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08-10-2010, 05:10 AM - 3 Likes   #1

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Adobe pushes out 645D body and lens support in ACR and LR

Just noticed, courtesy of DPR, that Adobe have pushed out Release Candidates of ACR 6.2 and Lightroom 3.2.

Lightroom 3.2 - Adobe Labs
Camera Raw 6.2 - Adobe Labs

One of the more interesting features of both is that they now both support the 645D, and that the Lightroom 3.2 release candidate now has lens profiles for the following 645 glass:

Pentax smc PENTAX-D FA645 55mmF2.8AL[IF] SDM AW
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 33-55mmF4.5AL
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 35mmF3.5AL[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 45mmF2.8
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 45-85mmF4.5
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 55-110mmF5.6
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 75mmF2.8
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 80-160mmF4.5
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 MACRO 120mmF4
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 150mmF2.8[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 150-300mmF5.6ED[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 200mmF4[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA*645 300mmF4ED[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 300mmF5.6ED[IF]
Pentax smc PENTAX-FA645 400mmF5.6ED[IF]

This is interesting, partly because

(a) few people outside of Japan have the 645D yet;
(b) Adobe is really moving fast to support this pro-grade camera; and
(c) someone (Pentax USA?) has clearly been liaising closely with Adobe about the 645D to get them so quickly up to speed on the 645D and suitable glass.

I am reading this as a good sign of Pentax getting into gear to support high-end users. This might bode well for other potential high-end hardware in the pipeline.

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Thanks for sharing this news! +rep.

Pentax definitely seems to be moving in the right direction with this.

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good to hear!

adobe is taking "notice" of Pentax... good stuff!
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Shame there are no APS-C or earlier 135format lenses officially provided yet.

Ok, we can make them ourselves. I for one have spent considerable time just making profiles for my DA*16-50/2.8 and DA21/3.2. But still I imagine the Adobe created profiles are at least quality checked if from an outside source and if made by Adobe themselves I imagine they would be created in a controlled environment. Which, either way, should provide better results than downloading user made profiles for which no quality guarantee can be given, regardless and not questioning the creator's good intentions. Sole exception being creating a good profile (covering many variations) for one's own lens, since that would cover sample variation that Adobe cannot provide in a general profile anyway.

Let's hope the source it Pentax, as that would indicate that Pentax recognises Adobe LR as a "partner" in digital photography, as such giving us hope that all Pentax lenses would be provided for shortly?


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I don't understand Adobe, do they really think that they will sell more copies by adding 645 lenses then 135 lenses?
I wonder who is making their marketing decisions....

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08-10-2010, 06:45 AM   #6

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Pentax must have worked closely with Adobe here. I mean, who else would be able to put together practically the whole 645 glass lens library for Adobe to work on? And what motivation would Adobe have had - other than some deal with Pentax - to incorporate the 645D into ACR and LR, when there are probably only about 2 645D bodies available at the moment in all of North America?
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OP, there are a lot of people in Japan who use Adobe products, so what's the big deal?
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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
OP, there are a lot of people in Japan who use Adobe products, so what's the big deal?
I guess between 1000 and 2000 645D's have been produced now?
How many K??s are on market today?

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One thing I just thought of. Adobe of course encourages users to profile their lenses themselves and share these with the community in a repository. From the feedback I got after submitting the profiles I created, I gathered that Adobe was only going to put them in the repository after some sort of quality check? As of now, LR doesn't connect to this repository, but ACR does? I don't use ACR so I cannot tell what's available... But perhaps most Pentax lenses are by now supported by profiles that have passed quality check? And hence Pentax and Adobe have concentrated on lenses that haven't been profiled by the user community yet?

I suppose most 645D users are pro's for whom the time they spend on their job doesn't allow for unbillable time spent profiling a lens? Don't think there is significant ROI from this effort. So it makes sense that Pentax/Adobe chooses to support them and allow the other lenses to be served by the community.

Us LR users will probably have to wait until LR connects to the repository to find out?

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QuoteOriginally posted by creampuff Quote
OP, there are a lot of people in Japan who use Adobe products, so what's the big deal?
It's not a huge deal - literally, since the 645D is such a niche product, in every market, including Japan.

I just think it is notable that Adobe was able to/ motivated to roll out such comprehensive lens and body support so quickly. As far as I know, even today there are no current Adobe released lens profiles for any other Pentax lenses.
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I would have to think that Pentax did most of the work here. Look at the long list of Sigma lenses - I don't have LR in front of me, but IIRC there were more Sigma profiles than for any other lens manufacturer. I can only assume that Sigma provided many of those - why would Adobe spend so much time profiling third-party lenses while OEM ones go unprofiled? (OK, Sigmas are OEM for their camera, but who uses that?!)
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I miss the Pentax smc PENTAX-A*645 600mmF5.6ED[IF].

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