Lightroom: Why does Nikon D610 not tether with LR 5.4?

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When I tether a Nikon D610 to Photoshop Lightroom 5.4, I get a 'No camera detected' message? When I use Apple Aperture, tethering works no problem.

There are no options to select the camera.

Why does the D610 not tether to Lightroom?
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John Maskell

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Posted 4 years ago

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Because Tethering support hasn't been implemented in LR 5.4 for the Nikon D610 yet.

It will likely be 5.5 or later before Tethering is added in.

http://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom/kb/t...
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Thanks for the quick response Rikk. Not what I wanted to hear today!

The D610 has been on the market long enough to get this implemented.

If Apple can get it done so can Adobe...The Nikon D610 is a major camera category and should be no problem to get it implemented after 3 months.

Just disappointing to say the least!

Thanks one again.
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Adobe requires Nikon support the cameras in Nikon's SDK before Adobe can start their work.

The D610 was added to Nikon's SDK back in November but LR 5.3, was released just a month later in December which would have been too late to add tethering then since the LR 5.3 feature set would have been frozen long before.

By now one would hope that Adobe would have had time to add support by the time LR 5.4 came out, but as we now see, Adobe has been busy getting LR 5.4 to sync to an iPad via their cloud so may not have had resources to assign to tethering development and testing.

The D4s has also been released, recently, so one might hope that Adobe has been saving up their tethering work until enough Nikon cameras need added and then will do a bunch at a time.

The good news is that the D4s was added to Nikon's SDK just today, April 10th 2014, so Adobe has one more pro-level camera that people will want supported and might have more motivation, after they have fixed the bugs in the iPad sync, which a lot more people will be complaining about.

Here is the Nikon SDK supported-cameras list, which Adobe is dependent on:
https://sdk.nikonimaging.com/apply/
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As a commercial photographer this is SERIOUSLY killing me. It's now June and it still won't work. Tethering is a must now a days, clients expect it. This is really making me wish I had bought a 5D Mk III last November instead. Honestly considering selling my D610 purely because of this issue.
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My sentiments concur with yours.

I bought Lightroom in December 2013 to use with the Nikon D610. I have not been able to use the software since as Adobe has just been so tardy getting the update to Lightroom. Really frustrating!

I see Lightroom 6 is rumored to be announced at Photokina in September. Maybe we will have to suck it and pay up for the upgrade to get the luxury of D610 tethering.
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I did a shoot last weekend and used Camera RC to tether. It can't touch Lightrooms abilities and speed but it was good enough. http://www.camerarc.com/
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Tethering was added for the D610 in Lightroom 5.5
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Excellent. Wich cable Brand do you recomend for tethering?