Lightroom: How do I apply lens profiles during import?

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How can I apply lens profiles for different lenses during import? I shoot with mainly 3 lenses and want to import my images with appropriate applied lens profiles rather than having to go through my images after import and manually apply the profiles.
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Joel Weisbrod

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Simple actually.
Go to the Lens Correction Panel
Mark the Enable Profile Corrections checkbox
Change the pull-down to "Auto"
Click the plus sign on the preset  panel
Click the "Check None" button
Mark the Lens Profile Checkbox on the Preset panel
Save the preset with a name (e.g. "Auto lens Correction"
On your next Import...
on the Apply During Import Panel, set the Develop settings pull down to your new "Auto Lens Correction" preset.
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Hi Joel,
Thanks for that. I've spent a lot of time Googling this and this is the first time it makes sense. 
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My thanks in addition Joel. 
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Yep, great and clear information
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Hi again,
It worked fine initially but then the "Auto" couldn't find my lens profiles although they're all in the pull-down menu. Weird! When I look at the Metadata drop-down it tells me I have a Sigma or Tamron lens and one unknown lens. They are both in fact Sigma. Weird!
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Compare the lens description in the Metadata panel of Library mode to the lens description in the Lens profile pull-down. They need to be exactly the same for LR to find the match. Post the exact (use copy and paste) description in the metadata panel so I can look in my lens profile list to compare as well.
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You'll have to forgive me but I can't find a way of copying and pasting from the Metadata panel so I'll have to copy it for you.  
The lens is a Sigma 17-70mm f2-8-4 DC Macro OS HSM  set to Adobe Pentax
This lens shows up as "unknown" in the drop down metadata panel/library module


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Okay, I think the issue is the way your camera is reporting the EXIF data. The MAKE does not match anything in the lens profile database due to the RICOH instead of PENTAX. So, try this:
With an image selected that uses the lens in question...
Go to Lens Corrections
Choose DEFAULT
Choose Make: Sigma
Choose Model: Pick your lens (17-70mm f2-8-4 DC Macro OS HSM)
Click the Profile Pull-Down and choose the Pentax Profile for this lens
Now, you will see Custom next to Setup:
Choose set New Lens Profile Defaults.

Now, change the Preset to use "DEFAULT" instead of AUTO

Form here forward, LR should find and use the proper profile.

You will need to do this for every lens you have for this camera.
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In any of my own presets which include applying lens corrections I use the "Default" setting rather than "Auto". "Default" will do the same as "Auto", but it additionally allows you to customise the settings for specific lenses. For example, if "Auto" or "Default" can't find a lens, or finds the wrong profile (more often with third party lenses), you can select the correct profile from the pop-up menus below, then save it as the default lens for the future (use the Setup pop-up again and choose "Save New Lens Profile Defaults"). So a preset with "Default" in the Lens Correction panel will then find the manually selected profiles as well as the correct automatically selected profiles.
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I am not sure it works this way. I am thinking that Lightroom has only 1 default Lens Profile and if set to default, there is no selection, it simply uses the last settings saved as default. If you do 5 lenses and save them all as default, LR will use the last one saved as default for any images where this is applied regardless of the lens used. All others are overridden each time you save a new one.

If you save one lens as the default, and then use AUTO, LR will try to match the lens in the EXIF and if it finds no match, it will use the settings last saved as default.

If it does not work this way, please let me know!!!!
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Not quite Joel. It's a per-lens default.


Auto leaves Lightroom to search for a matching profile automatically. If it can’t find a matching profile, either because the profile doesn’t exist yet, or because it doesn’t have enough information in the photo’s EXIF data, the pop-ups remain blank.

Default does the same, but also allows you to customize the settings for specific lenses. For example, if Auto can’t find a lens because it doesn’t have enough information, you can select the correct profile from the pop-up menus below and save it as a default for the future. From then on, whenever you select Default for a photo with that camera/lens combination, it applies your new default lens setting. It’s also useful if you have multiple profiles for a lens—perhaps one provided by Adobe and one you’ve created yourself—and you want to automatically select one of these profiles.

Custom
means that you’ve manually changed the profile or one of the Amount sliders.
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So, why is there an AUTO setting? If default will search for a match in the supplied profiles and then in my "custom default profiles", why even have the "AUTO" setting? Does AUTO search supplied Adobe profiles first and then locally created defaults while DEFAULT searches locally supplied first and then Adobe supplied?
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Default applies the preset you've chosen, or the auto preset if you haven't chosen one.

Even if you've set a custom default, on occasion you might want to try Adobe's default, which is why there's an auto setting. Realistically you could probably live without, but that's the difference (just the same as there's a Reset and a Reset Adobe setting for all Develop settings).
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Thanks for taking the time to explain this. As all my lenses are Nikon PRO series, AUTO has always found the lens and the Adobe profiles work just fine for me. I will play around a little bit with this, especially using the default setting!

Thanks again!!!!!!
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Setting lens Setup to Default tells LR to select the custom-default you've defined for EACH lens if any, otherwise just Auto select the profile, so there are two steps, setting a default lens profile for a lens, and setting the lens Setup to Default instead of Auto.
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Thanks!
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Thank you all for your help. The Default setting seems to work now and I have learnt a lot about the pros and cons of applying automatic lens corrections.