Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Still Does Not Like Canon 7D Raw Files

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So Adobe released a new Beta for Lightroom 3.  Of course,  I was hoping for better results than my last test.  Unfortunately, the results were only marginally better.  The results are still noisier than Capture One 5 Pro and Canon’s DPP.  Take a look at the following comparisons.  (Please see my previous article for samples from Capture One 5 Pro and DPP.)






However,  I did notice something else.  If you look at the  screen capture, the red box contains a blow-up of the Detail’s panel.  It shows the Luminance and the Color sliders pushed to 100%.  However, the Detail and Contrast sliders are dimmed and non-adjustable.  At first I thought it was still disabled just like the previous Beta, but then I tried to open a PSD file in the Beta 2 and the sliders magically came alive.


So there is still an issue with Lightroom 3 Beta 2 and the Canon 7D Raw files. I am very curious if other Raw files are treated in the same way.

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11 Replies to “Adobe Lightroom 3 Beta 2 Still Does Not Like Canon 7D Raw Files”

  1. Are you sure you’re using the new raw processing engine? These options are disabled when using the old engine.
    I didn’t get this issue with my 7D raw files and the de-noising is clearly a huge improvement compared to LR 2.6

  2. As I said, I don’t have this issue with my files (detail and contrast options are available). I can clearly see the difference between the 2003 processing engine (LR2) and the 2010 version (LR3 Beta).
    I can only recommend you to check the “Camera calibration”->”Process” or “Settings”->”Process”and verify it’s set to “2010 (current)”.

  3. I just added that screen. It does say “2010 (Current)”. As I said before, I never had Lightroom 1 or 2 installed on this XP64 workstation. Maybe it is an issue with the 64-bit code or compatibility.

  4. I guess you found a bug and it’s time to report it to Adobe.
    Still no problems for me with the 64-bit version…

  5. I was also having trouble with Canon 7D files and LR ver 2.7 . I found that most (not all) of my problems went away when I chose CAMERA NEUTRAL as my profile as opposed to ADOBE STANDARD. Of all the profiles, ADOBE STANDARD was the worst. Of all the profiles, CAMERA NEUTRAL was the best. I offered a particularly bad RAW file to Adobe to maybe help them make improvements but they haven’t replied saying they want the file.

  6. I do not have much hope in Adobe fixing Lightroom 2 and Camera Raw 5.X. Adobe is focused on next generations and will probably force us into buying these new products in order to get working Raw files. That is the way they handled it in the past anyway.

    The good news is the latest version of Lightroom 3 is actually surprisingly good. I will be posting a new review using new Canon 7D Raw files on Friday.

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