Lightroom Classic: Improve tethering

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I would think that Adobe would find it embarrassing that on most educational videos you see them tethering into Capture one or another standalone tethering app. before transferring the photos into LR.  Is there a reason why  Adobe seems to ignore tethered capture. As a commercial photographer, I am tethered most of the time, usually through smart shooter and I have lightroom auto import the photos from my capture folder.  Smart shooter links with my Nikons before I can turn to the screen after turning the camera on, I never lose connection and if I shut the camera off to change a lens or battery the program picks right up where I left off.

In light room I actually have to close lightroom and restart before it will link to my camera.  I would also like to have live view added and the ability to control the camera from the computer as I can in smart shooter 3 and capture one.
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To all those who have participated in this thread in the past, we would like to invite you to a special test area to review, test and advise Adobe on in-process improvements to the tethered-capture process in Lightroom Classic CC.  Currently we have testing available for Mac and Windows users with Nikon Cameras.

If you are interested in participating in this Tether prerelease testing and use a Nikon camera currently supported for tethering, please reply to this new comment. You will be contacted by Adobe with further instructions. 

You can verify if your camera is supported here:

Thank you for your patience and enthusiasm for Lightroom Classic CC.
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Cristen Gillespie

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I'm here! Ready to play with my D750 with all my fingers crossed it's much, much easier.
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Rikk, I'd like to participate as well. I've been using LR tethering for the past 5 years, but I am experiencing very frequent crashes and sudden disconnects with any LR Classic version now. Nikon D800, TetherTools USB 3.0 cable, 2013 Retina MBP with macOS Mojave. Hardware works flawlessly with all other tether apps, Capture One and the rest. I'd really like to stay in LR, but it is just too unreliable for me to use in production with clients. I was advised by Adobe to try an earlier LR version, but I've now tried all versions since 7.0, and they all have the same tethering issues to some degree. I am currently using Capture One 11 for tethering, as it is very fast and reliable for tethering. Then importing the images manually to LR.
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I'm using two D750 and a couple of older Nikons (D700, D3200, D300), and haven't done much tethering recent years because got tired my camera not showing up in LR and the slow appearing of photos into LR when the camera got to show up. Maybe I could be help in testing this on a Mac.
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I am trying to do as much on CC as possible and migrate away from LR Classic. As a portrait photographer I can't seem to find a tether option for CC for my Nikon D600. I can do it in Classic but my preference would be to do it in CC that would then sync back to my Creative Cloud storage.

I'd be really keen to assist in anyway.