Automatic Lens Correction Coming to Lightroom 3!
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Sneak-preview video of a lens-correction feature that will be part of Lightroom 3:

Photoshop and Lightroom Lens Correction Feature Preview

The video shows ACR (Adobe Camera Raw), but the presenter (Tom Hogarty, Lightroom's product manager) makes it clear that the same functionality will be part of Lr3 as well.

The ability to correct for lens distortion will be so welcome, especially for lenses that have lots of compromises. For example, the Nikkor 18-200VR I used on a camping trip a few years ago left all the ocean horizons — which should be flat — with a strong bow.

Even top-level lenses need some corrections... the video shows an example with a Zeiss.

The recent announcement by Sigma that it's providing lens-correction profiles for Photoshop bodes well for Lightroom and my new Sigma Bigma. I haven't noticed yet whether The Bigma suffers from much distortion, but it's a 10× superzoom, so I'd assume it does. One thing I have noticed, though, is that it has strong vignetting in some cases, so it could certainly use this new Lr3 lens-correction feature just on that count.

Can't wait!


All 8 comments so far, oldest first...

I agree… Can’t wait! This, along with all of the other new features, will definitely make version 3 worth the upgrade price.

— comment by Marc on April 28th, 2010 at 12:07pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

The preview video also indicates that the new feature will provide manual perspective control, too. This is something I will find even more useful than lens correction.

— comment by Phil Rose on April 28th, 2010 at 11:09pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I think it will be nice to have this functionality available, but often I find that the “corrected” images can look generic and lifeless compared to the originals. It’s just a truth about being human that it’s the imperfections in something that often make it appealing, even if just on a subconscious level.

I agree, particularly with the natural vignette that many lenses have, but for ocean horizon shots I’ll be happy to correct the distortion. And the corrections also include chromatic aberration, which I’ll welcome all the time. According to the video, each can be applied or not on an individual basis. —Jeffrey

— comment by Zak on April 29th, 2010 at 11:25pm JST (7 years, 8 months ago) comment permalink

I still can’t wait for that, so meanwhile I am going to test third party software (PTLens and DxO Optics Pro) to correct lens problems. I mainly suffer from distortion and chromatic aberration. IMHO vignetting is good, it helps focus on main object on the photo. When in some cases (e.g. plain light background) it is too much noticed, it can be easily corrected manually.


Best regards,
Rafał Magda from Poland

Your wait for Lr3 won’t disappoint… the lens correction is very good. About manual vignette corrections, I’ve generally found that very difficult to do well, because you have to exactly match the vignetting or you get clearly-artificial artifacts (halos) where the correction does not perfectly offset the error. Especially with the Sigma lens profiles, which are theoretically perfect because they were derived mathematically (not experimentally like the others), the result is very good. —Jeffrey

— comment by Rafal Magda on May 14th, 2010 at 8:56pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

Thank God… one of the very few reasons I ever still open Photoshop for photography reasons (still use it every day for web design, funny enough.) They should start calling Photoshop Webshop and rename Lightroom to Photoshop.

Lens correction always belonged. LR3 seems like it will finally be a one-stop solution. I do wish they would make the spot correction tool a bit faster or implement a clone stamp tool for painting out distractions quickly. The spot correction is good for dust and pimples, not so good for removing a stray arm from the side of a photo or something like that. But then, maybe that’s what will always separate the two products. Lightroom has never been about seriously altering the content of your photos. But it would be handy.

— comment by Jon Van Dalen on May 15th, 2010 at 8:04pm JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

You’re right, it’s not easy to clone out stray distractions, but with a little patience, you can do quite a bit.

Here’s a photo that I thought would be a worth an attempt. 100% LR2, no Photoshop involved.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eaglekepr/4234734155/in/set-72157623116815704/

It took some time to do, but it worked. Here are screenshots of before and after the spot healing tool:

No Spot Heal
Spot Healing Circles

— comment by JasonP on May 16th, 2010 at 7:23am JST (7 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I have searched the web and cannot find out what lenses Lightroom 3 for lens correction.

Does anybody know anything about this.

There is no definitive list because you can create your own profiles via the lens-profile creator app, and you can download profiles from the community via something in Photoshop. But here’s a list of lenses covered with a stock install of Lr3, that I just generated by looking at the profiles in the app-data folder:

Adobe (Apple iPhone 3G)
Adobe (Apple iPhone 3GS)
Adobe (Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 15-85mm f3.5-5.6 IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 15mm f/2.8)
Adobe (Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L Macro USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L USM)
Adobe (Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM)
Adobe (Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM)
Adobe (Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM)
Adobe (Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS)
Adobe (Canon PowerShot G10)
Adobe (Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF Fisheye-Nikkor 16mm f/2.8D)
Adobe (Nikon AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED)
Adobe (Nikon COOLPIX P6000)
Adobe (SIGMA 10-20mm F3.5 EX DC HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 10-20mm F4-5.6 EX DC / HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 10mm F2.8 EX DC FISHEYE HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 12-24mm F4.5-5.6 EX DG ASPHERICAL / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY/
Adobe (SIGMA 15mm F2.8 EX DG DIAGONAL FISHEYE, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM, Canon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4.5 DC MACRO / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 18-125mm F3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS / HSM, Canon/Nikon/SIGMA/
Adobe (SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8 EX DC MACRO / HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 18-50mm F2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 20mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL RF, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 EX DG MACRO, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 24mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 28-300mm F3.5-6.3 DG MACRO, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 28-70mm F2.8-4 DG, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 28mm F1.8 EX DG ASPHERICAL MACRO, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 30mm F1.4 EX DC / HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 4.5mm F2.8 EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE, Canon/Nikon/Pentax/Sigma/Sony)
Adobe (SIGMA 50-200mm F4-5.6 DC OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG OS, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 8-16mm F4.5-5.6 DC HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, Canon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA 8mm F3.5 EX DG CIRCULAR FISHEYE, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 100-300mm F4 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 120-300mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, Canon/Nikon/SIGMA)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 200-500mm F2.8 / 400-1000mm F5.6 EX DG, Canon/Nikon/SIGMA)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 300-800mm F5.6 EX DG HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/SIGMA/
Adobe (SIGMA APO 300mm F2.8 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 50-500mm F4-6.3 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 500mm F4.5 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM, Canon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 70-300mm F4-5.6 DG MACRO, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO 800mm F5.6 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA APO MACRO 150mm F2.8 EX DG HSM, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/SIGMA)
Adobe (SIGMA APO MACRO 180mm F3.5 EX DG / HSM, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA MACRO 105mm F2.8 EX DG, Canon/Nikon/Olympus/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA MACRO 50mm F2.8 EX DG, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (SIGMA MACRO 70mm F2.8 EX DG, Canon/Nikon/PENTAX/SIGMA/SONY)
Adobe (Sigma DC 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3)
Adobe (Sigma DC 4.5mm f/2.8 HSM)
Adobe (Sigma DG 12-24mm f/4.5-5.6 EX HSM)
Adobe (Sigma DG 15mm f/2.8 EX)
Adobe (Sigma DG 8mm f/3.5 EX)
Adobe (Sony 50mm f/1.4)
Adobe (Sony DT 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3)
Adobe (Tamron Di 28-75mm f/2.8 SP XR LD IF)
Canon EOS 5D Mark II (Canon EF 15mm f/2.8)
Canon EOS-1D Mark III (Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM)

The Sigma profiles are very good, as they were generated by Sigma directly from the lens design data. —Jeffrey

— comment by William Hazard on June 13th, 2010 at 10:16pm JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink

Hi I didn’t understand how you created this profiles, have shared these lcp file you have created? What do you mean by looking at app data folder. Do you mean you have created all these by actually taking photos of the calibration charts as required by these profile creator? I am looking for Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM profile for APS-C censored camera.

Thanks,
koti.
India.

I haven’t created any profiles except for testing. Photoshop apparently has a way to search/download profiles others have made, but there’s nothing in Lightroom for that yet (which is very unfortunate), but you can install them by hand if you can find them. You can also make them yourself with the LPCT (Lens Profile Creation Tool) from Adobe’s labs site. —Jeffrey

— comment by Koti on June 26th, 2010 at 10:56pm JST (7 years, 6 months ago) comment permalink
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