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Mon, Aug 27, 2018 7:26 PM

Lightroom Classic: Tethering with Sony A7III

I have not found a recent thread on the this topic, so I will ask.

How do get my Sony A7III to tether in to Lightroom? I have switched to Sony after being a Canon shooter for over 20 years. In recent years, tethering has become a must. If I can't figure this out, then moving on to another software will also be a must.

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2 years ago

Conventional Tethered capture via Lightroom is supported for the group of cameras listed in this document: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/tethered-camera-support.html

Additionally, you can also ingest images via the camera manufacturer's software by using an Auto-Import via a watched folder. You should be able to use Sony Remote Software to capture into a folder for Lightroom to watch. 
 

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2 years ago

Sony does not currently provide a camera SDK to allow Lightroom to control the Sony camera. Check with Sony if they provide a tether plug-in for Lightroom. Or you could try the Auto-Import workaround as Rikk suggested.

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2 years ago

I recently tested tethering via Capture One and my Sony A73.  Seemed to work fine on my MacBook Pro.  I pay the monthly fee for Capture One because it tethers extremely well, much better than Lightroom at the time I was testing a couple years ago.  

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PhaseOne has a Sony-specific Capture One.  I wonder if it was developed with some sort of exclusive agreement between P1 and Sony and as such isn't open to other vendors.  Sony had an SDK but the last news is from 2015 and their beta SDK gives a page not found, error.  https://www.phaseone.com/en/Products/Software/Capture-One-Pro/Sony-Pro.aspx

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The Sony Camera Remote API SDK provided wireless tethering, not cable tethering. A number of years ago, an Adobe employee indicated on this forum that Adobe engineering found it didn't meet their needs.  Regardless, the SDK has been discontinued (though you can still download it):

https://developer.sony.com/file/download/sony-camera-remote-api-beta-sdk-2/

"Sony Camera Remote API beta SDKMARCH 7, 2017 | 3.03 MB
CAMERAREMOTEAPIBETA_SDK_2.40.ZIP

"The Camera Remote API has been discontinued and no longer provides updates or active support. ..."

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2 years ago

Wow! Thank you for all for the quick and informative replies.  I did get the Sony Remote Software connected to the Lightroom watch folder and working. While it works, it is much more of a pain than shooting directly into LR. Hopefully, Sony will start to play nice with Adobe some day soon.

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2 years ago

Without the public camera SDK, camera vendors were able to build tether solution based on Lightroom's SDK.

See Fuji one http://www.fujifilm.com/support/digital_cameras/software/hsv5/plugin_01/ and Leica http://us.leica-camera.com/World-of-Leica/Leica-News/Global/2016/Software-Update_Leica-SL

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2 years ago

There IS a workaround.  I simply installed Imaging Edge from Sony in order to capture images remotely, tethered to my PC.  Then you simply tell Lightroom to auto import from the folder to which Imaging edge is writing them.  There is a short delay but works like a charm.

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Thanks for this workaround. Works great for me. Don't really sense much delay.

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9 months ago

There is a much better approach to resolve the tethering problem between Lightroom and Sony cameras - use Capture One (Sony). It works without any workarounds and without delays related to export/import. Just press the shutter button and images appear right in one app. This way you can skip opening multiple Sony app and all of the configuration of Sony/Lightroom folders and auto-export/import.
While Adobe is working hard on their software to finally work, you can use a single app right now.