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09 Feb 2020 18:44 #6809 by lisa_hubbard
Hi,

I have been happily using an old version of Lightroom (Version 4) for editing photos. However, last year I bought a new camera, upgrading from a Nikon D90 to a Nikon D7200. I now cannot import RAW files from the new camera into Lightroom, JPEGS are ok though.

Does anyone know a workaround for this? Some sort of plugin? I couldn't find anything online, just a workaround by converting images to DNG??

Or will I need to upgrade to the new Cloud version of Lightroom? If I do, does anyone know f this is an easy process without having to move any files etc?

Any advice very much appreciated.

Regards,
Lisa

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09 Feb 2020 21:28 #6821 by LinaC
Hi Lisa my Lightroom is 5 and I upload photos from a d810. You should be able to upload your photos. I don't have the answer but I could take a look at your computer if you like. I'm better on hands on. I'm happy to help. I live in Eaton if yr close by I can take a look at it. Otherwise I'm not sure why. Tomorrow I'm at a first aid course all day. Are you available during the day? Let me know.

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10 Feb 2020 00:32 #6823 by lisa_hubbard
Hi Lina, no I'm not available during the day. The issue is that my camera is too new for the Lightroom version and it doesn't recognise the raw images because of this. When I try to import I get the message below. Also I can't preview the images.
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10 Feb 2020 06:45 #6826 by LinaC
Ok I have had the same when a Lexar card is inserted. I had lightroom 4 and had a D7000. I'm not convinced your lightroom cannot view. Can you tell me what type of card your using in your camera?

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10 Feb 2020 12:38 #6827 by Chris dB
Hi Lisa, sounds like Lina might be on the right track. I'm sure that Nikon would still be using the same raw file type NEF I think?? So Lightroom would allow the import, it would not be able to find your camera/lens for the calibration though. I can't see the error message that you said you had posted.

Cheers Chris
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10 Feb 2020 18:56 #6832 by lisa_hubbard
Hi Lina and Chris,
Thanks very much for your replies and help. I really appreciate you trying to help as I am out of ideas! Yes the RAW format is still an NEF, same as my old camera. The card I am using is SanDisk, the same as my old camera. I attached a word document to to my post above with the screenshots, it appears as a grey square blob under the post, which I think must be the new forum format. Its not very easy to pick up. I have now tried to attach it again inserted in this reply, so hope you can see it. Yes I agree it should be something to do with not recognising the new camera and/or lens, but I couldn't find anything online on how to update the camera specifications. However, it imports the JPEG format of the photos ok which are also from the new camera and same card! So that suggests an issue with RAW only...

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10 Feb 2020 19:03 #6833 by Richard H
Hi Lisa,
I had a similar problem when going from a D40 to a D90 to make things work I converted files to DNG on import, I am now using the subscription version and no longer convert files, they all get imported as NEF from D7200 and D750 also the Nikon 1 V1

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10 Feb 2020 20:39 #6839 by Chris dB
Hi Lisa, I can see your attachment. As Richard suggests you'll need to convert to DNG format on import.

Cheers Chris

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10 Feb 2020 22:47 #6841 by lisa_hubbard
Hi Chris and Richard,
Thanks for your replies and help. So I was on the right track at the beginning but I didn't really know what a DNG file was. I still only know what I have recently read. Richard, is this as good as an NEF raw file to work with, or do you lose any info on conversion? Would you recommend converting to DNG and staying with Lightroom 4 or upgrading Lightroom? I might speak with you tomorrow night at the committee meeting if that's ok. lisa
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12 Feb 2020 09:48 #6845 by Chris dB
Lisa, you will be fine using DNG, I have used this for years, only just recently gone back to my native camera file. At the end of the day you'll start to have more and more problems using Lightroom 4. As you start to upgrade your equipment, as you have already noticed and when you next upgrade your computer you may find that you have no choice but to upgrade to the subscription version.

Cheers Chris
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12 Feb 2020 11:57 #6848 by MikeB
Lisa, I have always converted to .dng as this allows me to use a multitude of different software if I want. I can't see any impact from the original file - I'm using Canon.
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