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MacBook and Lightroom classic tethering issues

New Here ,
Mar 10, 2023 Mar 10, 2023

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Since Lightroom classic has updated so I no longer need to change to Rosetta to tether, I'm having so many issues. It will not detect my camera without having to switch off the MacBook and make 20 attempts to get it to connect. And then when it does connect it will suddenly disconnect and I'm unable to get it to reconnect. My colleague is having the same issues. We've tried new tether cables and nothing works. 

canon 5d mkiv, MacBook Pro m1

 

Anyone else having these issues and found a workaround? 

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Adobe Employee ,
Mar 10, 2023 Mar 10, 2023

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Welcome to the Lightroom Community @kirstineWalton. I'll need more info to help you figure this out. 

What version of Lightroom Classic & macOS are you working on?

 

Try these variables to begin troubleshooting:

  • Confirm if the SD card is plugged into the camera.
  • Reboot the Camera while keeping Lightroom Classic in 'scan mode' for the camera.
  • If you're using an input hub for the mac, try plugging in the cable directly into the available ports on the MacBook.
  • Insert an empty SD Card into the cameras before connecting the camera with Lightroom Classic.

 

Check this article for more steps to troubleshoot tethering: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/troubleshoot-tethered-capture-lightroom.html

Let me know how it goes from here.

Thanks!

Sameer K

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New Here ,
Mar 10, 2023 Mar 10, 2023

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I’ll need to confirm which OS and Lightroom classic versions but they
should be the latest ones as it auto updates.

I do have an SD card and CF card in the camera, I don’t use a hub, I tether
direct with a cable. I have tried switching the camera on and off multiple
times.

This issue started about 3-4 weeks ago so guessing it is due to an update.

Thanks

Kirstine

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New Here ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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Just to confirm I am on OS Ventura 13.2.1 and LRC 12.2.1. I'm still constantly having issues. If anything it has gotten worse. It struggles to detect my camera. I have tried two cameras, two different tethering cables, different ports on the mac. I have tried switching the camera off, and sometimes it makes LRC crash and close. 

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LEGEND ,
Mar 27, 2023 Mar 27, 2023

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Mar 28, 2023 Mar 28, 2023

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I'll need to roll it back further than that. I was having issues with 12.1 too. 

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New Here ,
Apr 15, 2023 Apr 15, 2023

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I ma having the same issue with various sd or cf cards. Format all, shut down the computer, lightroom etc... It keep crashing and is impossible to use. Not good on set with clients.

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New Here ,
Apr 16, 2023 Apr 16, 2023

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Mine has nothing to do with the memory cards. The only thing I could do to get this to work again was to roll back to a previous version of LRC until they fix the issues. I went back a couple of versions and it works great again. 

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Explorer ,
Jan 29, 2024 Jan 29, 2024

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I have the same problem and I am on the latest Sonoma with everything updated, I am using a Canon R5 with latest FW. It is insane that Adobe has not resolved this yet as they are supposedly targeting a professional market! I guess I have to be shooting using EOS software for tethering? How can we raise awareness of this problem to Adobe and the other customers?

 

I even had a support agent controlling my Mac trying to figure it out for an hour, but he gave up and just quit.

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Adobe Employee ,
Jan 29, 2024 Jan 29, 2024

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I have no issues connecting an R5 to a Macbook M1 machine running Sonoma (14.2.1).  The connection happens in under a second.  I've also tested a 5DMKIV, and it behaves similarly.

You may want to follow the troubleshooting steps in this document: https://helpx.adobe.com/lightroom-classic/kb/troubleshoot-tethered-capture-lightroom.html 

Update: 4/9 - I tested 5DMKIV, R5, and Sonoma 14.4.1 on two separate MacBook Pro M1—there were no connection issues. 

Rikk Flohr - Customer Advocacy: Adobe Photography Products

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Explorer ,
Jan 29, 2024 Jan 29, 2024

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Weird thing that the Adobe support agents can't help then. They've tried
everything, the camera shows in the system profiler, tethering works with
EOS software and just doesn't with Adobe.

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New Here ,
Apr 09, 2024 Apr 09, 2024

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Absolutely NONE of Adobe's recommendations on how to fix tethering will work. The issue seems to be with the newest versions of Lightroom Classic, and have NOTHING to do with the camera, the tether cable, the OS on your computer, or anything else – it's Lightroom Classic at fault. This is what I've tried, and what actually works:

 

  1. I updated the firmware on my Canon 5D IV to 14.x. DIDN'T WORK
  2. I updated to the latest version of Lightroom Classic (13.x). DIDN'T WORK
  3. I bought a new tether cable from Tether Tools. DIDN'T WORK
  4. I turned on/off the camera. DIDN'T WORK
  5. I ran Lightroom Classic in emulation mode with Rosetta. DIDN'T WORK
  6. I downgraded Lightroom Classic from 13.x to 12.1 – THIS IS THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED!

 

Luckily, I'm using my Macbook Air M2 laptop for tethered shooting only – I'm not trying to edit images on the laptop – I do this on my desktop. So, I can have LRC 12.1 on my laptop, and 13.x on my desktop which allows me to take advantage of the newest features in Lightroom.

 

Having said all of this, the solution I discovered is NOT EVEN CLOSE TO IDEAL! Adobe, you need to fix this issue. It's your issue, and not ours. Install the newest version of Lightroom Classic, connect a Canon 5D IV, a Nikon D850, or any other camera that people have reported having issues with, and PLEASE, for the love of god, have a look at what we are seeing. Then downgrade to 12.1 and the problem will go away. Seriously, Adobe, you've wasted enough of our time by pointing us to "solutions" that are not solutions at all!

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Community Beginner ,
Feb 28, 2024 Feb 28, 2024

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Adobe have never got Lightroom Tethering to be reliable. Why I have no clue. I have spent 100's of dollars on Capture One just to use to Tether too. Cost me money but saved me from going mad. 

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Community Beginner ,
May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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Yes Capture One has got tethered shooting pretty well sorted: in fact I still use it for tethered shoots and then pass the files onto LR for editing. 
Was thinking of trying out Nikon tethering app. They've just released a new version. 
BTW why am I being forced to restart LR in Rosetta to use tethering???

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Community Beginner ,
May 08, 2024 May 08, 2024

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In my search for the 'prefect tethering solution' I have found one thing that has a big effect on stability of the tethering experience.
I use a 5m tether cable (one of the better ones from TetherTools) to connect my Nikons (D850 / Z7ll) to an M MacBook Air (OS Sonoma ).
We are often told to connect the cable directly to the input port on the computer BUT I have found that it vastly improves the stability and transfer speed if I use a powered hub; simply connecting the computer charger to one input and the tether cable to another and then plugging the hub into the power port of the computer.
Not only does this keep the computer charged and the camera but image transfers become much more stable and faster. 
I just tried it out on Nikon's FX Tether program which continually dropped the connection and it works there too; I know it works well on Capture One and I will do a full test on Lightroom when I next get an opportunity.

I note that people are reporting that Rosetta is no longer required to use tethering in the new LR but as soon as I plug in my Nikon Z7 it requires me to restart in Rosetta. 
Im using the latest LR ... Am I missing something ??

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