Lightroom 6.1 Lens Profile / Image Rotation Bug

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After upgrading to LR CC 2015.1 (6.1), I began encountering an image partial rotation bug that seems to occur randomly. It seems it is sometime precipitated by zooming in on images, then zooming back out, although this might be a side effect of forcing the preview to be rendered. This happens even before any edits are made to the image - when only the default settings are applied. It looks like this, and the rotation occurs in all modules, leaving some of the image "off of the canvas."



This can be "fixed" by turning off the Lens Corrections in Develop. The main "Lens Corrections" panel needs to be disabled if Auto is turned on in the Basic panel, even if all of the checkboxes are unchecked. I have not tested other lenses or camera bodies - this was with a Nikon D810 and a Nikon 400mm f2.8 lens. I have never seen this prior to this release of LR.
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Perhaps somehow your LR defaults have been reconfigured to have Auto enabled in the Basic tab of Lens Corrections, right?

Does the rotation disappear if you set Basic to None instead of Auto?

I saw this because the white-balance card is squared up in the last photo and some of the rest are aligned on the cactus/sky edge near the middle or perhaps the blurred horizon.
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My defaults have not been reconfigured - they have been set the same way for ages and this has never occurred previously. Even at this nest, I'm shooting off a mounted camera with a ball head, and only a few out of a thousand or so images render this way. It took quite a while to narrow the problem down to the Auto setting in the Lens Corrections panel. Never happened before the upgrade.

Does the rotation disappear if you set Basic to None instead of Auto?

Yes.

I saw this because the white-balance card is squared up in the last photo and some of the rest are aligned on the cactus/sky edge near the middle or perhaps the blurred horizon.

It's "kinda" squared up - but not completely if you use the crop tool for the grid. And some of the others happen with no change in camera position in closely fired frames. Regardless, this behavior appear to be new. The changes are also never subtle - they are usually dramatic, and leave part of the image off the canvas. I've never been able to do that before - even if I wanted to. All manual settings are, of course, zeroed out. I might have expected this with my 12-24 lens, but not the 400/2.8, because the changes are usually minimal with that lens.
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Any of the button settings other than OFF in Lens Corrections (i.e., Level, Vertical, Full, and Auto) initially cause the same malrotation (even if "Enable Profile Corrections" is unchecked). After clicking Reanalyze and then clicking the various settings, the settings fail to update and the image remains distorted. Turning the Lens Corrections off and on then has no effect, and it is also impossible to recreate the image rotation problem. Something doesn't seem right...
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Weird - even erasing this History and going back to the image state right after import changes the state of something, and it is no longer possible to create the rotation problem on this one specific image.
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Ok, I shot with both a D800E and a D810 today, and all of the malrotation shows up with the D810, even when using the same Nikon 24 - 70 lens on each body, shooting the same cockeyed hanging ColorChecker Passport card on the Saguaro (including the color patch side). However, the default settings are different for the two camera bodies - Auto is ON on the D810, and OFF on the D800E. Turning it to AUTO will give the same whacked out rotation on some images.

So the issue is not specific to the camera body or lens - it happens on some images when AUTO is turned on in the Lens Correction panel.
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It's hard to explain what "AUTO" is trying to correct - it has clearly made the orientation / perspective worse. So for now, a new default setting with AUTO in Lens Corrections turned off...