List of lens profiles + possibility to vote

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Adobe should publish an official list of all the lenses without profiles. Then, let people vote – or even pay a few bucks – to move their favorite lenses upwards on the list. Every day, an Adobe engineer creates official profiles for the top three lenses.
This way users could adjust their expectations and avoid disappointment while Adobe could learn more about their users' needs and invest their resources more productively.
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Tatu Siltanen

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Tatu,

In case you aren't aware of it, Adobe does also offer a Lens Profile Downloader that allows you to source profiles not currently shipping with Lightroom which were created by other users. These profiles were uploaded for the use of all.

It is part of the Lens Profile Creator Tool that is available free from Adobe. It enables you to create any profile that your are needing to match a lens in your correction.
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Terry Webster

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This issue grieves me even moreso because Adobe doesn't understand the confusing terminology of Minolta-Sony. At all. Let me explain.

After defecting to Sony cameras, I learned from other Sony Alpha users that you could save a ton of money by buying existing Minolta-Alpha AF lenses (usually badged Maxxum). "Alpha" comes from the name Minolta used in Japan before Sony bought their imaging division. Sony kept that name and their A mount standard (but later confused matters by adding an E mount).

In ACR (CC2017), if the Lens Profile menu even lists Minolta (it doesn't always), then the offerings lack even a single Minolta Alpha (A mount) lens!

Instead, there are MD and MC mount lenses. Not even a single Maxxum lens is listed! If you are going to offer Minolta lens profiles, why the blazes did you choose MC and MD lenses???

Sony does not support MC/MD natively, nor with their Sony LA-EAx adapters. Sony does however support Minolta A mount lenses (A is for Alpha) like the Maxxums, both with their LA-EAx adapters (where x=1 through 4) and natively with cameras like the A68, A77, and the A99-II, etc, etc.

I know the terms have gotten very confusing, but get with it Adobe! MC and MD Minolta lenses are not A mount (Alpha) lenses. The Maxxum lenses are! GRRRR.
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Tatu Siltanen

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Thank you for your reply.

I am aware of these tools.

However, the profiles I need were not found among those created by other users, and I find the idea of creating my own profiles daunting. I doubt I have the knowledge of optics necessary to do the job and to judge the quality of whatever I manage to produce.

I suspect relatively few of your users have the required skills. Crowdsourcing the creation of profiles and evaluation of their quality seems like a bad idea. Creating profiles seems to me like something that would be better left to the experts at Adobe.

I'd prefer Adobe to do the job for me. I'd be willing to pay for it.
I'm suggesting a way to share the cost among those who would benefit from this work.
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Terry Webster

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I don't like the suggestion that Adobe expects users to do lens-profiling for free, and then redistribute their work for free.

The lens profiles that people make and share, are of unknown quality. I don't know if I would trust my homebrew profiles.