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Lightroom Classic: Tether Camera Support Requests and Information

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Tethered Capture is a feature of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom allowing the direct connection of your camera to the Lightroom desktop environment. Images are imported into your Lightroom catalog as they are captured via the connected camera. 

New camera support for reading the raw files is generally added quickly after a camera is released by its manufacturer.  New camera support can be verified here: https://helpx.adobe.com/camera-raw/kb/camera-raw-plug-supported-cameras.html. Additional information regarding new camera support can be found at this link: http://blogs.adobe.com/crawlspace/2011/03/why-doesnt-my-version-of-photoshop-or-lightroom-support-my-camera.html

Tethered support for a particular camera model normally follows a version or two after the raw file support. Adobe relies on the manufacturer’s (Nikon & Canon) SDK (Software Development Kit) to facilitate the tethering of your camera to Lightroom. The timing of the release of a manufacturer’s support via their SDK greatly affects the time to release for tethered support. In addition, Adobe goes through a rigorous process of integrating the functionality of the SDK and tests tethering before support is announced. Information about Leica support can be found here: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/tethering-with-nikon-and-leica

To see if your camera is supported for tethering on your version of Lightroom, refer to this document: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html

If your camera is listed but your Lightroom version is too old, you may need to update or upgrade to enable tethering.

If your camera is not listed, and your camera’s raw file isn't supported, you would need to check with the camera’s manufacturer to see if they support tethering via their SDK. 

Note: Not all camera manufacturers or models will necessarily receive tether support.
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Sony RAW files and lenses are currently supported by Lightroom, and have been for a while. If it is the case that tethered support for cameras follows after RAW support, does that mean we can expect tethered support for Sony cameras soon?

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no... sony won't give up the connection codes to Adobe so it can be done...

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Sony has provided an SDK for wireless tethering for three years.  See this thread for detailed discussion and links: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/no_tethered_support_for_sony_900?topic-reply-...

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Thanks John –  I've tried that already. It's a decent workaround, but I was just wondering why Adobe hadn't yet offered support for Sony tethering. 

Thanks again.

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By "SDK", I mean the code library that app developers can use to access the camera remotely.  Adobe, or a plug-in developer, could use that SDK to tether Sony cameras directly to LR.  

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The SDK is for wireless tethering only, which requires you to use the built in Smart Remote Control app and connect directly to the camera's access point network. https://developer.sony.com/2013/11/29/how-to-develop-an-app-using-the-camera-remote-api-2/comment-pa...

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Correct.

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How often does Adobe update that document. I find it strange that Capture One can tether to my Sony A99 and Adobe can't. Damage done I'm using Capture One and glad I am, still would use Lightroom, but they need to fix this.

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The list of cameras supported for tethering is kept up-to-date.

From the discussion in this topic over the years, it's clear that Adobe has decided not to support tethering of Sony cameras (either wired or wireless).   Sony provides a publicly available wireless tethering SDK, but an Adobe employee indicated here that it didn't meet the requirements of LR product developers (without giving any details).  Sony doesn't provided a publicly available wired tethering SDK like Canon and Nikon do.

Capture One has a business relationship with Sony, which includes wired tether support and bundling Capture One Express Sony with Sony cameras.  No one who knows authoritatively has explained why Adobe and Sony don't have a tethering business relationship.

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When can we expect to be able to use tethered capture to LR from Pentax K-1 via wi-fi ? The camera has now been out for two years .

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Wired tethering for the Pentax K-1 is available via a plugin: http://www.ricoh-imaging.co.jp/english/support/download_digital.html

I don't believe Lightroom itself provides wireless tethering for any camera.

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Thanks for your reply , there was discussion on a Pentax forum which seemed to suggest there was a plugin to enable wireless tethering in LR , and I had searched the Adobe downloads looking for it .

The Pentax Image Transmitter software , with tethering plugin , only supports wired tethering , even though the camera has built-in wi-fi which can support tethering and remote operation ( and does via mobile apps ) .

Given that the Pentax Image Transmitter software only supports wired tethering , I baulk at its high cost - if it did what I wanted it would be a different matter .

Anyway , thanks for your time and your reply .

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Looks like Ricoh just announced developer SDKs for tethering Pentax cameras: 
https://www.pentaxforums.com/articles/pentax-news/ricoh-releases-sdk-for-pentax-cameras.html

But strangely, when you read the details, the SDKs only support wireless tethering for iOS and Android, not Mac or Windows.

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That's how it currently is with the Pentax apps already available : mobile devices only .
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@Rikk  Lo que pasa es que no es aceptable la manera de tratar Adobe a Olympus, y lo trata como la oveja negra, teniendo limitaciones, no me crea un flujo de trabajo para mis sesiones de fotos, dejaré de usar Adobe en los proximos dias. su negligencia es continua y sus directrices con Olympus OM-D 5 Mark II me deja sin palabras, si no hay anclaje con Olympus me doy de baja

Google Translate:

@Rikk What happens is that the way Adobe treats Olympus is not acceptable, and it treats it like the black sheep, having limitations, it does not create a workflow for my photo sessions, I will stop using Adobe in the next few days . her negligence is continuous and her guidelines with Olympus OM-D 5 Mark II leaves me speechless, if there is no anchor with Olympus I unsubscribe

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@Rikk  No es tan oficial, la respuesta, lo usais para no dar soporte de algo que tenia que estar activado por defecto cuando usas el programa que para eso pago.,

Google Translate: 

It is not so official, the answer, you use it to not support something that had to be activated by default when you use the program that I pay for.,

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@Rikk I'm afraid that you missed the point. Lightroom Classic tethering just doesn't work reliably. Your professional photographers have either migrated to Capture 1 or have had to by Tether Tools because LR can't sync to a camera. I'm using a Sony a7R4 and it just won't tether. It suggests I turn the camera off and on or reboot my PC. Instead, I just spin up Tether Tools and get on with my shoot. It would be nice if LR Classic actually worked, but I guess that's too much to ask.

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@Rikk Nunca a funcionado, está limitado y capada la acción con las cámaras que no son Canon, así de claro. Mentir mucho en Adobe

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@huw_morgan_3542288 There's a very good reason your Sony "just won't tether to Lightroom"... it isn't designed to. Here's the list of cameras supported for tethering: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/tethered-camera-support.html.

Adding tethering support requires assistance from the manufacturers, usually by means of publishing an SDK, as well as a large enough market share to make it worth the engineering time.

This thread is a feature request thread for Adobe to add support for additional cameras but for now, Tether Tools is the recommended solution for Sony.

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No soporta Fuji  XT3. No merece la pena pagar por algo que esta capado, sin funcionar. 

Por eso los fotografos se pasan a Capture One 21  

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Hi @Victoria_Bampton_Lightroom_Queen ,

this is not correct: your can perfectly tether with Sony Cameras if you just use Capturte One.

So it's not that this is impossible - yes, from the SDK point of view it's not designed, but the Sony Cameras themselves can do it.

If Adobe would like to integrate this there will be a way getting Sony to disclose the needed API to Adobe...

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Están limitadas la mayoría de las cámaras 

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I shoot with the Nikon Z6ii and since november waiting for the tethering option.... This takes way too long to be updated!!!!!!!

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@Nacidolibrefoto

Fuji have chosen to create their own plugins independent of Lightroom. $29 for the ordinary version, and I think $89 for the pro version with Live View. They're available on the Adobe Exchange. They've never made a public SDK for anyone else to make plugins, so for this talk to Fuji. 

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@Alina Bruechmann Sorry, yes, I see that sentence could be read multiple ways. I'm not saying it's not possible for the cameras to tether. I'm saying LIGHTROOM isn't designed to tether with Sony directly at this time, and nor does Adobe advertise that as a feature. The list of cameras supported for tether is limited.

C1 has come to a business agreement with Sony and has the access to information that they need to support Sony tethering. Adobe does not have such an arrangement at this time. Why exactly, we don't know. My suspicion is that Sony's agreement with C1 has an exclusivity clause, but who knows.

Victoria Bampton a.k.a. The Lightroom Queen

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Author of Adobe Lightroom Classic - The Missing FAQ and Adobe Lightroom - Edit Like a Pro books.

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Nikon D5 tethered shooting.

Need ability to tether Nikon D5 to Lightroom!

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled D500 tether support on LR CC.

Please add D500 tether support!

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Add Tethered Support for Sony cameras.

Is this that hard to Add?, I can't afford 7000.00 Nikon.
This is a key feature and one of the reasons I bought Lightroom.
Please help.

Thank You

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethered support in Lightroom for Nikon D500.

When will tethered support be available for the Nikon D500 in Lightroom?  I need this for my work, I upgraded to this camera and now can't use it until I can work tethered.

The only other option would be the Snapbridge IOS app, to view images on my Ipad, but that software isn't ready yet either!

Very frustrating.

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5 years ago

Digicamcontrol works with the D500 and is free...that might be a option while we wait?

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5 years ago

Doesn't Nikon have a version of tether software like Canon? I find the Canon software to be excellent. But use C1

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5 years ago

Yes, but unlike the Canon software, Nikon's is too expensive.

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5 years ago

Canon comes with the Camera free, LR is about $90-120, C1 is about $200-300.
How much is the Nikon sw?

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5 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Wish to tether Nikon 1 V3 camera to Lightroom.

I have a Nikon 1 V3 camera and have just acquired Lightroom for the first time. I find that the camera isn't on the supported tethering list. Is there a way to get it added to the list please?
Thanks

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4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Shooting tethered with Lightroom CC (2015) using Canon 5d mark iv.

Hi, I'd like to shoot in tethered mode with my Canon 5d mark iv with Lightroom CC (2015) (Mac OS X Yosemite). I know you guys are working on this - just wanted to add my encouragement

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4 years ago

Hi , I'd like to shoot in tethered mode using my Sony A77 mark 2 and my Sony A99 mark 2. Why no Sony's????

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While Sony does provide an SDK for tethering to cameras (wirelessly) and there are apps out there that use it, apparently Adobe has decided it doesn't meet their requirements for LR tethering.  See this topic for a detailed discussion of the issue: https://feedback.photoshop.com/photoshop_family/topics/no_tethered_support_for_sony_900

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You can also use Sony's Remote Camera Control to tether and download the tethered pics to a folder, and use LR's File > Auto Import to automatically import those pics into LR as they appear in the folder.

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4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Tethering in Lightroom with the Sony A7R2.

I would love to see native tethering support in Lightroom for the Sony A7R2. Currently in order to kind of tether to LR using the Sony A7R2, you're required to set up a watch folder and use Sony's Remote Camera Control App (a free Sony app) to fire the camera. I would love to have the ability to just open up LR, plug in my Sony and shoot tethered natively. In commercial photography, tethering is super important. LR has this feature, and works great on my Canon cameras, however adding support for other cameras like the Sony, would be great!

Because LR doesn't currently support tethering with the Sony A7R2, I've had to purchase & learn Capture One Pro just to tether with the Sony. That's all I use it for (currently). I'd love the ability to use LR instead if I had that as an option.

To take it a step further, we are all working more and more on mobile devices. I really love what Adobe is doing with LR Mobile. The ultimate tethering solution would be using a mobile device (like a tablet) and tethering to LR Mobile via Wifi or USB cable. It would also be great to have the ability to control the camera from the tablet, have live view available, the ability to keep your photos on the sd card in your camera, and also have the option to upload your RAW/jpeg previews to LR Mobile that would also sync to your desktop.

That said though, I'd just really like to use my Sony A7R2 and tether into LR natively without any workarounds. 

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4 years ago

I would also like tethered support for the Sony A7R2.

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4 years ago

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Support Sony tethering.

Given the rising popularity of Sony DSLR and mirrorless cameras, Adobe really should implement support allowing Sony shooters to tether using Lightroom. The Sony A7RII is one of the most used cameras, and has been out for several years. I'm surprised that Adobe has not already implemented this. I love Lightroom – I've been using it for years, and I use it to process all of my RAW files. It is, however, inefficient and costly to have to rely on CaptureOne (or some other software) for tethering, and Lightroom for editing. 

Please listen to your consumers – I know I'm not the only person asking for this.