Lightroom: Tethering speed with LR4

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Im going to try to stay as positive as possible but its hard....I'm very frustrated that tethering transfer speed has not improved from v3. Along with all the sluggishness problems (even with 4.1 RC) makes me very very disappointed. All one needs to do is download a free version of Capture One to see how quickly tethering can work... LR is 3-4 times slower in either wired or wireless transfer mode...simply unacceptable for a professional. I'm considering this a 'bug' because its not usable in a professional setting. PLEASE consider this a priority fix! I'd be glad to provide sys config info, but suffice to say I'm on a fast Macbook Pro with 8GB of RAM running Mac OS 10.7... Regardless, its comparing Capture One in the SAME setting that results in 3x performance difference. How can that be from the leader in *professional* photo processing solution like LR!?
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Roger de Jonge

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I've got the same problem. I had contact with Adobe about this and they promised me that this would be corrected in the 'next update'. Since I haven't tried 4.1 RC2 I don't know if the issue is solved. I really hope so. Now I use an extra program in my workflow just for tethered shooting.

The software that came with my camera's (both canon's) and Aperture are way faster than LR3 and LR4.

I also think (it must be) a software issue since I also got a fast Mac laptop and other programs work way faster.

I would also be nice if you could tether the .JPG files fot direct viewing and keep the RAW files on your camera, just to speed up things. (if you shoot in JPG+RAW)

Does Anybody has any news about this or experience with LR4 RC2 and Tehtering? Please let me know before I install RC software and do al the test myself again.

roger@studiorodeon.nl
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"I would also be nice if you could tether the .JPG files fot direct viewing and keep the RAW files on your camera, just to speed up things. (if you shoot in JPG+RAW) "

This would work fine for Canon users but I am advised Nikon doesn't store the image on the card when tethered.
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Rickk,
You are correct that Nikon do not save on card when shooting tethered or un-tethered.

But if you and Roger like you can shoot wirelessly instead of tethered. They do make them to work with Lightroom.
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Dear Adobe,

I love your software. So much so that I put up with unreliable and SLOW tethered capture. I would REALLY love it if you could prioritise making tethered capture as good as Capture One, Phocus, Canon's software etc. That means making it reliable and FAST! Not only for 35mm cameras, but also Hasselblad cameras now you have a tether plugin for them. It's as slow as auto-importing at the moment. Phocus can shoot and render 5 shots in the time it takes LR to display one capture when tethered. I don't think you realise how many photographers like to tether and are forced to avoid your software because of it's tethering reputation. Pretty please!?

This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled
Lightroom Tethered Capture Speed.
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Amen. We need this!!
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But still nothing from the Adobe guys on this.
Wireless shooting btw is much slower than via USB.

Guess have to use Aperture for now, that works fast enough for me.
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It's just frustrating when there is proof that it CAN be lightning-fast. Every camera manufacturer's capture software is so fast, but lacks the processing finesse of LR imho. Do the manufacturers have some special formula that Adobe can't crack when trying to write their own tethering code? Capture One seems to have cracked it. And now they have live video in version 7. Catch up time, Adobe!
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I agree with all those frustrated with the sluggishness of tethering with LR4. Our repeat clients have mentioned this problem to us in creative meetings and it's embarrassing. Our images are great and the client is pleased with our products but they remember how inefficiently our system was running while tethered. This is unacceptable for our future business. Please hear these frustrations Adobe. We still love your product for the ease you give us in retouching but this functional issue is steps behind other applications. Please help.
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OMG and I thought I was the only one and the universe really doesnt revolve around me. WOW.

So it is true.

The tethering speed SUCKS and I thought it was also the short sighted CANON folk who who used USB instead of firewire for shooting tethered. My okd canon tethered through firewire.

I am using a new 5D mark III and only now singing the blues.

I do not dare try and shoot 22mp in the studio and get by between shots where 1-2 seconds or more for the mid-ramge 15mp RAW files to come across.

Canon and adobe have to come togethere on this since EVERYONE is shooting tethered this is going to be a deal breaker. I have everything Canon and everything adobe.