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In the latest updates from Adobe, Lightroom CC 2015.3  and 6.3 for those on standalone versions, official support for Leica SL (Typ 601) DNG files has been added. Photoshop Camera Raw 9.3 is also available for update as well, offering the same support for those using Photoshop and Bridge. This is great news and perfect timing as the first Leica SL cameras are now making their way to happy homes.

When I first tried out the camera, the images looked very good in Lightroom, even without official support. Now, having reprocessed a number of files with the latest update installed, they look downright amazing. The biggest changes I see are the improvement of noise at high ISO, color accuracy when using the Adobe Standard color profile and a wider dynamic range. The files respond far better to highlight and shadow recovery as well.

Upgrades are available immediately at or by upgrading in the Creative Cloud app on your computer.




About The Author

Leica Specialist

David Farkas is a self-admitted Leica junkie and an avid photographer since he was seven years old. He also owns and operates leading Leica dealer Leica Store Miami in beautiful Coral Gables, Florida with his wife Juliana. David has years of experience shooting with just about every Leica camera and lens made within the last few decades.

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7 Responses

  1. Tiago

    is this for real? because i have everything up to date and my SL is still not recognized in Lightroom… weird…

      • Tiago

        whatever the latest is from Creative Cloud.

      • Tiago

        Lightroom 2015.5.1 Release and Camera Raw 9.5.1

      • David Farkas

        The only indications that the camera is fully supported are the proper display of camera metadata, showing there is an Adobe Standard camera profile and that the lens profile was automatically applied.

        Are you seeing these in your Develop module with SL files loaded?

      • tiago

        i’ll look. More looking for shooting tethered compatibility. i thought that was the big news here.

      • David Farkas

        Ah. Unfortunately, Lightroom doesn’t yet support direct tethering in LR yet. In the meantime, you could use Leica Image Shuttle to put DNG files from the camera into a folder on your computer, then enable Auto Import in Lightroom, setting the watched folder to the same one you selected as output in Image Shuttle.

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