January 18th, 2015
I spent the last 2 weeks looking for a lens correction profile for the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm F/2.8 PRO FX Lens. I use this lens on a Nikon D700 and I shoot RAW (DNG) files. I process my photos in Adobe Lightroom.
After a little research, I noticed that my Lightroom 5 does, in fact, have a lens profile for the Tokina 16-28mm lens. I also checked the lens profile list at the adobe site and that list indicates that Lightroom supports the lens. There are two ways to check if Lightroom supports any given lens:
- If you have Lightroom: First of all make sure you have the latest version. As of this writing it’s version 5.7. Select any RAW file. Then go to the Lens Corrections panel. Click on the profile tab. Click the Enable Profile Corrections check box. Then use the Make, Model and Profile selectors to search through all the available lenses.
- If you don’t have Lightroom: Go to the Adobe.com list of Lightroom supported lenses and all the lenses Lightroom supports are listed.
This whole discussion with Willie, and the research I did to answer his question, made me realize how much I depend on the Lightroom lens profile for my wide-angle lens and that my lenses table needed some updating. There are very few wide angle lenses these days that don’t have Lightroom support. There is only one lens in the lenses table that doesn’t have a Lightroom profile:
- Tamaron 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 – this lens is widely used, but only available now used. This lens is going to be replaced by the Tokina AT-X 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX soon. Like in Feb 2015.
- Olympus and Panasonic Micro For Thirds cameras have lens correction done in the camera. See this dpreview.com article for details.
- Tilt-Shift lenses don’t have profiles because the have knobs that you can purposely crank around and change the lens characteristics. Tom Niemann over at the PTLens site has a discussion about lens correction with tilt-shift lenses.
There is a period of time when a new lens like the Tokina 11-20 or the Canon 10-18 comes out before a profile is available, but within months there is usually a Lightroom update that provides a lens profile. Don’t ask me what happened with the Tamaron 11-18mm and why it never got a profile.