37x

        Any resolution to this? I don’t want to upgrade to PS CS6 only because of the CR 7.2…

    • Hans Walth

      same here with cs 5.5 …… cmon adobe, cs 5.5 is not THAT old

  • Does this mean tht there is a Lightroom 3 update for the D600 as well or do I need to upgrade to version 4?

    • Calibrator

      At this moment you only have the option to upgrade to LR4 (v4.2).

      However, I strongly suspect that the next version of the “Adobe DNG Converter” will likely support D600 RAW files, so you may want to wait for it. You would then convert your NEFs to DNGs which you should be able to import into LR3.

      • WiscShooter

        Thanks, I had lightroom 3 check for and update last night and it came back with “software is up to date”. I guess it’s time to buy version 4.

  • ACR 7.2, it works. Not sure if there is anything in it that will help me.

  • Works perfectly.

  • New D600 Owner

    I updated Lr to 4.2 and opened jpegs from my D600, but I can’t seem to find how to apply the info for my lens, Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR, even though the update says it has that lens info. Am I missing something, or how does one do that?

    • Mr D600

      Go to the “Lens Correction” section (I think that’s what it’s called) in the Develop module and enable automatic profile corrections, then look for your lens in the list.

      • New D600 Owner

        I did that, but the 24-85mm lens is not listed there. I see a handful of other Nikon lenses, but not that one. Do you all see the 24-85mm there? Wasn’t it supposed to be in this update?

        • Ovrkast

          I see the 24-85 lens profile on mine. It’s right above the 24-120 f/4 lens profile in the drop-down list.

          • New D600 Owner

            I don’t see that lens in the pulldown either. When I choose Nikon, I only see 8 lenses in the list. I don’t get it, any clues?

            • New D600 Owner

              Oh does that lens profile only work for RAW? Will it not work for JPEG images? Perhaps that is what I am seeing.

            • Ovrkast

              Hmm…that’s very odd. I basically see the entire lineup of Nikon’s lenses. Have you tried reinstalling? Perhaps your initial install did not complete successfully and the profiles did not get installed. If the reinstall did not resolve the issue then try reaching out to Adobe Support?

            • New D600 Owner

              Yes, that is it, most lens corrections are only available when you are working with RAW files.

            • Ovrkast

              I’m sorry…I thought you were working with RAW. That explains why you were only seeing a handful of profiles. I shoot RAW so I was exposed to all of them =)

  • There is one thing unusual about this. There is a download link for the DNG converter but no download link for ACR 7.2. I don’t know if this is permanent, but for the moment ACR must be updated using AAM updates.

    • Alfredo

      Yeah, I noticed the same thing. So that means I can’t download ACR 7.2 for Lightroom 4.2, right? I have the Tamron 24-70 VC and it is not listed w/in the lens correction tab under Lightroom 4.2. My camera is D800.

      • Alfredo

        Never mind. Found it!

  • Patrick

    The main problem I see is there are no camera profile settings for the d600. I like the Nikon vivid setting as my starting point and at the moment we can’t apply any calibration profiles yet.

  • Patrick

    The main problem I see is there are no camera profile settings for the d600. I like the Nikon vivid setting as my starting point and at the moment we can’t apply any calibration profiles yet.

  • Curious

    I just downloaded Lightroom 4.2 and now I can’t export files to my desktop.
    It says that I have not designated a file, but I am doing everything I have
    normally done??

    • Curious

      Nevurrrr mind.

  • Tonz

    My 4.2 download won’t extract. I’ve tried it on two machines (win7) and same error about space on the drive or permissions and neither is an issue. Anyone else having a problem?

    • Porky Roebuck

      I think I remember reading in a forum somewhere that a user had this problem when downloading LR with Firefox or Chrome. The advice was to download with IE which I believe resolved it.

      • Calibrator

        > I think I remember reading in a forum somewhere that a user had this problem when downloading LR with Firefox or Chrome.

        That’s a user (installation) problem – I never had problems downloading these files with Firefox (incl. LR 4.2) and we certainly would’ve known if Chrome had problems there, too.

        • Porky Roebuck

          The problem is discussed in this thread.

          • Calibrator

            Thanks for the link but there are only two fellows claiming that only IE downloads work and really no explanation as of why Firefox is a culprit here (no error research being done).

            Interesting to know, nonetheless (!), but I’d still generally recommend to *not* use IE for your web browsing and use an alternative browser (all are safer), though.

            • Porky Roebuck

              I never use IE myself.

    • Tony

      Update: I downloaded the file in Firefox and it worked fine. My previous attempts had all been in Chrome. Google fail.

      Re Internet Explorer, v9 is as secure as they come …

  • Rudi

    Oh boy, why is it even slower than the 4.2 Beta on Mac? Or is it only me?

    • Porky Roebuck

      This is depressing news. I’m looking to move up from using ViewNX2 and have been waiting for the final LR 4.2 release before trialling it. Sounds like speed is still an issue.

      • A lot of people who were using Lightroom as a front end for Photoshop rather than Bridge have ditched LR 4 over the speed issue and have gone back to Bridge/ACR/Photoshop. The latter is considerably faster because images are rendered using the GPU.

        The speed problem in LR4 is severe with high resolution files. On a fast machine with 12 MP files it was not bad. Today we have 24 MP files out of inexpensive cameras like the D3200. Such large file sizes were relatively unusual a year ago.

  • Nikon_Boy

    Yay… I can release my raw files.

  • Phil

    Pardon my ignorance, but does this new Adobe Camera Raw work on Photoshop Elements 9 .
    I’m on a Macbook Pro and iMac (both intel dual processors)

  • LeadWrist

    So I played with LR 4.2 and it’s nice. This is whats got me all twisted. I don’t like the LR idea of using a database to store stuff for a particular file. I know you can manual export XMP files and there is ways to do it but by default I just don’t like the database concept. Picasa has it and iPhoto has it and when these apps corrupt the DB, well there goes all your stuff. I like Capture NX 2 as it stores everything in the file making it very portable from machine to machine an with View NX able to read these it’s a free reader for people to see my changes. Unlike LR. Even though LR does good job of NEF reading, there is just something about they idea they are guessing that gets me going. I’m torn between LR and Capture. I wish capture would be updated already. Better noise handling and what not would be nice. Better lens distortion controls, actually if they could include 3rd party of expand on their distortion control options for like manual override I would be find with that. LR 4 is nice with it’s lens database, finally has the tokina lenses I’m using. So it comes down to this, I’m running out of trial days and I’m flip flopping like Romney on which one to commit too.

    LR 4.2 – Lens distortion database +1, stupid database -1, doesn’t understand NEF like Capture does -1. Noise control +1.
    Capture NX 2 – Lens distortion for nikkor only with rudimental manual overrides -1, stores metadata in the file +1, understands NEFs beyond interprating just the raw info but applying in camera settings +1. Noise control, it’s ok I think Better 2012 preset for noise is better but still not like LR’s one.

    It’s a tough choice, honestly I wish Nikon would just go to Adobe and have them make “capture nx 3” aka LR 4.5 🙂 that incorporates all the Nikon goodies.

    Speed and what not isn’t really an issue for me. SSD and 16 core machines these days seem to mask poorly written algorithms.

  • John T. Harding

    Does this carry over to Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 or do Elements 11 customers have to wait for support of the Nikon D600?

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