Lightroom 4.2 / ACR 7.2: WB "as shot" does not read the WB of Nikon D50 NEF, defaults to "automatic"

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To reproduce, download the Nikon D50 sample from www.rawsamples.ch, and import it into Lightroom 3.6 and Lightroom 4.2.

In LR 3.6, set white balance to...
"as shot": results in Temp 5100, Tint -11
"automatic": results in Temp 5400, Tint 0

In LR 4.2, do the same:
"as shot": results in Temp 5400, Tint 0 (!)
"automatic": results in Temp 5400, Tint 0

In contrast to LR 3.6, LR 4.2 seems to ignore the WB information of the camera and uses its own automatic WB instead. This seems to be independent of process version and camera profile - the difference in WB behaviour is always the same. Also, LR 4.2 with PV 2010 on WB "as shot" produces exactly the same results on export as LR 3.6 with WB "automatic", which leads to the conclusion that the WB values and scale mean the same in both versions, only LR 4.2 does not set them correctly for the combination Nikon D50 + "as shot".

The effect can be seen for other D50 NEFs, too. Other (older) cameras do not seem to be affected - I checked with Raws of Nikon D60, D90 D300 and Canon 40D, 400D and 1000D: For all these cameras, LR 4.2 was able to read the camera's white balance and set it accordingly when using "as shot" - with exactly the same resulting WB values and export results as LR 3.6.

In LR 4.x / ACR 7.x, something seems to be broken concerning reading the WB from the D50 NEF metadata. Perhaps because the camera-WB cannot be read and is unknown, it defaults to "automatic".

P.S. PS CS6 with ACR 7.2 and LR 4.3 RC seem to have the identical bug. Note: I now see that the same was already mentioned as a side note here: http://forums.adobe.com/message/48223...

EDIT: I forgot: System ist Win 7 64 Bit, both LRs and PS are 64 Bit versions, too.
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I have exactly the same problem with LR 3.6 and LR 4.2 and my Nikon D50 on Win 7 64 bit. On 3.6 everything worked as expected, whereas 4.2 seems to ignore the WB information from the camera stored in the NEF.

It would be great if Adobe could fix this bug to keep the compatibility with previous versions of their software.
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Yes, Adobe Creative Suite 6 has a problem with not reading the white balance of Nikon D50 raw .NEF files. I have the problem only for Nikon D50 in CS6, Adobe Camera Raw 7.3 and Lightroom 4. (Not in CS5. Not for Nikon D5100 or D7000 or Canon S95)

Please help!

For Nikon D50 CS6 does not read "As Shot" data whether it's specified or not. It defaults to "Automatic". If I force the values to the correct ones, CS6 works. See the attached image for three situations. The real wall is RED, not purple.


Captions:

Upper Left:

Processed with CS5 (Adobe Camera Raw 6.7.0.339)
Camera Raw Process Version 5.7 metadata say:
White Balance “As Shot”. Temp “5300°K” Tint “-11”

Upper Right:

Processed with CS6 (Adobe Camera Raw 7.3.0.71)
Camera Raw Process Version 6.7 metadata say:
White Balance “As Shot”. Temp “2850°K” Tint “0”

Lower Left:

Processed with CS6 (Adobe Camera Raw 7.3.0.71)
Deliberately Set White balance
Camera Raw Process Version 6.7 metadata say:
White Balance “Custom”. Temp “5300°K” Tint “-11”
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I experienced the same problem.
As I am new to Lightroom, it took me hours to figure out it was not my own stupidity but a BUG!

Would be great to get some comment from an Adobe official. I paid enough money to Adobe so I think I could expect a working product! D50 is officially supported, so why does it not work?
This should be easy to fix as it used to work in CS5/ACR6.
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