Lightroom/Camera Raw: z7 issue

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Major quality issue / bug here: I've not yet search the forums, but I've done enough testing now, even loaning Z7 and lens from Nikon to confirm, that Lightroom CC (and what appears to be Bridge also) just don't support the quality resident in the Z7 (I'ved not tested Z6). I've dozens of images to compare with, on D800, D750, and tests with 27-70 2.8 G v F4 Z, plus tested the Nikon loan camera, so ruled out product variations / body or lens issues.

 Nikon were made aware of this, and loaned me a camera/lens, and were relieved that it was not a quality issue with the cameras, but rather a software issue. 

In a nutshell, I totally lost confidence as a pro shooter (portraits etc) on the Z7, until randomly, during testing, I decided to install the trial of another RAW converter / editor  and was totally blown away by the detail I knew should have been there all along

 

If this issue has not yet been reported, I'm astounded, but I feel this is an urgent issue to address. A simple dropping of a high res, quality file (say a portrait at 100%) will instantly show the comparison. I don't want to have to purchase / learn new software, but I'm gutted to work with soft images. I've tried all variations of sharpening, noise control etc etc, until I simply opened the file in another converter, and there was the detail that blew me away.

 

Is Adobe aware of this issue? It runis the output of this expensive camera, and defeats the purpose of working with quality, high-res files, where the D800 and 750 run rings around it in Lightroom output.

 

Gladly like to hear that this is reported and worked upon?
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Bruce C

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Posted 7 months ago

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Erik Diewald

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i absolutely agree in everything you say - adobe, please fix that Z7 problem!!! last months i posted that error and read about it in several forums, the only reaction from adobe was "there is no error".
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Bruce C

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Thank you! So I'm not going crazy!  My message to the lightroom forum was deleted as marked as spam! Probably because I mentioned the software I used to test. We all dropped a lot of cash into this pro camera, only to have killed in post production. I was horrified to work with these images, however, gladly relieved when I found the sensor / output is indeed incredible as it should have been.  I do hope they address this
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Michael Breakey

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Did you profile the Z7 in Lightroom?
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Victoria Bampton - Lightroom Queen, Champion

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Bruce, can you post some screenshots to illustrate the problem please? The more information that's available at a glance, the better the chances of it getting prioritized.
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Bruce C

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Thank you. I've discussed this issue at length on the Adobe forums, and we have come to the conclusion after looking at this as best we could, that it is a result (in my case at least) of the increased MP of the Z7 v d800 etc, plus possibly diffraction on my test images. I've also since found the advanced focus sliders on Capture, and when I zero them out, the result is indeed very similar to LR, albeit that apparently Capture applies deconvolution sharpening by default, possibly giving the appearance of a very slightly sharper image.
The following link to that forum may help any with this issue to resolve it: https://community.adobe.com/t5/lightroom-classic/major-bug-nikon-z7-in-lightroom/m-p/10786333#M168078
Regards