Camera Raw/Lightroom: black & white canon raw shooting

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I use Canon raw and one of the great features I use is photographing in black/white. One of the astunnishing great features about this raw black and white is of course if I change idea after shooting a series of photoes I still have all the colour information if I should change my mind. On the other hand there are many other considrerations when you shoot in black and white concerning light and shadow, that I just wonder why photoshop and bridge for that matter doesn't support the black and white format but automatically convert my beutyfull black and white piece of art to a colorphoto. It's a shock to me. Perhaps you already have a solution for this. Else I think you should make some programming concerning this matter. Thanks for some great tools anyway.
Yours, Karsten
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Karsten, as you are aware the raw image is in colour from the sensor data. Adobe have chosen to read from raw files only the sensor data and white balance data for image processing (basically). Canon's picture controls are not read so in camera settings such as sharpness, colour mode, etc are not read, hence camera settings of b+w show as colour in Lightroom/ACR.
It just takes a different way of approaching the matter to think "this will be b+w" and use a b+w develop preset in Lightroom. Or shoot raw+jpeg and import both files into Lightroom where you can see the b+w jpeg next to the raw - which will be in colour.
Personally I decide in Lightroom which images I'll make b+w and make as Virtual Copy with b+w applied so it's easy to compare b+w and colour side by side.

Hope that helps you understand.
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Canon's (and other camera makers') picture controls are also in proprietary, undocumented form -- so Adobe can't really use them.
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Given the fact that even Camera Raw's color image is a different rendition than the camera manufacturer's, and the fact that the black and white tag might not be very difficult to discover, would an option to get the Adobe default Black and White conversion when such tag is found on an image be a good starting point?

After that, I believe that Eric Chan & co could characterize each manufacturer's black and white settings, like they did for the color ones...

But the time of the team should maybe be spent on new technology rather than waste a lot of time emulating someone else's vision of what should be the default black and white conversion...