Lightroom 5.5 and Camera RAW 8.5 Update

Today is a big release date for Adobe, because the company is rolling out a few major updates to its Adobe Creative Cloud platform, along with new apps for mobile devices designed for creative professionals and enthusiasts. One of the silent updates that got rolled and did not get much press is the final version of Lightroom 5.5 and Camera RAW 8.5. Adobe was so busy with its new products and updates, that it did not include any information on additional features included in Lightroom 5.5. It seems like the final release is similar to the 5.5 release candidate, where support for additional lenses and cameras were added, as shown below. The most notable bugfixes in this release are: properly reading lossless compressed files from older Nikon DSLRs and correct processing of Fuji X-T1 RAW files when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400% setting. And the most notable feature for Nikon D610 owners is that now there is finally tethering support, although Adobe never mentioned it on their website!

Lightroom 5

Camera and Lens Support

Here is the list of all newly supported camera models:

  • Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark II
  • Fuji FinePix S1
  • Nikon 1 J4
  • Nikon 1 S2
  • Nikon 1 V3
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10
  • Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GH4
  • Pentax 645Z
  • Samsung NX3000
  • Sony DSC-RX100 III
  • Sony A7S (ILCE-7S)
  • Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II (ILCA-77M2)

The list of newly supported lenses for the Lens Corrections module includes the new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art that we have recently reviewed:

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 for Canon
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 for Canon
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016E for Canon
  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100 for Fuji
  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM for Nikon
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR for Nikon
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 for Nikon
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 for Nikon
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N for Nikon
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N for Nikon
  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 for Pentax
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014 for Sigma
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014 for Sigma
  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013 for Sony Alpha
  • Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM for Sony Alpha

Bug Fixes

Here is the detailed list of bug fixes::

  • Improved responsiveness in Develop module while Lightroom mobile sync is occurring.
  • Custom Develop module default settings were not syncing correctly to Lightroom mobile.
  • Initial rendition in Develop would sometimes appear posterized.
  • Undo function failed and applied a preset instead.
  • Scaling looked inaccurate when scaling to 200% in Windows.
  • Manual slideshows sometimes did not advance to the next slide as expected.
  • Aspect ratio changed when modifying the crop rectangle and when rotating the crop
  • Image flips between portrait and landscape after switching orientation while shooting tethered with Leica S cameras.
  • Fixed issue with Fujifilm X-T1 raw images appearing too bright at high ISO settings when using Dynamic Range 200% and 400%. Unfortunately, this fix may affect the appearance of existing images captured with this combination of settings. It is recommended that you (1) purge the Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog, and (2) review images shot at ISO settings higher than 1600 for unexpected brightness changes.
  • Fixed image quality issue (noisy result) when applying spot healing to floating-point (HDR) images.
  • Fixed issue with reading lossless compressed Nikon raw files (NEF files) from the camera models listed below. Previously, some images could be read but would appear as random noise, whereas attempting to open others would result in an error dialog. You will need to purge your Camera Raw cache via the Camera Raw Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200


And here is a full list of new features:

  • Modify Graduated and Radial Filter masks with a brush:
    • After adding or selecting a Graduated or Radial Filter instance, click the new ‘Brush’ mode (next to existing ‘New’ and ‘Edit’ mode buttons) to reveal brush controls that allow you to modify the selected mask.
    • Use the ‘Brush +’ and ‘Brush -’ icon buttons in the brush controls pane to add to or erase from the selected mask.
    • Press the ‘Clear’ button to remove all brush modifications from the currently selected mask.
    • When a Graduated or Radial Filter instance is selected, Shift-K can be used to enter and leave brush modification mode.
    • For more information, check out this video here
  • Mask visualization is now available for the Graduated and Radial Filters. Use the Mask checkbox at the bottom of the Local Corrections pane or press ‘Y’ to toggle the mask overlay.
  • Added Per-Panel Preview default toggle button
    • If the current panel’s settings are not the ACR defaults, clicking the new Per-panel Toggle Button will reset the panel to the ACR defaults.
    • Clicking the button again will restore the previous settings.
    • This is a standalone feature, separate from the new Preview controls.
    • The changes are applied to the main view; if you have both the Before and After panes visible, changes will appear in the After panel.

How to Update

Click the following links to update to Lightroom 5.5:

Adobe Lightroom 5.5 (Windows)
Adobe Lightroom 5.5 (Mac)

And here are the links for Camera RAW 8.5:

Adobe Camera RAW 8.5 (Windows)
Adobe Camera RAW 8.5 (Mac)


  1. 1) Craig
    June 18, 2014 at 12:49 pm

    They didn’t fix the ‘undo’ bug that applies a random preset?

    • 1.1) Jason
      June 18, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      I hate that bug. Didn’t realize others had this issue as well. I thought there was just something wrong with my computer/install.

  2. 2) Deirdre
    June 18, 2014 at 1:01 pm

    How about being faster?

    • 2.1) goldaccess
      June 20, 2014 at 2:06 pm

      Import seems faster to me.

  3. 3) Phil
    June 18, 2014 at 1:08 pm

    Adobe still not supporting Lightroom tethering for Nikon D610

    • 3.1) Gary Tucker
      June 18, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Happily this isn’t correct: Lightroom *will* now do tethering on the D610. I just tested it successfully with mine. After all these months, O frabjous day!

      • 3.1.1) Phil
        June 18, 2014 at 11:59 pm

        Thank you Gary. Its really a good news. Now I am waiting for Pocketwizard to update their firmware to support Nikon D610.

  4. 4) TR
    June 18, 2014 at 1:13 pm

    Thanks for sharing this. I am a little confused though: I run 5.4 and can import my E-M10 RAW files without any problem – is there improved support or is this an error in the announcement.

    • June 18, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      TR, the version you have is release candidate and it will expire in a month, so it is best to update.

      • 4.1.1) TR
        June 19, 2014 at 12:22 am

        I don’t think so, Nasim. I run 5.4, not a release candidate but the proper version, and that has support for the E-M10. However, looking around I now see that the E-M10 support in 5.4 is classed as “preliminary”, so that explains that!

  5. 5) Phillip M Jones
    June 18, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    You still can get the 8.5 Raw Update.

    When you go to adobe site to download the 5.5 update for Lightroom type in: DNG Converter search box at type of screen. A Drop down box will show three options one for Mac , one for Windows , and one other.

    Choose the version you need what this converter does is convert NEF to what Adobe says it should be DNG and this will open in an adobe product such as Lightroom, Photoshop and so on.

    • June 18, 2014 at 9:38 pm

      Philip, thanks for pointing this out – the links were not there this morning when I posted this article!

  6. 6) Jacob
    June 18, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    That list of “all newly supported camera models” is missing half of them.

    • June 18, 2014 at 9:39 pm

      Jacob, thanks for pointing it out – Adobe’s site was incomplete this morning and looks like they’ve fixed it!

  7. 7) Thomas
    June 19, 2014 at 12:11 am

    Are you sure the new filter brush is also available in LR 5.5? I could not download and try it yet but found comments on other forum stating that this new feature is missing in LR 5.5

    • 7.1) Serge
      June 19, 2014 at 2:23 am

      same for me.
      I contacted Adobe Support and they do not know (10 minutes ago). They told me to “perhaps wait for an update…”

      • 7.1.1) Nishant Ratnakar
        June 19, 2014 at 12:15 pm

        The filter brush update is not there in LR 5.5 it is only in adobe camera raw 8.5 . I have downloaded LR 5.5, and I can verify and tell that it ins’t updated with filter brush feature.

        • Serge
          June 19, 2014 at 12:39 pm

          Hum, when I go to Lightroom 5.5 Help / About panel, it says”lightroom 5.5 + Camera raw 8.5″.
          As well, when I start Bridge and open a jpeg file with Camera Raw (it says also version 8.5) : same result, the “gradual filter” does not have the brush feature. This time there’s no Lightroom in the game.
          So what ? Are there 2 different Camera Raw versions, one with and one without the brush feature ?
          This is not clear to me.

    • 7.2) Bob
      June 19, 2014 at 3:54 pm

      I agree. Lightroom 5.5 for Windows does NOT have the ‘new’ brush features.
      I did not try the RC version.
      I started Photoshop 2014 CC and then selected Browse in Bridge. Selected an image, opened it in ACR 8.5, and there it is, the Brush option as described above.
      So, what is happening or not happening with LR 5.5 and its version of ACR 8.5????????
      PS – I just checked on both my Desktop PC and my Laptop PC. Same results.

      • 7.2.1) serge
        June 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

        One thing to add : I use PhotoShop CS6, not CC 2014.
        Is this guiding Camera Raw 8.5 to either show the brush feature (combined with CC 2014 in your case) or not to show the brush feature (combined with CS6 in my case) ???

        • Bob
          June 19, 2014 at 5:39 pm

          Serge, I also have CS6. I just opened it and its version of ACR 8.5 does NOT have the new brush features.
          Maybe this is a clue to the problem with LR 5.5.

  8. 8) Neil
    June 19, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Can I get that lens that they say they now support:

    Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 DiII VC PZD MACRO B016N for Nikon

    • 8.1) Neil
      June 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

      Oops, misread that one. :) My mind said 16-3000! lol, now applying egg to my face.

  9. 9) Phillip M Jones
    June 19, 2014 at 4:57 pm

    Also If you have Current version of Photoshop Elements will also automatically download the 8.5 Raw Update. You will always be able to use the Latest DNG Converter regardless if you have the very latest CS subscription of version 2 of Photoshop.

  10. 10) Phillip M Jones
    June 20, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    I missed type some of part of my Comment:

    “You will always be able to use the Latest DNG Converter regardless if you have the very latest CS subscription of version 2 of Photoshop.”

    Should have been:
    You will always be able to use the Latest DNG Converter regardless if you have the very latest CS subscription or version 2 of Photoshop.

  11. 11) Bob
    June 24, 2014 at 1:29 pm

    I continue to look for the LR update that includes the aforementioned Brushes in the Radial and Graduated Filters. Has anyone seen them in LR vs PS 2014 CC?

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