Lightroom: Add Tethered Support for Sony cameras

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Is this that hard to Add?, I can't afford 7000.00 Nikon.
This is a key feature and one of the reasons I bought Lightroom.
Please help.

Thank You
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I've used Adobe products for 30 years and Nikon for 35 years. I am switching to Sony A7rll and need to be able to tether to Lightroom 5 which I use for all my headshot work. It's absurd to have to keep parallel camera systems or processing systems. Why can't this be done? If you want to cater to pro photographers and stay relevant this needs to be a priority.
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If you actually trouble yourself to read the thread, you'll see the reason explained several times over.
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Well I'm so very sorry that my post has put your panties in such a twist ..... oh wait
let me italic that for added emphasis.
Of course I've read the post - and nothing in it gives any decent reason why this cannot be achieved.
Adobe and Sony should be working together to support their clients.
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In any case, were Sony to make an SDK that Lightroom would be able to use to enable tethering, it wouldn't be added to Lightroom 5. It would be added to the current version of Lightroom.
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I don't care what version it's added to as long as it's added. Call it whatever version you like.
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Eikon

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My version updated today .... what version are you working on?
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Eikon

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Well that's a relief
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Just what is so confusing about what I wrote just up the page:

"I (and others) have explained why, Tom - it's because Sony doesn't provide an SDK from which Adobe can derive a tethering solution."

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You SERIOUSLY don't understand that?
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Karen, you've just handed over a lot of money to Sony - many times the amount you gave to Adobe - so Sony would be really good people to chase regarding creating an SDK. If they did so, you'd have a wide range of tethering software to choose from, no doubt including Lightroom.
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As John points out below ..... been available for 2 years
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Ah, I hadn't spotted that, thanks Karen & John. In that case I'll add my vote too!
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled LR 6.3 does not appear to provide support for tether to my Sony A77 11??.
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Note that Sony has made its SDK available for the last couple of years: http://feedback.photoshop.com/photosh....
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https://forums.adobe.com/thread/1935194

According to this, Sony's SDK kit does not enable tethering control from software outside of their own.

""Thank you for contacting Sony Support.

I understand that you want to use Capture One Pro 7 and Adobe Lightroom 5 to tether with your A7R camera.

As of this time, the camera can only be controlled while connected on a computer using our Remote Camera Control software. I will forward your concern to our engineering team for review so they may consider an update for the software that you want to use on the camera.

Thank you for understanding.

The Sony Email Response Team
C4Q9""
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Sony email answers are never correct in my experience. You have to call to get actual tech support team. Capture Pro is not owned by Sony and tethers. According to Capture One tech support they use NO Sony code.
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Interesting -- that email reply directly contradicts the article in DPReview.com and Sony's own Web site. I bet they're just as uninformed as most first-line support these days. There are at least 8 third-party apps on the Google Play store that use the Sony SDK:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
https://play.google.com/store/apps/de...
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I think what can be gleaned from this discussion, John is:

1. Adobe has a long-standing policy to only use manufacturer's SDKs to support tethering.
2. The Sony SDK does not facilitate tethering.
3. Third parties may engineer their own tethered support which does not rely on Sony's SDK. (Capture One does not rely on manufacturer's SDK for example)

Of course, the information posted on the link I shared is 3 months old and may have changed, the tech may be misinformed or the three points I just offered are valid.
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"The Sony SDK does not facilitate tethering."

Hmm, why do you say that? The Web site clearly implies that the SDK provides tethering functionality for a fair number of Sony cameras: https://developer.sony.com/develop/ca.... Is there some key functionality that the SDK doesn't provide?
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read the web site more carefully:
data transfer footnote 21:
ILCE-7, ILCE-7R, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, DSC-HX60 and DSC-HX400 don’t support the APIs group.
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“read the web site more carefully: data transfer footnote 21: ILCE-7, ILCE-7R, ILCE-5000, ILCE-5100, ILCE-6000, NEX-5R, NEX-5T, NEX-6, DSC-HX60 and DSC-HX400 don’t support the APIs group.”

The core tethering functions are fully supported for those cameras.  Rather, that footnote indicates some more specialized functions aren't supported.  To understand the full meaning of the footnote, you need to download the API reference documentation.   

The camera-support table shows which groups of related API calls are supported by which cameras.   Footnote 21 applies to these API groups for the listed cameras: Camera Function, Transferring Images, Remote Playback, Delete Contents.  These API groups let the client do bulk transfers from the camera's memory card, playing back media recorded on the memory card, and deleting media from the memory card.  

But note that still capture and all the functions related to still capture are supported (those correspond to the API groups of the first many rows of the table).  In particular, the Still Capture API group provides a mechanism for the client to retrieve the result of the image capture, without needing to use the Transferring Images group.


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I shot a job last week with the A7r2 tethered to Capture One 8.3
And used live view along with total control of the camera.
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and did you notice delays where the camera was unresponsive because there was too much data to copy over USB2? Did you capture raw and jpeg? I want to capture only jpeg over tether and leave raw files on camera - but am being told it is impossible.
Why the hell would Sony use USB2 interface in 2016??? after every 5 raw photos you have to go get a coffee before you can continue :(
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lightroom: Tethered Shooting with Sony Alpha.

It would be really awesome if the tethered Shooting in Lightroom were available for Sony ALpha cams, like it is for Canon and Nikon.
Thats a great option and a lot of people are changing to Sony.
I know it is possible with a WiFi SD-Card and automatically sync the folder in Lr, or with cable and the remote camera from sony. But thats not the same, not so easy, and there are not the same funktions.
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yes please support all the major camera lines - A7Rii is one of the best currently available (if you ignore autofocus issues ;(

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