July 29, 2008

Lightroom, ACR support D700

A number of people have written in to ask when Lightroom and Camera Raw will support the brand-new Nikon D700.  Good news: they already do–unofficially–in Lightroom 2.0/Camera Raw 4.5.  Unofficial support simply means that you can view and edit D700-generated NEF files normally, but because the camera is so new, Adobe QE folks haven’t tested it to the point that they feel comfortable declaring official support.  The DNG Converter can convert D700 NEFs so that they can be used in LR 1.4, Photoshop CS2, and other DNG-enabled tools.

 

Note: LR2/ACR 4.5 add official support for the Olympus E 420 and E 520.

Posted by John Nack at 2:14 PM on July 29, 2008

Comments

  • JonPad — 6:54 PM on July 29, 2008

    Darn! Now that it supports the D700, I have to go out and buy one…!
    All the better to take pictures of our new addition:
    http://jonpadilla.photoshop.com
    [Way to go! :-D I'm finding the money spent on a good lens to be well worth it as I continue to chronicle our wee man: http://www.jnack.com/finnegan/ --J.]

  • Richard Earney — 11:21 PM on July 29, 2008

    And the Canon 1000D! :)
    [Seriously. The 5D is pushing 3 years old, and I've started throwing my budget behind good Canon glass. Can a brother get a new Canon full-frame or what? --J.]

  • Aaron Spence — 6:46 AM on July 30, 2008

    Outstanding, picked up my D700 last week and had to use NX to open files.. not fun. Now I can start shooting panoramas and putting them through our photoshop automated workflows with the D700… yay :)
    Thanks, Aaron.

  • thorsten wulff — 8:11 AM on August 01, 2008

    works great with the 700, I especially like the availability of the camera profiles in the calibration panel…

  • John — 8:40 AM on August 02, 2008

    I’ve downloaded ACR 4.5 and it didn’t open my Nikon D700 files. What’s happening?
    John
    [The ACR installation instructions mention purging the Bridge cache as a possible solution to common ailments. I would start there. Also, please ensure that you've installed the plug-in into the correct spot:
    Mac: /Library/Application Support/Adobe/Plug-ins/CS3/File Formats/…
    Win: \Program Files\Common Files\Adobe\Plug-ins\CS3\File Formats\… --J.]

  • John — 7:15 PM on August 02, 2008

    Thanks for the quick response. I’ve got a Mac, by the way.
    1) It’s in the right place. And it’s version 4.5 (I checked the info file).
    2) I purged the cache for that subdirectory and it sees the jpgs, but doesn’t recognize the “type of file.”
    3) I restarted the computer today when I updated the OS, so it’s a fresh start.
    Any other ideas?
    [Thanks for the additional details. I don't know what's up, but I'll try to get more info from engineering/QE. --J.]

  • Ike — 7:33 AM on August 08, 2008

    I found it doesn’t work on the MAC either. What I do is hack the EXIF model key to say “Nikon D3″ and then use the DNG converter to convert the files to DNG.

  • John — 12:41 PM on August 21, 2008

    Any updates on my D700 dilemma?
    Thanks.

  • Hans van den Broek — 5:47 AM on August 31, 2008

    Why isn’t ADOBE just delivering the ‘plug-in’ for the D700 for LR 1.4.1
    [This happens every cycle: there's always some popular camera that comes out right after the end of a product's lifetime, but we have to draw the line somewhere. Time spent developing/testing old versions is time not spent making the product better. --J.]
    If it’s only a differnce in EXIF…
    I don’t want to be forced bij ADOBE to upgrade to LR2.0 just because of this
    And I certainly not want to e a file-juggler, from NEF to DNG etc…
    [DNG makes your files smaller & your settings more portable. Converting NEF->DNG takes
    Dear ADOBE...just deliver the plug-in....and than I might upgrade to LR 2.0

  • Scott Graham — 5:25 AM on September 01, 2008

    Why isn’t ADOBE just delivering the ‘plug-in’ for the D700 for LR 1.4.1
    *******
    Why isn’t Nikon delivering the plugin? They know all about the image algorithms and RAW format inside the camera etc. And they already provide an image converter I presume. It evidently just doesn’t interface with much useful? And why doesn’t the camera just put out DNG and get it over with? Then it would be forward and backward compatible, etc.
    Scott
    Why isn’t Nikon delivering the plugin? They know all about the image algorithms and RAW format inside the camera etc. And they already provide an image converter I presume. Tt evidently just doesn’t interface with much useful? And why doesn’t the camera just put out DNG and get it over with? Then it would be forward and backward compatible, etc.
    Scott

  • Leping Zha, Ph.D. — 12:59 AM on September 03, 2008

    As a well known photographer using both Canon and Nikon, I found Scott’s “reply” is very rude and self-centering. Everyone knows that the D700 NEF files are the same as the D3′s except for the one camera model tag. By his logic LightRoom should have been just an empty basket to let every camera manufacture to put in their own plug-ins. Adobe has been unkind to Nikon for many years,
    [What are you talking about?? I don't remember Adobe being the company that decided to encrypt the white balance data in photos. --J.]
    despite the fact that the Nikon’s newer offerings has far surpassed their competitor’s. Chinese Xinhua News Agency dumped all their Canon gears to switch to Nikon in January 2008, for example. But ACR/LR’s Nikon RAW conversion is still much inferior to they did for Canon, pushing us to use 3rd party products such as RAW Developer which does much better job and is partial to all the brands.
    Don’t think all photographers needs database management and can not use Aperture, or try to push them to buy LR 2.0. I for one doing fine art landscapes need to process less than one images per week and RAW Developer / DxO gave me much much more detailed film like results without the LR/ACR/Canon’s plasticy looking which is so famous in China where they invented a word to describe: “ROU”, literately means “meat” or “soft”. The slow-food approach gave me timeless fine arts not thousands of junk shots a day.

  • Scott Graham — 2:20 PM on September 03, 2008

    I am sorry. I did not mean to be rude, but I think that my point is valid. And I know what you mean about a camera’s raw conversion being better than ACR. My leaf software gives a far superior sharpness when enlarging images than CS.
    Actually this sort of proves the point. The camera manufacturer knows far better than an outsider what is going on within the camera, and hence can make the best raw converter. They could do that within the camera and output a DNG file perhaps?
    That Adobe provides RAW viewing and conversion is good customer service but probably not the best way to go.
    I will also second John’s comment: “what are you talking about?”.
    Scott
    [quoting Leping Zha below]
    As a well known photographer using both Canon and Nikon, I found Scott’s “reply” is very rude and self-centering. Everyone knows that the D700 NEF files are the same as the D3′s except for the one camera model tag. By his logic LightRoom should have been just an empty basket to let every camera manufacture to put in their own plug-ins. Adobe has been unkind to Nikon for many years,
    [What are you talking about?? I don't remember Adobe being the company that decided to encrypt the white balance data in photos. --J.]

  • Charlie — 11:49 PM on September 16, 2008

    Adobe, Nikon both got my money and now they are pointing to each other. It’s a shame.
    Nikon is stupid, they are loosing clients because of it. But dear Adobe, if you have any solution in Lightroom 2.0 to get raws from d700, why are you don’t backport to 1.4? (purchased just months ago)
    This is completely a Microsoft syndrome: “MS car requires MS gasoline” and “upgrade fast and often”
    Uff.
    [You don't have to upgrade; you can use the free DNG Converter. --J.]

  • cherrie — 10:19 PM on October 02, 2008

    I’ve downloaded the beta, but I still don’t get a preview of the image in bridge, only the icon for a NEF image… why? and what can I do do get the preview up and going?

  • Mallory — 9:20 AM on December 23, 2008

    I just got the D700 and at home for my personal photography we still use LR 1.4 (and had to convert everything to DNG). I used it last week for our company holiday party and LR 2.2 continues to crash constantly. Yet I’ve discovered when I go back to working on images from the D300 it’s just fine. Is this what you meant by not “officially” released yet? Is anyone else having this crashing problem with the D700? Seems it’s running out of memory even when there are no other programs/windows open on my computer (and I’m running a rather high-powered machine custom designed for heavy Adobe photoshop/lightroom work).

  • Quantum3 — 6:37 PM on March 07, 2009

    There is no comparisson between how Lightroom 2.3 reads a NEF file and how does the same Capture NX. In fact. Lightroom posterizes too much who knows why…
    [Please supply some example to verify your statement. --J.]

  • James — 5:15 AM on August 11, 2009

    To be sure I understand. As of now, August 2009, only CS3 can read the Nikon D700 and D90 files NEF files without having to convert to DNG? And only Lightroom 2 will read the NEF files not 1.4.1? I want to be sure I have to convert to Lightroom 2.0.

  • James — 2:12 PM on August 19, 2009

    Anyone have a comment?

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