Bridge: Lens data not displaying

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In Bridge I can see the lens data in the metadata area for PSD files, but it appears as No Lens in the Filter Criteria I have a screen print but no idea how to add it here!
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Stephen Marsh

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I have not had time to look. A work around would be to use a smart collection.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I see the same issue, but with not only my PSD files, but also my camera files. I've heard others say the same. I can take 12 pictures in a row with my iPhone, and maybe only one will be identified in the Filter menu. The rest will be No Lens. Maybe the folder will have them all identified and separated by focal length in the Filter list, including No Lens and No Focal Length for one of them. If I've used Bridge to rename them, I seem not to get anything at all showing up in the Filter menu much of the time. Save as a TIF and I'm back to No Lens even if it did show up with the original JPG.

 With my Nikon lenses, unless I have multiple lenses in a folder, I only get to ask for focal length. But I don't get the No Lens designation when I do have multiple lenses in a folder, the way I do with the iPhone.

With PSD files, I get  mixed results. I'll get the Lens category showing in the Filter menu so long as I've 2 or more lenses used in a folder. Some, but not all, will be designated by their lens. Some will list as No Lens, despite the fact that everything else recognizes the lens. I'll even get the 0.0 lens for my old manual lenses. And yet a common 24-120 lens is now a No Lens. At least Bridge seems to have the sense to say that if I have a No Lens lens, it also has No Focal Length <BG>

Since I use the metadata when I want to see what lens I was using, it hasn't affected me. By using Cmd-F to bring up the search dialog, choosing All Metadata contains, then using the Lens Specification for a particular Nikon lens, I was able to turn up a No Lens lens in the results. So Stephen has the right idea. Since Bridge is rather inconsistent,  making a Smart Collection based on that criteria should be a reasonable workaround.
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I think it's something you're doing in post that strips the lens info from the image.

I did some poking around just now, and saw that my "in progress" images (have had a little bit of post-processing, but not yet finished) are pretty hit-or-miss.  They are all saved as TIFFs.

Some have the following fields:

Focal Length
Focal Length in 35mm film
Lens
Max Aperture Value

Others only have these:

Focal Length
Focal Length in 35mm film
Max Aperture Value

The images from the first group show up in Filter Criteria under "Lens."  Typical values are e.g. "14.0-24.0 mm f/2.8" and "24.0-70.0 mm f/2.8"

Images from the second group are all grouped under "No Lens"

Checking my RAW files, I see that the "Lens" field is populated on all of the images that are in the second group, and show up as expected in the Filter Criteria.

My conclusion:  there is something I'm doing to some of my images, but not all of them, in post that strips out the "Lens" field.
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> there is something I'm doing to some of my images, but not all of them, in post that strips out the "Lens" field.>

Except that wasn't true in the past. It's only true now, or in the past several months, anyway, and it's completely random. If I go back to older photos, only my old fixed lens P&S has the No Lens designation. None of my PSD files from my Nikons have that that I have been able to find. In one folder with recent photos, all the flattened files I used for printing have No Lens, but none of the exact same files with layers intact do. Go figure. . .
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Thank you for your replies. I think t is something inconsistent in Bridge/Photoshop, but I guess that as Adobe seem to be more interested in Lightroom than Bridge, it wont get sorted out.
Thanks for the suggested workarounds, they are much appreciated.
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It will get sorted out eventually, I think. Adobe, in my opinion, dropped the ball on developing Bridge for quite a long time, and now they're trying to dig their way out of the problem. They've refocused on Bridge, but it IS going to take some time to make it both responsive AND have all the features we need it to have. On top of which, they have to keep up with any major changes in CC versions. It's going to take a massive effort, but Bridge is too valuable for them not to make that effort.