Upload a sample file to Dropbox (or similar) and post the link here. We can take a look to see what might be going on.
The NEF files are not the problem. It is something that has changed in the latest Lightroom release and
what it is doing when it imports into its database as opposed to the previous version which was just fine
yesterday. I had made a copy of a NEF that previously imported and displayed the lens model properly,
put it into a new location and imported it into Lightroom. It also, does not display the lens model in the
It seems to do with the EXIF data display. If I go to the Lens Correction and enable it, the proper lens
is auto detected. The EXIF display in the Library module simply does not display lens model on new
imports. This throws a wrench into my workflow as I used to be able to just check the lens in the EXIF
data in the Library module and switch to the Develop module and select a preset based on the lens.
I suppose I could upload a file, however, I really do not want to allow any public access to any of my
cloud based services. With a file that is 22MB, what would be another upload alternative?
Again, all was just fine until the update I installed this morning.
Also, in addition, if I open the recently imported NEFs that do not display lens model in Lightroom
in Bridge CC, Bridge CC displays the lens model!
I suppose I could upload a file, however, I really do not want to allow any public access to any of my cloud based services. With a file that is 22MB, what would be another upload alternative?
In Dropbox, you could put it in your Public folder, which by default is readable by anyone -- that won't affect all your private folders.
In Google Drive, you could right-click the file, click Get Link, then Sharing Settings, then in the drop select More..., then select On - Anyone With The Link. This will affect just that file, not any of your other files.
Other services have similar features.
It is something that has changed in the latest Lightroom release and what it is doing when it imports into its database as opposed to the previous version which was just fine yesterday.
Sharing a sample file will let others take a look and, if it looks like there's a bug, make it more likely Adobe will be able to reproduce the problem and fix it.
I believe this should get the file:
Note: This file was imported into Lightroom CC with the previous version and its EXIF data in Lightroom
still displays the lens model. I made a copy of this file, placed it in a different location, and when
imported does not display lens model in the EXIF data. The lens model is still auto detected when
enabling the Lens Correction. BTW, this is the Mac version.
Thanks. A couple of others have recently reported the same problem in a bug report in the official Adobe feedback forum: Lightroom: Lens metadata field missing on import | Photoshop Family Customer Community. So far it appears to be limited to Nikon NEFs (from several different camera models). I added your sample file to that topic. But please add your vote and opinion to the topic, to make it more likely that Adobe will prioritize a fix.
I encountered the same problem and have found no work around solution. I don't know how to get Adobe's attention to fix this error in the latest edition, 2015.5.
A bug report has already been filed: Lightroom: Lens metadata field missing on import | Photoshop Family Customer Community. Adobe's Chief Customer Advocate has acknowledged the issue: "We're able to repro here as well. Engineering is investigating. Thanks!". Nevertheless, it's important that you add your vote and opinion to that bug report to make it more likely Adobe will prioritize a fix.
Same thing happening to me since I installed the Lightroom 6.5 update on April 2. EXIF shows my lens for all my photos prior to that date. Since then, there's not even a line item for "Lens" in EXIF! So this has been going on for months and still not fixed???