Lightroom 5.7: Sony A6000 raw conversion looks ugly - 5.6 looks better

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i installed LR 5.7 yesterday and today i was out shooting with my Sony A6000.

back at home i noticed that the sky looked very ugly (like jpg compression, strange blocky artifacts).

i was shooting with ISO 100 and did not see this before.

so i opened older files from my A6000 and i see the same strange artifacts i did not notice before with LR 5.6.

i hope you can see it here:

http://i.imgur.com/8RvZinG.jpg

as i said i never had such an ugly sky at ISO 100 before.

normaly it should look like this:

http://i.imgur.com/3Yjep7q.jpg

what ́s wrong here? is it me or is there something buggy with LR?
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Tanja Schulte

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Tanja Schulte

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i think i come closer to figuring out what the reason for this is.

5.7 is using the ADOBE STANDARD camera profile.

this profiles renders the ugly artifacts.

when i change the camera profile to one of the camera specific profiles (neutral, landscape, vivid etc.) the ugly artifacts are gone.

now i only wonder if the ADOBE STANDARD camera profile on 5.6 was that bad too.

i have no 5.6 installed anymore.

but i think the ADOBE STANDARD camera profile should be better than the results i get?

i thought the camera profiles change the color rendition but not the raw demosaicing?!
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Jeffrey Tranberry, Sr. Product Manager, Digital Imaging

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Hi Tanja,

We're not able to reproduce this issue with our set of A6000 files. Would it be possible to share the file you're seeing this issue with?
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Tanja Schulte

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same image:

http://i.imgur.com/qWWn9CW.jpg

one virtual copy set to camera standard.
the other set to adobe standard.

i could send a file to your email?

im unsure if this is supposed to happen and i just never noticed this?
i always thought the camera profile would only change how colors are rendered.

i just noticed this because my skies suddenly looked so much worse.
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here i used a tonal contrast filter on both images to make it more apparent:

http://i.imgur.com/i4K50pq.jpg

i think there is clearly a difference in the noise pattern.

so my conclusion would be that the camera profile does not only change the color/contrast rendition.
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Tanja Schulte

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i found what causes it.

i use the BLUE and AQUAMARIN luminance sliders to darken the sky a bit.

when i let them at 0 both adobe standard and camera standard look nearly equal from the noise pattern.

but when i darken the sky with both luminance sliders and i then switch between "camera standard" and "adobe standard" the later gets much worse.