Lightroom 4.2 Import No Longer Uses Camera Defaults

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Last week, I downloaded and applied the Lightroom 4.2 update (Lightroom_4_LS11_win_4_2). Previously I was running 4.1. Since the update, I have encountered two major problems:

1. Lightroom's performance has become so sluggish as to be nearly unusable.

2. When I import new Canon RAW images, they are inheriting development settings (e.g., the exposure, contrast, luminance, white balance settings) from some prior use (not sure where) rather than having the default off the camera. I have to manually set a photo to the default and then copy and paste to all images.

Both of these problems are so unacceptable that I'm now looking for a way to roll back to version 4.1.
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Laura Tinnel

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More info:

I'm running Windows 7 64-bit with the 64-bit version of LR. I have a quad core processor with 8GB physical memory on the machine.

Pretty much everything about 4.2 is sluggish -- from import to library scrolling to switching between pictures in development mode to editing. I've tried splitting projects up into separate LR projects to get the total number of pictures down. This has not helped. I'm in a project now with 35 RAW images. (Note: I used to edit projects with over 300 pictures in 4.1 and had acceptable performance.) LR is consuming 1GB memory and has a peak memory usage of 1.87GB. When I am looking at one picture in development mode and then click on another, it takes a while (over a minute) for the new picture to display fully. The LR CPU usage goes from 0% (idle) up to 70+% utilization and oscillates between there and 50% for at least 30-40 seconds after the second (clicked on) picture has displayed clearly.

When coupling the sluggish behavior with the photo import automatically applying old/strange development settings, you sit there and watch Lightroom slowly propagating these strange settings across the pictures, resulting in a rippling effect across the photos, going down the slider of pictures at the bottom. Pictures go from looking normal to being BLUE. All I can do is sit there and yell "NO!"

Lightroom 4.1 didn't have these problems. It was working great.
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(2) You are probably applying a preset upon import. Also note that it is normal and expected that your initial previews in Library will change to the Lightroom ones away from the embedded previews.

You can use the "Reset" button in Develop at any time to reset the settings. If this changes the image a lot, then you are definitely applying a preset upon import.
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Not applying any presets. I already checked that. Under "Apply During Import", both "Develop Settings" and "Metadata" are set to "None". "Import preset" at the bottom says "None".

As I said, this never happened in 4.1. This is a change that happened in 4.2. I cannot even figure out where it is getting these settings to apply.

I just tried something. Went into Develop and set WB to "As Shot". It was on "Auto". Then imported a picture, double checking to make *sure* all presets were set to "None". The photo imported and immediately turned blue while still on the Library screen. I switched over to Develop, and the WB was set to "Custom". Where is it getting the value for "Custom" and why???
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More info:

From Library, went to "Quick Develop". Ensured the "Saved Preset" was set to "Default Settings" and the "White Balance" was set to "As Shot". Imported a photo. LR immediately changed the "Saved Preset" and "White Balance" to "Custom", and the photo turned blue. It seems it doesn't matter what I tell it to do, it wants to use some strange "Custom" settings that apparently cannot be overridden.
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You may also have modified the develop defaults. That is, the default adjustments that are applied even without an import presets.

Try to go to Develop, Alt-click Reset and choose "Restore Adobe Default Settings". Now try a new import.
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Thanks. Will give this a try.
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THAT fixed it! You are awesome. :) I have no idea how the default got set. Maybe some key sequence of which I am unaware? At any rate, I'll try to remember this if it happens again.
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It's best to post one issue per post. This makes them more focused and easier to tracks.

For version 4.2 performance issues, go to http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh....
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Laura Tinnel

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Thanks so much for the pointer. I optimized the catalog, purged the cache, and increased the cache size to 5GB. It seems to be running *much* faster now. :)
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You could post this into the other "poor performance" thread too. Might help others.
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Done.