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30 thoughts on “RAW Support for Sony a7R III”

    1. Thank you for the heads up on Capture One having A7r111 raw support! I picked one up last Thursday and headed off on a vacation. After shooting 800+ shots I realized LR didn’t yet have it. But now I’ve pulled them into Capture One and exported back as DNG and I’m off and running in LR. Thanks to Capture One too.

  1. Add Affinity Photo, and Luminar to the list. That makes five image editors that support A7RIII raw files. I have tried all of them and like Sony’s Imaging Edge the best. Looking at the raw files in its viewer they look good, but I am wondering if it is applying the same JPEG settings the A7RIII would have applied. Guess I will have to shoot some jpegs and compare.

  2. One problem with Imaging Edge raw conversion, is what you see on your screen after doing adjustments in the program’s editor, is not what you get when exporting to an Adobe RGB 16 bit tiff. When viewed in Photoshop, the image colors and contrast do not match what was viewed in the Imaging Edge editor. I haven’t seen this in other image editors, what you see is what you get when viewing the processed file in other editors.

  3. George Carmichael

    I’m already making monthly payments to Adobe for LR and Ps – now we need to go out and buy more software to deal with the Sony A7R3 raw file issue. Any idea when Adobe will fix the problem?

  4. I usually convert my NEF and old sony files to DNG via adobe image convertor. I have the most recent update of DNG convertor, yet it doesn’t recognize my new sony A7RIII? help..

    1. I never convert to DNG, but in the past, Adobe DNG Converter updates were released parallel to Lightroom CC & Photoshop CC updates. If that’s changed you’d need to check with Adobe.

      1. Found it! It says 10.3! Go to the about lightroom and up at the top it lists the raw update. All my other cameras were Nikon and haven’t had this issue before. Stoked!

    1. Adobe Raw Support will be out before you have your camera. Today is cutting it close on pre-ordering if you need it mid-April. Lots of pre-orders went in last month as soon as the pre-order links went live.

      1. Bummer……Didn’t have the funds until now :(. How does B&H typically do it, do they let you know better what timing it will be after the 10th? Never have pre-ordered before either.

  5. I need to open Sony A7R lll raw files in full 82mp size. Is it still possible to upgrade LR 6 dvd version to LR 6.14 in March 2019? That’s the only reason I would buy it as LR 5 dvd works fine for my other needs. Thanks Brian and I really appreciate this site!

  6. Sorry, I meant opening 82mb raw files from the A7R lll. Not interested in renting imaging software like CC. It looks like Adobe has taken down the ability to upgrade from LR 6 to 6.14. I have not been able to find a link anywhere for that. If that’s the case what would you recommend for use who don’t want to rent? Thanks!

    1. Adobe has been subscription only for the last four years. For 10 bucks a month you get Photoshop CC, Lightroom Classic CC, Lightroom CC &LIghtroom Mobile.

      Capture One Pro for Sony will cost you the same to keep up to date.

      If you don’t believe in paying for imaging software you can download Sony Imaging Edge.

  7. Yes, almost everyday. We all used to buy the Photoshop disk. Then we would upgrade when we thought we needed to. I didn’t upgrade every time a new version came out. Most photographers I know didn’t feel the need to. For me it was usually every other upgrade that came out. I prefer that choice. That’s all. It’s not a matter of which method is cheaper or how often one uses it.

    1. Since it sounds like you’re a pro, do your clients “own” all the photographs you shoot for them or do you “license” the rights for a specific usage?

      1. I license the right like anyone else or most photographers do. Or my stock agency does. I don’t see how that has anything to do with this conversation. I see imaging software the same as my camera gear or computer. I don’t rent those either. Some people trade their cars in every year or two. Some people lease their car. Some people drive one for ten years. I bought CS6 several years ago and it still works fine for me as does LR5. If it breaks then I’ll fix it or get a new model. I’m not one of those anti Adobe people. Adobe has been making the most amazing products for many years now. Adobe has enhanced my line of work more than words can say. But if it’s rent only then I have to move on and there is some up and coming competition which looks pretty exciting. I think the competition will be good for the industry as a whole.

        1. Do you ever have to explain to clients that just because they paid to use one of your photographs they don’t “own” it to use over and over again forever?

  8. On occasion I do. And I have also found that on occasion I find that an image of mine has been grabbed off the internet somewhere on someone’s blog, etc. If I see it I tell them. I once found that an image of mine with stars and a silhouette of junipers on a mesa in Arizona was used to advertise a national park in South Africa. But I think what we’re getting at here is the ethics of how Adobe software is used. If I bought CS6 many years ago then I own it. There were no limiting use issues at the time of purchase. I will choose when to upgrade whether it is an Adobe product or something else. Of coarse I can’t sell it and of coarse would not. That is Adobe’s © material. In other words there were no limits put on the licensing of that sale as far as use goes. I would not tell a print client they had to remove one of my photos from their living room wall after a year. If I rent CC monthly then I don’t own it and that’s fine. Those are the terms one agrees with when they give Adobe their credit card for the monthly charge. I do see the advantage of that with the regular updates but it”s just not for me. I believe in truth in packaging. The terms of whatever need to be stated before hand…. The PS and LR disk system was not working for Adobe. People were not updating often enough to keep that system going. It was also probably cumbersome for them to keep that going and now they can focus more on improvement of the software. They’re doing what they need to do to survive. I think the more choices for photographers the better. Let other companies step forward with perpetual licensing. It seems to be happening.

    1. Photography and Software are both intellectual property. I’ve had clients object to paying for re-licensing an image using the same argument that you used, “I paid for the photographs so I OWN them just like I own my office furniture and computers.” I explain that’s not the way I do business.

      It appears that Adobe has figured out the same thing. Like photographers Adobe license “usage” of their software rather than selling unlimited rights. This allows them to pay the software engineers who write the camera compatibility & lens profile updates to Camera Raw and Lightroom. Yup just like you and me, software engineers want to get paid for their work.

      1. I agree with you, Brian. I think you are misunderstanding me. I’ll try to make a more simple comparison. When I bought CS6 way back when there were no limits on how long I can use it. Use it over and over for as long as it last. That is the same as someone who hangs a print of the portrait you made of them 10 years ago. They don’t need to rent it from you, they bought it. I acknowledged the fact that Adobe had to figure out a way to survive and continue to pay their people. That’s a good thing and unfortunately there are many people that don’t get that. It’s the same mentality of people that don’t want to pay for music. Imaging software engineers have changed the world of photography. There are also software engineers working for newer companies who want to continue the perpetual licensing. That system is more for me so that”s where I will throw my support in years to come…. Cheers my friend and thank you for your great Sony-centric blog

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