What happened to lens profiles?

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How do I find out what has happenned to lens profiles I previously added to past LR versions specifically last desktop standalone version.
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This couldn't possibly be a file format issue, could it? Lens profiles are format-specific, and most profiles are created for raw images. If you already know this, I apologize.
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Not so much a format issue as it is a camera/lens manufacturer issue. Lightroom does adjustment for non-raw files but with a caveat that the adjustment may not be accurate and in some cases can cause issues. Also if you go out and look at the lens profile database you will find it is very heavily Nikon and Canon primarily I presume because they produce more lenses than anyone else and not lenses are produced for Nikon and Canon. It is just pure economics.

That said,I am looking for profiles I created and I cannot find. It seems to me LR handled lens profiles differently prior to going to this new so called "ecosystem" I call simply subscription model. I think I added them as I would a preset. I've got to find my notes.
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How did you add them to past LR versions? That'll determine where they're stored.
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Will let you know when I find my notes. If memory serves, a big if, I used a 3rd party software to build the profiles. I think maybe they were built as template files as opposed to presets. But I honestly don't remember. Just know I can't find them. It might have even been something Adobe offered because I know Adobe discontinued the free profile builder they used to offer for download I don't know why. So maybe it's possible LR no longer recognizes them?
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Please see John's post below. You two are saying something different or am I misinterpreting each of you?
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The free Lens Profile Creator tool is still available, it's just the Lens Profile Downloader (for borrowing other people's profiles) that's not.

The locations Johan listed below are the currently-correct locations for custom profiles in LR, and have been since LR4. Way back in the LR3 days, they could also go in C: \ Users \ [your username] \ AppData \ Local \ Adobe \ CameraRaw \ LensProfiles \
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In the past, you could add custom lens profiles to the folder that is used for the default profiles. In newer versions, you must add these profiles to the user folder for lens profiles. If you add them to the default profile folder they will not show. So most likely your custom profiles are in the default folder, and you'll have to move them to the user folder.

You do not say which OS you use, so here are the locations for both Mac and Windows:
Windows Default—C:\ ProgramData \ Adobe \ CameraRaw \ LensProfiles
Windows User—C: \ Users \ [your username] \ AppData \ Roaming \ Adobe \ CameraRaw \ LensProfiles
Mac Default—Macintosh HD / Library / Application Support / Adobe/ CameraRaw / LensProfiles
Mac User—Macintosh HD / Users / [your username] / Library / Application Support / Adobe / CameraRaw / LensProfiles
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"I don't understand why that read me file says PUT YOUR FILES HERE but you say don't?"

Like I said, that is obsolete. It's probably a left-over from the time that you did have put the custom profiles there, but that is no longer true.
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Like I said, the file is dated 8/19. I wasn't trying to be contentious. So no need to be snarky! Just don't understand why in subsequent updates it wasn't removed? After all if that was put in when the subscription model was started there's been ample opportunity to remove it. And, like I said, you don't work for Adobe or do you? How is the average user supposed to distinguish between what to ignore and not to? Do you know if Adobe has anything in say in a FAQ that explains where to put profiles and that documents the readme is out dated?
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I’m sorry, but I have no desire to continue this conversation. I’m not being snarky, I’m just trying to explain what I know and trying to help you solve your problem. If that is not appreciated, so be it, but then I am not going to waste any more time on it.
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> Do you know if Adobe has anything in say in a FAQ that explains where to put profiles and that documents the readme is out dated?

The documentation for the Lens Profile Creator has the correct locations listed. They're the same locations listed by Johan above, and have been the same since its release.
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> Do you know if Adobe has anything in say in a FAQ that explains where to put profiles and that documents the readme is out dated?

The documentation for the Lens Profile Creator has the correct locations listed. They're the same locations listed by Johan above, and have been the same since its release.
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Edmund, in my response to Victoria I said the Adobe profile maker had been discontinued. And, I don't think the LR catalog back up includes profiles or presets. Besides, I only keep a backup for 1 year at most because I have backup a catalog every time I exit.
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Hi GEGjr. I see Victoria addressed your comment on Adobe's Profile Maker above, so nothing for me to add there.

Regarding your backups, if you can't find the old lens profiles in your backup, then I can't think of anything else to recommend. It is a custom lens profile, so would only be specific to you: Adobe won't have been responsible for keeping a copy.

If you can't build a new custom profile with Adobe Profile Maker, then it sounds like your next step is to take it up directly with Adobe Support. Good luck!..
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I know all that but thanks anyway. Perhaps I didn't word my question very well. All I was asking is if anyone might have a similar issue, missing profiles, and found them. I was really just wondering if maybe someone might know where Adobe might have put them during the upgrade from the last stand-alone LR to the new subscription model.
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> if maybe someone might know where Adobe might have put them during the upgrade from the last stand-alone LR to the new subscription model.

They haven't moved since LR4.
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I'm not talking about the default locations- Is it possible the installation program deleted, zipped or stored them a different location, like when during installation of a new version the current catalog is appended with a number in case the new upgraded catalog is not right.
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> Is it possible the installation program deleted, zipped or stored them a different location

No. Lightroom will not have moved them. You may have some other "tidy up" software running on your computer, but the installer doesn't mess with custom lens profiles.