Lightroom 5.5 Update

Wednesday was a big day for Adobe, which made some huge announcements about the new features added to the Creative Cloud subscription. With a bit less fanfare Lightroom 5.5 was also released. You can get it here for Windows | Mac.

Creative Cloud or Standalone?

Lightroom is a funny animal in that it is available via a Creative Cloud subscription or you can just purchase a good old fashioned perpetual license for it alone. Because Lightroom exists in both spaces it won’t see the same new features that might get added into the Camera Raw plugin that is only part of the Creative Cloud subscription (a recent example is the new brush functionality added to the Graduated Filter in Camera Raw 8.5). We can only hope that these new features will make their way into the next full version of Lightroom. I should point out that while the new features are not exposed in the Lightroom interface, Lightroom would support the rendering of the new functionality if a photo edited in Camera Raw 8.5 was imported into Lightroom. That said, here is what is included in Lightroom 5.5.

New Camera Support

The most anticipated aspect of these updates is the inclusion of new camera raw formats. Lightroom 5.5 adds support for the following cameras:

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

New Tethered Support

In addition, Lightroom 5.5 now supports the following cameras for tethered shooting:

  • Canon T5
  • Nikon DF
  • Nikon D610
  • Nikon D5300

New Lens Support

Support for the following lenses was also added:

Canon Mount

  • Sigma 50m F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B0163

Fujifilm Mount:

  • Fujifilm Tele Conversion Lens TCL-X100

Nikon Mount:

  • Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f3.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200 F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014
  • Tamron 16-300mm F3.5-6.3 Dill VC PZD MACRO B016N
  • Tamron SP 150-600mm F5-6.3 Di VC USD A011N

Pentax Mount:

  • Sigma 30mm F.14 DC HSM A013

Sigma Mount:

  • Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM A014
  • Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM C014

Sony Alpha Mount

  • Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM A013
  • Sony Alpha 28-75mm F2.8 SAM

What’s Been Fixed?

And finally, a number of bugs have been squashed. Fuji X-T1 users should pay special attention:

  • 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 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 wouldappear 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 Preferences dialog.
    • Nikon D1
    • Nikon D1H
    • Nikon D1X
    • Nikon D2H
    • Nikon D2Hs
    • Nikon D2X
    • Nikon D2Xs
    • Nikon D100
    • Nikon D200

How to Get the Download

To get the new download just launch your Adobe Creative Cloud app or to manually download Lightroom 5.5: Windows | Mac.

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Join the conversation! 6 Comments

  1. I’m noticing “out of memory” errors randomly since upgrading to 5.5. Thumbnails start showing as corrupt and unable to edit. Windows 7, 8GB RAM.

  2. Have any other bugs been discovered with 5.5? Recent updates have jacked things up bad enough that I am now afraid to update.

  3. Ligtroom is closing/shutting down every time I trie to install a preset. I have logged out from my creative cloud profile and logged in again. How come I doesn’t work. Lightroom 5 worked fantastic on my computer, but since the update, bad things happend. I pay for lightroom and photoshop every month, and therfor I expect it to work. Can I get my lightroom 5 back? I need it to edit my photos. I’ve chatted with adobe support and none of their soloutions worked. How do I get it fixed?


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About Rob Sylvan

Rob Sylvan is a photographer, trainer, and author. Aside from also being the Lightroom Help Desk Specialist for KelbyOne, an instructor for the Perfect Picture School of Photography and the Digital Photo Workshops, and the host of Peachpit’s Lightroom Resource Center. He is a founding member of Stocksy United (a stock photography co-op). Rob writes the “Under the Loupe” column for Photoshop User Magazine, is a regular contributor to Lightroom User magazine, and is the author of many photography related books.


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