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Will Canon 5d Mark III Raw files work with Lightroom 3

Feb 20, 2013 1:55 PM

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I have just tried to upload Raw files from a Canon 5d Mark III to Lightroom 3.  The file were not recognised.  I believe there were some update issues but my Lightroom 3 is updated.  Do I need to get Lightroom 4?  I need to know urgently as I have a shoot tomorrow and will go back to my Mrk II if I can't get an update for Lightroom 3.

 

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    Aug 18, 2012 5:05 PM   in reply to ben_c77

    The last version of LR3 was updated last December, and the 5D.3 is newer than that, so yes you need LR4. 

     

    You can download the LR4 trial ( or just the LR 4.1 update from www.adobe.come/downloads/updates/ ) and have 30 days before you need to purchase and input a serial number.

     

    The other choice is to use the DNG Converter 7.1 that knows about your new camera but allows the converted DNGs to open in LR3.

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 5:06 PM   in reply to ben_c77

    LR3 DOES NOT support Canon 5D3, 1Dx, Nikon D800 or Nikon D4.

     

    Newer cameras wont work in it, and require LR4 for RAW processing (Tethering in LR4 STILL is not supported)

     

    However,

    LR4 is massively buggy, and slow to a point where it is practically unuseable for anything other than a handful of images to edit.

    Also, LR4 will not tether to the new cameras (for that, try ANY of the competing professional software, Aperture, Capture One - They work just fine)

     

    You can, convert your 5D3 files to DMG, and then open them in LR3 that way, or you can get LR4 and deal with it's massively awful slow issues that Adobe has still not resolved 5.5 months after launch, or you can use other software.

     

    Those are your options.

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 5:09 PM   in reply to jameskachan

    LR4 is not slow for most people, I don’t think, but obviously you would want to check how it works on your computer, tonight, so you know if you need to deal with using the DNG Converter, tomorrow, or not.

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 5:15 PM   in reply to ssprengel

    It's slow for a massive amount of people, run a google search, forum after forum after forum of complaints.

     

    I dont personally know a single working professional that is having positive speed results from the software.

    But I sure know first hand how bad it is.

     

    Sprengel, do you not have any issues?

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 5:33 PM   in reply to jameskachan

    Mine runs fine.  I have seen people on this forum say theirs runs fine, even as recently as yesterday, for even huge D800 images, but others have many-second delays on very fast systems, so there is a big problem with LR4 for some users, yes, which is why it is wise to check the trial on a particular computer to make sure it works ok.

     
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    Aug 18, 2012 6:44 PM   in reply to jameskachan

    LR4.1 is running fine for me on Win 7. No issues to date.

     
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    Aug 19, 2012 12:18 AM   in reply to jameskachan

    jameskachan wrote:

     

    It's slow for a massive amount of people, run a google search, forum after forum after forum of complaints.

    A tiny - and extremely vocal - subset of the total Lr user base.

     

    No issues here, and I know pros who are as happy as a clam with Lr.

     

    It is not - by any stretch of the imagaination - "massively buggy".

     
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    Aug 19, 2012 12:30 AM   in reply to jameskachan

    Not Sprengel, but I don't have any current issues with LR4.1 on my fast homebuilt desktop PC, nor on my much cheaper Samsung laptop. But I did do various things after upgrading from 3 to 4 which speeded things up.

     

    bob Frost

     
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    Aug 29, 2012 12:48 PM   in reply to bob frost

    Runs fine on my two year old custom built Windows PC and newer Dell Laptop.  No issues.

     
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