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Nikon Lens Profiles in Lightroom 3

Gregory Fischer , Jun 09, 2010; 05:02 p.m.

Does anyone know of an on-line source of Photoshop Lightroom 3 lens correction profiles for Nikon lenses? The just-released version of Lightroom 3 has a large list of Canon lens profiles but very few Nikon profiles. I know that one can in theory create one's own lens profiles, but I suspect that in practice it is not easy to create profiles that work as well as those in DxO or PTLens.
Also - it appears that there may be online sources of profiles for Photoshop CS 5. Can these be imported into LR 3? If so, how can one access these PS 5 profiles?
It is surprising that a very large company like Adobe cannot provide what a very small company like the distributor of PTLens can provide. Hopefully, someone will step in to fill that void by posting (possibly selling) accurate LR 3 lens correction profiles for all of the most widely used Nikon lenses.


Mark Sirota , Jun 09, 2010; 06:31 p.m.

The PTLens profiles were created over a large number of years... Give Adobe some time!

The Camera Raw profiles will work in LR3, but there's no built-in mechanism to download them in 3.0. I'd expect someone to make a plug-in or other tool available sometime soon...

Brad - , Jun 09, 2010; 08:45 p.m.

Make your own profiles using Adobe's tool...

Marios Forsos , Jun 10, 2010; 02:56 a.m.

Just like Brad said, make your own. It's not easy and will take you some time and effort, but the end results should be worth it. Adobe also said they would be supporting community profile exchanges, so if you wait a bit you should see more and more profiles showing up on the web which you can then use...

Andrew Rodney , Jun 10, 2010; 04:29 p.m.

IF you make your own, keep in mind that if you shoot raw and JPEG, you’ll need one of each (Adobe’s profiles have both in one profile but you can’t do that with the Profile builder). All you need is even and controlled lighting for the targets. The more you shoot (more focal lengths on a zoom, more f-stops) the better. Or if you just shoot at say two f-stops, make the profile with both. Like bracketing, the more data you feed the software, the better the profile.

Jeff Spirer , Jun 10, 2010; 04:57 p.m.

It's not easy

The lens profile creator is quite easy to use. Maybe you are thinking of camera calibration, which is quite a bit more work.

Dan South , Jun 11, 2010; 01:17 a.m.

Or you could just make the adjustments manually to one photo and then copy those adjustments to other photos. Lightroom features a very powerful tool for copying adjustments from image to image.

Gregory Fischer , Jun 17, 2010; 12:34 a.m.

Thanks for these suggestions. I have not tried the Profiler yet. I have been traveling for the past week.
Mark - If there is no mechanism for importing Camera Raw profiles into Lightroom, how can you use them in Lightroom? Do you have to initially import photos using Camera Raw in Photoshop CS 5?
Andrew - You indicate that one can get more accurate profiles by shooting under more conditions. What are the most critical variables - focal length, aperture, focal distance, other?
Again, thanks for the suggestions.

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