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What To Do When Lightroom Can’t Find Your Lens Profile

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Howdy everybody – hope you had a nice weekend. Now, let’s do some Lightroom stuff! 🙂

If you’ve ever had an image that needed a lens correction, but you went to the Lens Corrections panel; turned on “Enable Profile Corrections” (as seen above), and absolutely nothing happened, it’s probably because Lightroom wasn’t able to figure out which make and model of camera you used, so it couldn’t apply the appropriate lens profile to correct it.

Now, you’re probably thinking, “Wait — right up under the Histogram it lists the lens, f/stop and other EXIF data — how could it not know which make and model of camera and lens I used — it lists the fact that I used a 14mm lens right there?” Ahhh, this is another of life’s great mysteries (and maybe one day somebody at Adobe will explain this to me [hint: the awesome Jeff Tranberry], but until then, at least I can tell you how to fix it.

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All you really have to do is click on the Profile tab at the top of the panel, and in the Lens Profile section, the Make, Model, and Profile are all set to None. All you usually have to do is to choose your camera’s Make (from the Make pop-up menu, as shown above) and that’s it — it now suddenly knows “Oh, you shot this with a Canon camera.” and then it not only suddenly knows the model camera you shot it with, but it now instantly finds the appropriate lens profile within Lightroom’s built-in collection of lens profiles, and the correction is applied. You choose the camera make — it does the rest. Pretty sweet.

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That usually does the trick, except sometimes it doesn’t actually have the exact profile for your lens (Lightroom has a huge built-in library of lens profiles, but it doesn’t have them all, especially if the lens you’re using is a relatively new lens and Adobe hasn’t had a chance to add it to the database during a free update), so it chooses one that it thinks is pretty close, and sometimes it works really well, and sometimes it’s a mess (especially when it applies a fish-eye correction profile, which is sometimes will do if you used a super-wide angle, like my 14mm). Read on.

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If Lightroom doesn’t have the right profile for your lens (and undoubtedly as some point this will happen), if you click on the “Model” pop-up menu, it lists the profiles it things are closest. What I do is try and find which of these profiles looks best for correcting my image. In this case, the one that looked best for correcting my lens problem was the 17-55mm profile. That’s not the lens I used (I used a 14mm prime), but the correction worked really well, so I’m set. Ideally, there would be a Canon 14mm profile for the lens I used, but until there is, this is the next best thing.

Hope you find that helpful. 🙂

Best,

-Scott

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41 comments

  1. Bill 28 September, 2020 at 20:17 Reply

    My lens, a Canon 10-18 EF-S, is listed on Adobe’s master lens list web page, but it’s not listed in LR CC. How do I download/add/etc the 10-18 profile to Lightroom? Thanks…

  2. Roofus Doufer 18 July, 2019 at 04:33 Reply

    Another problem. I have non cloud LR5. Sigma have released a lens since then. Adobe do support it and it has profiles but HOW do I get the updated profile installed in my LR. There is nothing on Adobe#s website or anywhere else that explains how to do this.

  3. Kam 28 September, 2018 at 23:54 Reply

    I found that simply clearing the editing history from the History panel enables the software to find the built-in profile. I often use a LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 with that type of built-in profile and it usually finds it with no problem. After doing a lot of tinkering, I tested that solution and it worked!

    • Trace 17 June, 2017 at 08:48 Reply

      the strangest thing for me is that it has done this on about a dozen pictures out of three hundred or so taken with the same lens and camera… it happily profiled the first 3hndred and thirty just won’t profile the last few weird…

      • john 23 September, 2017 at 14:24 Reply

        the same thing happened to me, i usually shoot in raw i was shooting jpeg for hdr i forgot to switch back,lightroom does not do lens profile for jpegs

  4. Peter 23 February, 2017 at 08:25 Reply

    Something strange is happening to me. I wooly lens corrections to al my photos during import. Then when I open them in photoshop the lens correction is removed. Any idea as to why?

  5. Tom Connor 22 February, 2017 at 10:48 Reply

    I love the lens profile tool. However, I am still using LR 5.7. I recently upgraded to the newest Nikon 2.8 70-200mm FL. LR chooses the 2.8 70-200mm IF- ED. I’ve gone back and forth so many times…now I’m just confused. What WOULD be the best option of those available? Is there a way to download new profiles from somewhere/ anywhere?
    Thanks

  6. ehpem 7 January, 2017 at 13:46 Reply

    My frustration is for applying lens profile corrections to scanned film images. Sometimes the lens I am using will display on the list provided, and sometimes it does not display, even though it exists because it comes up with digital files, and sometimes comes up with scanned files too. There is no way I can find to access the full list to select from, just the offered and rather short list.

  7. Craig Levine 8 October, 2016 at 10:00 Reply

    What’s frustrating is that Adobe Camera Raw has the profile for my Sigma 150-600mm-C lens, but Lightroom does not. Really, Adobe?

    • Don Connors 8 December, 2016 at 10:01 Reply

      LR CC 2015 has the proper lens profile (Sony 18-55 on Nex-7), but sometimes when I choose Sony, I get a long list of profiles which includes the 18-55, and sometimes, with the same lens and body, when I choose Sony, I get only one usable profile…

    • Allan 26 November, 2017 at 20:25 Reply

      I just had this issue flag up with my Sigma 150-600 Sport, figured out that on the Canon CR2 files from my 7D MKII Lightroom sets the profile correctly, however if I edit an image and like is the case with this one image I saved it from Photoshop as a Tif file, it no longer correctly applies the lens correction profile. So make sure you do the correct lens profile before editing in PS or using the NIK software.
      Hope this helps

    • Brian 23 January, 2019 at 14:09 Reply

      I have noticed that PS has many profiles available for Nikon lenses, but lightroom CC has only a couple. Lightroom CC doesn’t even have the 18-140mm kit lens profile. frustrating that I am forced into PS for something that should be accessible in Lightroom.

  8. Amy 26 September, 2016 at 02:03 Reply

    Thanks for the article. When I apply lens correction in Lightroom and then go to “Photo” “Edit in Photoshop” the lens corrections never come up in Photoshop, while the rest of the changes do. Do you know how to fix this? Thanks so much.

  9. Alex Makowski 3 April, 2016 at 09:43 Reply

    Scott: This is a very helpful tip, but I don’t think your post is correct. Under “Make”, you select the make of the Lens, NOT the Camera. So for example, I use a Tamron 70-200 with my Pentax K-3. If I select Pentax as the Make, the only lens profiles are for Pentax lenses, and Adobe offers the 150-450. But if I select Tamron as the make, the Model is recognized as the Tamron 70-200, and the Profile adds that the Camera is a Pentax.

  10. Leonard Oglesby 15 March, 2016 at 14:01 Reply

    As a Nikon shooter who has moved into the Fujifilm X-world in the last year, I can report that Adobe ACR and LR do not have lens/camera profiles for the X-series cameras and lenses. All perspective, CA, and vignette correction is done in-camera via the proprietary “Lens Modulation Optimizer”. In LR you will get the message; “Built-in Lens Profile applied”.

  11. Raphael Bonelli 11 March, 2016 at 07:26 Reply

    Somewhere I read that this happens because some manufacturers use the same serial number format (that would explain why the software recognize the lens model after you choose the camera manufacturer) – but that don’t explain why Lightroom can figure the lens model everywhere else in the software. :/

    Anyway, if you use the same lens frequently, you can – after selecting the right model – click on that Setup menu and choose “Save New Lens Profile Default”… so you don’t need to repeat the process for that same lens again.

  12. Chip Chockley 26 February, 2016 at 15:17 Reply

    Here’s a question– I shoot a lot with my Nikon 16-35 f/4, and Lightroom has a profile to correct it, but ONLY for RAW files. When I shoot jpgs, there is no lens profile present for that lens. (Oddly, there are profiles for 14-24 f/2.8 and 24-70 and several others.) Why is that, and why can’t I have a lens profile for jpgs shot with this lens? It would sure help to have it, since I shoot jpgs for my real estate work (I like processing jpgs through Photomatix better than RAWs.)

  13. Jon Reid 24 February, 2016 at 20:45 Reply

    Hey Scott, I’d like to point out another situation where this is useful. I’ve been shooting with a Sony body and Canon lenses, which confused Lightroom 100% of the time. To quickly fix this, I used the technique you outlined in this post and then saved a preset for each lens. Now it is an easy fix.

  14. jim comer 22 February, 2016 at 13:13 Reply

    Remember to point out that Olympus and Panasonic embed the profile vie the lens firmware. Not a real option to alter in Lr. Supposed to be already done for you.

  15. Fred Beiderbecke 22 February, 2016 at 09:07 Reply

    If I am doing an import that was shot with multiple lenses, can I create a preset that does the enable profile correction and will it correct based on the lens or do I have to go picture by picture?

    Do you have any comments on using DxO Optics for profile correction vs the Adobe corrections?

  16. Adrian Crawley 22 February, 2016 at 03:53 Reply

    Thanks for that.
    I noticed in the past that LR didn’t have a lens profile for my camera \ lens combo if I shot in JPEG, whereas it did if I shot in RAW.
    It turns out that there are different profiles maintained for each file format.

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