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Adobe launches Photoshop Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate 2

By dpreview staff on Apr 27, 2012 at 18:09 GMT

Adobe has released a second Release Candidate version of Lightroom 4.1, its Raw conversion and asset management software. The latest version adds support for 13 additional cameras, including the Nikon D3200, Olympus E-M5, Pentax K-01, Ricoh GXR A16 24-85mm and the three latest Samsung NXs. Interestingly, it also adds an improved 'defringe' option to reduce axial chromatic aberrations.

The latest release candidate includes a series of bug fixes, that are detailed on Adobe's blog site, in addition to support for 16, 24 and 32-bit HDR TIFF files.

The most interesting update, from our perspective, is the improved ability to remove the purple and green axial CA that can appear on out-of-focus regions, particularly those shot with fast lenses. Adobe's Eric Chan explains the feature in a detailed blog post.

As usual, the Release Candidate tag indicates 'that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers.'

Press statement:

New Camera Support in Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidates

  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III*
  • Canon EOS 60Da
  • Fuji FinePix F770EXR
  • Fuji FinePix F775EXR
  • Nikon D3200
  • Olympus OM-D E-5M
  • Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5
  • Pentax K-01
  • RICOH LENS A16 24-85mm F3.5-5.5
  • Samsung NX20
  • Samsung NX210
  • Samsung NX1000
  • Sony Alpha NEX-VG20
  • Sony SLT-A57

*Support for the 5D Mark III was also included in the first Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate

NOTE: The Lightroom and Camera Raw team is well aware of the new X-Pro1 camera from FUJIFILM.  We are currently developing raw support for the X-Pro1 and look forward to providing it as soon as support is complete. Thanks for your patience on this topic.

Release Notes

  • Lightroom 4.1 RC2 now includes the ability to process HDR TIFF files.  (16, 24 or 32-bit TIFF files)  This can be quite useful if you have merged multiple exposures into a single 32-bit image using Photoshop’s HDR Pro. Using the new basic panel controls can be a very effective and straightforward method of achieving an overall balance across the tonal range.
  • Additional Color Fringing corrections have been added to Lightroom 4.1 RC2.  Please see this blog post for additional details.


Total comments: 32
By JWest (May 1, 2012)

Have they fixed the bug where you can't lock the second monitor view to a monitor of your choice yet?

By RKGoth (Apr 30, 2012)

Still no Sigma SD1 support. So frustrating, the SD1 needs software to deliver a better workflow than SPP allows.

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By brkl (Apr 29, 2012)

Longitudinal CA has been such a pain. If this tool really works that well, it's a great leap for fast aperture photography.

By Jihn (Apr 29, 2012)

Lightroom 4.1 RC2 solved some issues but added more.
I find it frustrating to have paid for a product that was not ready for production use.
Over all it has been a very disappointing two months since I got LR4 and I still have now now idea when it will be reliable.

By rdverb (May 5, 2012)

There are quite a number of people having problems with LR4. It is much slower than LR3.6 for them with jerky mouse movement and slow rendering of previews. Many of us have gone back to 3.6 to wait until a 4.x version without crippling bugs is available.

By Lightwind (May 5, 2012)

Totally agree. It seems that Adobe rushed out LR4 whilst perhaps still in a beta phase. Hope they manage to sort out the numerous performance issues. I've got a high spec Win 7 64 bit PC, and LR4 is noticeably slower than LR3.

By joshcali (May 22, 2012)

completely agree.
I'm not too happy that the new brightness adjustments seem to autosmooth so you can't get good cropping/dropoff in the blacks without a custom curve

Marc Rogoff
By Marc Rogoff (Apr 29, 2012)

It would be good if they reduced the overall effect of the the clarity slider back to what it was before - it is now pretty heavy handed and not only adjusts exposure but introduces saturation which it didn't before.

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By HowaboutRAW (Apr 29, 2012)

Good to know, your point means that Adobe should--but of course may not--really continue to support ACR 6.7 etc for Photoshop CS5 until Adobe works out these deficiencies.

By Shoshot (Apr 29, 2012)

"Lightroom 4 and ACR 6.7 could render files differently."

Afaik, ACR 6.7 "could" not do anything as it's not out yet... :D
Must be tricky to fix discrepancies between not-yet-finalized products...

M Jesper
By M Jesper (Apr 28, 2012)

Got a chance to try the E-M5 last week, finally got a look at the RAWs now and they look awesome !

By boulderdashcci (Apr 28, 2012)

The new fringing correction is absolutely amazing

evangelos k
By evangelos k (Apr 28, 2012)

Bug fix:
Lightroom 4 and ACR 6.7 could render files differently.

This drove me NUTS for a few days :)

Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Apr 27, 2012)

It is incredibly disappointing that support for the Fujifilm X-Pro1 is not included. Do we blame Adobe or Fuji or both?

By tesilab (Apr 27, 2012)

The de-mosaic algorithm for the XPro-1 sensor is something non-trivial. Even Fuji's algorithm still has room for improvement. I take it that is what is holding up the LR support.

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By graybalanced (Apr 28, 2012)

If it's that "incredibly disappointing" you can run to one of Lightroom's competitors, since obviously they would support this camera already. Oh wait...nobody else does either (that I can find), for the same reasons

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 28, 2012)


So Silkypix 5 doesn't count, is that because it's garbage raw extraction software or is it because that's what Fuji is shipping with the X Pro1? A "yes" to both would be a perfectly valid response.

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Sam Carriere
By Sam Carriere (Apr 28, 2012)

Graybalanced, it is also incredibly disappointing that no remark ever posted in this forum fails to attract at least one smart-assed response.

And yes, the software shipped with the camera is an option for handling RAW, but I am not inclined to learn new software for every camera that I own.

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By graybalanced (Apr 29, 2012)

HowaboutRAW - I did say "...that I can find." I don't own the camera, so I didn't immediately remember that Silkypix will definitely work since it's bundled.

However...the fact is that both your and Sam Carriere's responses simply support my point. There's no need for anyone, including myself, to be snarky, but merely logical: If the only raw processor that supports X-Pro1 is garbage, and none of the pro-level raw processors have completed support for it yet, then of course there is some legitimate reason that the support is not available. One can conclude that it has to do with not releasing the converter until that the output that is produced meets a pro standard.

It also falls neatly within the classic triangle: "You can get it cheap, fast, or good, pick two." It's already cheap and you want it good, so it isn't going to come before its time.

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By Jeff2008 (Apr 29, 2012)

If I were in your position, I would blame myself for it.

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 29, 2012)


To be clear about two things: Silkypix is not cheap when purchased outside of a camera software bundle.

Also since I don't own the X Pro1, I'm not a hundred percent sure Fuji supplied a version of Silkypix 5 for extraction, but in the past many several camera makers, including Fuji, have used Silkypix.

(Generally Silkypix is so bad, I would not buy a camera which could only use that software for raw extraction, but this Fuji has that semi random RGB sensor, so it will take Adobe and or Bibble a while to work things out.)

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By ManuelVilardeMacedo (Apr 27, 2012)

I am currently sampling the Lr4 demo. It's fantastic. The only thing missing was correcting chromatic aberrations, which two of my lenses are prone to. Glad they're including it now, but this means my purchase will have to wait until this 4.1 version comes out. I wonder how long it will take...

By zenzei (Apr 27, 2012)

Wow, what also has increased steadily with every release of Lightroom is the installer! Now we are at 716MB for the Windows release - it is getting huge!

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 27, 2012)

It’s a little disappointing that this update isn’t a new version of ACR for Photoshop CS5 (say 6.7 rc2) what is this Lightroom only thing Adobe?

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Severian The Lame
By Severian The Lame (Apr 27, 2012)

According to the blog, this new feature requires process version 2012, which means LR 4.x and ACR 7.x. As far as Adobe is concerned ACR 6.x is a dead end with Photoshop CS 6 coming out 10 days from now.

By HowaboutRAW (Apr 27, 2012)

Severian The Lame:

That's all well and good, but then ACR 7 should still be available for Photoshop CS5. I'm not in the habit of buying upgrades of unproven software, nor am I interested in Lightroom 4. This last is not particularly addressed to you, Severian The Lame. The problem is that Adobe did release ACR 6.7 rc1 and then now this ACR 7 for Lightroom, never really dealing with 6.7.

By Austin101 (Apr 27, 2012)

great Nikon D3200 support but still no X-Pro1

Richard Butler
By Richard Butler (Apr 27, 2012)

The D3200 has a standard Bayer colour filter array - so optimized demosaicing is well understood. The X-Pro1's semi-irregular filter pattern is a much bigger challenge to get the best out of.

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By Aeturnum (Apr 27, 2012)

From a note on the release notes blog:
NOTE: The Lightroom and Camera Raw team is well aware of the new X-Pro1 camera from FUJIFILM. We are currently developing raw support for the X-Pro1 and look forward to providing it as soon as support is complete. Thanks for your patience on this topic.

By Combatmedic870 (Apr 27, 2012)

Thge nikon 3200 also has pretty much the exact same sensor as the sony a77,65 and nex7.

By wublili (Apr 28, 2012)

D3200 and Sonys don't have the same sensor. Their size is different even though both have equal number of pixels.

By wtf808 (Apr 29, 2012)

RC2 is not sluggish like 4, but for some reason all my library pics seem like they all lost saturation. So I uninstalled RC2 and went back the sluggish 4, and the colors are back.

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