.NEF files handling by Camera Raw from a soft to another

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Hi, a simple question : when I open a .NEF files from Lightroom to PS CS5, with both Camera Raw plug-in 6.4.1, the file opened in PS does not process into Camera Raw, however it opens as a .NEF files in PS CS5.
Here's the question : is the file opened a real .NEF, nor some kind of Tiff with the extension .NEF ?
Because clearly the file doesn't have the possibility of a RAW file, it's open in a 16Bits/RCB matrix, so I'm questionning myself.

Oh, and my .NEF open from LR to PS doesn't keep their lenses corrections from one soft to another.
Is there anything to do to keep these settings from LR to PS ?

Thanks for reading.
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What version of LR are you using: LR 3.4.1 or something earlier?

When LR and PS are compatible versions, then when you go from LR to PS, PS will use silently use ACR to open the file from LR with LR-specific settings. You can set the bit-depth and color-space of the silent use of ACR in the LR preferences.

When you open the RAW file with PS without using LR, you'll see ACR and ACR will use whatever settings are in the XMP sidecar file along with the bit-depth and color-space set in ACR preferences.

Whether these two openings of the RAW file are the same once they get to PS depends on whether you have LR writing settings to the XMP file, and if not then whether you've changed things in ACR since you imported into LR.

Regardless of which ACR-into-PS route you go, the silent via LR or the obvious using PS or Bridge, once you're in the PS interface (beyond any ACR) you'll be adjusting an RGB file in PS, not the RAW data.

As far as keeping the lens-corrections, did you set them in LR or in ACR, and do you have automatic XMP-writing turned on in LR?
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In my tests, the Lens Corrections are maintained between Lightroom and Photoshop. If that's not working for you, then some more information would be useful. In addition to all of the questions that Steve asked, I would also ask:

1. What OS are you using?
2. What version of Photoshop are you using?
3. What version of ACR is installed?
4. How are you transitioning between programs? In other works, are you selecting a photo in Lightroom, and choosing Photo>Edit In>Edit in Adobe Photoshop, or are you doing something else?
5. Are other develop settings maintained and only the lens corrections are lost?
6. What lens were the images shot with? Does this happen with all lenses or just some?