Lightroom/Camera Raw: Incorrect lens name for Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art

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After recent update of Lightroom which adds profiles for the new Zeiss Milvus lens, my photos taken with the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 art lens, when imported to Lightroom, now displays the lens as Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4 instead of the Sigma one.And the profile that lightroom selected by default is the Zeiss one instead of Sigma one. The profile issue is minor, since I can manually select the Sigma profile and save it as default. However, a bigger issues is while searching photos. For example, is I want to see all photos taken with the Sigma 50mm lens, then those tagged as Zeiss lens won't show up.Previously, the Sigma 50mm are simply named as "50mm" in LR, which is a bit annoying but not a big problem since other 50mm Canon lens I have display their real names.A closer look of the files by Exiftool tells me that probably both the Sigma and Zeiss lenses use the same Lens ID (I believe it's the Canon 35mm f/1.4 L's lens ID). The exiftool shows "Lens ID : Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A or Zeiss Milvus 50mm f/1.4"Is there anyway that I can configure LR so that for this particular lens ID, it will always be identified as the Sigma lens instead of the Zeiss lens?
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Chris Castleberry, Camera Raw Engineer

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Hi Peter,

EXIF lens data is read-only in Lightroom and Adobe Bridge. I don't recall offhand why we chose to keep these properties as read-only, but there was potentially a good reason for that. You could use a command line tool such as exiftool to manually edit/update this metadata, which should be reflected in the Adobe products. 

The short list of Nikon profiles you mention makes me think you are attempting to apply a profile to a JPEG and not a NEF raw file.

Also, for the record, the second part of the original issue here (resolving images with prior edits) has been resolved for a few releases. 


- Chris