Lightroom Classic & Lightroom Desktop | March 2021

The latest updates Lightroom Classic (10.2) and the Lightroom Desktop (4,2) were released to customers today (15 March). These updates are primarily to provide new camera, tethering, and lens support along with bug fixes. There are also some performance tweaks that should benefit macOS customers. More details are provided below.

Additional Camera Tethering Support (Lr Classic)

Camera tethering support has been expanded to include additional Canon cameras, which includes the EOS R5 and R6.  Additionally, the EOS R5 and R6 benefit from the  ‘Live View’ feature first seen in version 10. This feature is particularly useful for studio portraiture and product photography.

Live View Tethering with Canon EOS R5

When Live View is on, you will also see Focus control buttons, including Auto- Focus  button in the Tether bar. However, the focus controls are enabled only if the lens is in Auto Focus mode.

For Nikon customers, Adobe has also included beta support for tethering, albeit not yet for the Z-series cameras.

More details on Tethered Capture and Live View can be found here.

Library – Performance

macOS users who have been experiencing significant performance issues in the Library module since Lr Classic 10 was first introduced will be pleased to read that the issues have been fixed. The Library leverages the GPU for drawing of Images, which should help in optimising the Grid, Loupe, Survey and Compare views in Library along with Filmstrip. Therefore, you should experience better performance in in the following on both the main and secondary monitors.

  • Improved / smoother Grid scrolling with trackpad scrolling or mouse scrolling as inputs
  • Faster walking in Library Loupe view
  • Faster walking in Compare view

Note that above performance improvements should also be noticeable when using 4K and 5K monitors.

Develop – Walk Performance

The Develop module Walk behaviour on macOS systems has been improved to help with faster navigation through Images in filmstrip.

Additionally, image rendering for Navigator and Detail panel views in Develop has been improved.

Batch Edit Performance

This version also sees some optimisation the of batch edit operations. Improvements in the batch edit operations can be seen in the following workflows:

  • Copy Paste Settings
  • Sync Settings
  • Quick Develop
  • Auto Sync

New Camera Support

Details of new camera support added since the last release can be found here

New Lens Correction Support

Details of new lens support added since the last release can be found here

Bug Fixes

Lightroom Classic bug fixes listed here

Lightroom Desktop bug fixes listed here

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