Lightroom: Tethering support for Nikon D810

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It seems that Lightroom doesn't support Teathered capture for my Nikon D810.

Can anyone help me understand when that support will be available?

Matthew
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Hi Matthew, support is dependent upon it being supported in the respective manufactures tether SDK. Here are the currently supported cameras for tethering:

Tethered camera support in Lightroom
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Thanks Jeffery...

Do we have any idea when Nikon will provide teathering support in their SDK? Is it on the roadmap?

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I'm actually hoping we can sneak it (D810 and 4DS) into the 5.7 update. Stay tuned.
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Sometimes it takes over a year after Nikon releases support in their SDK, where the D810 was supported by Nikon since only Sept 4, 2014:
https://sdk.nikonimaging.com/apply/

So it could be a while. It's probably worth finding another tethering solution outside of LR, and using LR's Auto Import folders. It's not as slick as using LR but better than nothing, perhaps.
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Damn,

If you guys keep being so responsive, I'll be after you for good taco recipes :)

I'll figure it out. I'm starting to shoot people and they're much harder than critters.

http://mattypik.weebly.com/

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Thanks,

I've got a D7100 that I can use for now. I don't like using my FX primes as much on it but it will get me by. If this doesn't get resolved by Jan. next year, I'm going to have to find an alternative...

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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled When will I be able to tether on Lightroom with my Nikon D4s, released more than ....
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Official Response
D810 and D4S support added in Lightroom 5.7.
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I am using Lightroom 5.7 tethered to Nikon D810 via USB.

It works completely fine on my old Macbook Pro which only has USB2 ports. When trying to connect to my brand new Macbook Pro with USB3 ports it causes everything to freeze and the camera never appears to mount.

What am I missing here?! Anyone else experiencing this?

Thanks
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I I've noted to a few others, after a lot of testing across 2 machines and 20+ USB ports it seems that LR's interface code and/or the Nikon's SDK are not up to the task of interfacing with a USB 3 connected D8xx.

Since the protocol shouldn't change between USB 2 and USB 3, my coding neurons tell me they have some timing loops issues whereby the 10x faster speed of USB 3 causes failures in handshaking when the code doesn't respond fast enough. Still stranger is that Win PCs recognize and correctly label the camera as a portable device with the label "D810".

I'd wager the same issues are causing the same problem on Apple PCs. I, for one, am no longer going to care about this issue since LR tethering provides extremely little functionality.

I'd simply switch to DLSR Dashboard. It not only tethers but allows very advanced control of the camera and also provides the essential Live View image. Have it send the images to the same folder you would have had LR send to and just sync it at the end of your session. Voila.

What would really be cool, though LR's architecture might not allow it, is to have a version of DD to act as a plug in to LR. Yeah!
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Yes, same here.   I cannot get Lightroom 6 to work with the Nikon D810 on anything.
I have an iMac Pro Desktop w/ 5k Display.   It won't recognize the D810 on the USB 3.0 port or the USB-C port.   I can't even get it working with my Dell E6530, and it used to.   What is the problem ?    It's really frustrating...
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I am having the same problem. Did you find a solution. My D810 doesn't even seem to work when I tether it to the computer, nor will Lightroom recognize it. Also,
When I tether my d610, the camera works but often LR doesn't recognize it.
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Are you also on a Mac? What version of OS X are you on?
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Are you using a USB 2 or USB 3 connection? I and several others have found that the D8xx Nikons, at least, are not recognized by LR even though the OS does. If you have a USB 2 connection, try that. If you only USB 3 ports but have an old USB 2 hub, plug the camera into the hub and the hub into the computer. That will downshift from USB 3 to USB 2 and see if that works. Or just use DLSR Dashboard which has far more features and usability than LR's very minimal tethering function.
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Well, it's April 16, 2015 and my Light Room v5.7 with Raw 8.7 doesn't recognize my D810 at all. I connect my D810 to a USB 3.0 port then turn the camera on. I start LR tether mode and I get a darkish horizontal dialog that says tethering.

At the left there is a very thin lateral widget with teeny up/down scroll arrows at its right. Confusing and non-intuitive. If I touch the widget, I get a pop up saying there's no tethered devices found.

I've tried restarted everything, changing the order of starting LR tether then starting camera and vice versa. Zilch. Nada. The cable works with everything and the camera is detected including on my Androids with things like DLSR Dashboard.

Is there some secret method to making tethering work? Some secret part I need to fondle? The mysterious dialog is no help with no cues or hints.

Argh! The more I know and use LR the more I .... (breathe) ... OK ... No ranting. (slipped) ... any of my past "large" code teams of 3-8 hackers could easily straighten out this product in 2-6 months. Ok, nuf said.
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LR 5.7 should have recognized your camera for tethering mid-November. The clock ticking won’t change how LR or the camera works so something else is wrong:

Take the memory card out of the camera if it’s in the camera or put it in if it isn’t, multiple cards if necessary.

Remove or disable any other software or drivers that are holding onto or interfering with the camera-tethering function.

Un-plug any other USB devices to see if they are interfering.

LR 5.7.1 was released a month after LR 5.7 and maybe it works differently: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/updates/

Looking at the replies above yours it may be some problem with USB3. Since LR uses the Nikon SDK to interface with the camera, it's possible this is a Nikon SDK problem not a LR problem.
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Thanks so much, SS, for your patience with my frustration.

Your last hint hit home. While waiting for responses, I started changing as many things as I could to narrow the the problem - including trying the 20+ other USB ports I have. As part of that, I took my D810's USB3 cable out of the excellent Tripp-Lite USB 3 powered hub that is directly wired to my Intel MB and has worked flawlessly with everything else (till now) for 2+ years, and plugged it into my monitor's slow USB 2.0 port which is connected through yet another hub, and then to the PC. Though a worst case USB scenario, it WORKED!

You mentioned a Nikon problem with updating their SDK. My hiatus from deep coding must have been too long. I didn't think that an SDK would cause different results with USB 2 vs 3. Such situations are often caused by an SDK timing loop not allowing enough time for an acknowledgement. But a USB 3 connection is 10 times faster so that's not the issue - unless (a ha) the software interrupts doesn't respond fast enough to see the ACKs. That, or a 1,00 other things.

I also discovered that Windows does recognize a "D810" Portable Device when the D810 is connected to a USB 2 -OR- USB 3 port. So, it looks like Widows isn't the culprit. That leaves Light Room and the Nikon SDK as the suspects.

Another Issue:
I was also disappointed to find that LR tethering disables the D810's Live View mode. That wouldn't be so bad if LR used the Nikon protocol to display a Live View in LR the same way several free or very low cost tethering products like "DLSR Dashboard" do so well. Is there a way to ee Live View in LR?

So, I am obviously missing some things as I just don't understand the value of LR tethering other than it:
1. exercises your back by bending over a lot to use the optical viewfinder
2. copies pics 10 times slower than loading the CF card into a USB 3 slot
3. breaks nuanced rapport with the model as you no longer focus on her

Thanks for listening.
Hopefully Adobe and Nikon will get together on this. With their war chests, you'd think they could each spare a real coder to schmooze on this. I's love to arrange it all. Seems like their both missing some PMs with real bytes in their bites.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LR 2015.3 tethering to Nikon D810 still not available . Any idea when?.
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Are you on El Capitan? See this: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh...
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I have the same problem, LR sometimes recognize D810 sometimes not but you can ́t not count on it for professional use. We may have to buy the nikon teathered own program!?
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As of today Nikon software remains incompatible with El Capitan. I'm using Aperture for tethering.
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Yes, Nikon has not yet updated their code for MacOS 10.11.
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Nikon has just updated Camera Control Pro for 10.11.

Bob Frost
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Thanks Bob. Works great.

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