Old lightroom and new camera

New Here ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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I have an old iMac with OS X 10.9.5 system. And Lightroom 5.

I bought Nikon Z6 with new version of raw, so I need to convert this raw to dng. Can you help me how. The problem is that new version of DNG converter is not available for my iMac.

 

Many thanks.

 

Tom

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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I'm a Windows user, so I'm unfamiliar with the Mac OS. If you are unable to upgrade your OS then it seems that your choices are limited. You can shoot JPEG images with your new Nikon and process them in Lightroom 5. You can use the Nikon software to process the NEF files and create TIF files that can then be opened in Lightroom 5. Or, you can purchase a new iMac. There are no updates for Lightroom 5 that will enable you to work with the NEF files from that camera model.

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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May I ask you, which Nikon Software?

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May 17, 2021 May 17, 2021

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I think it should have been included with the camera, but if not it's called NX Studio. It is free software, and can be downloaded from the following link:

https://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Imaging-Software/nx-studio.page 

Only problem is, it seems that this new version doesn't allow you to save the image as a TIF. I just downloaded it myself and haven't had an opportunity to experiment with it. But at least you can edit your NEF files.

Update: it's necessary to use the Export command to create the TIF file. It works.

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May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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You need at least Mac OS X 10.14 for Studio NX. I don't think there is any program from Adobe or Nikon that can read Z6 files that runs on Mac OS X 10.9. I think if you are not able to upgrade the operating system or computer, you are stuck. You might be able to get something like gimp image editing (open source) running and that should be able to open Z6 files. Lastly, 10.9 is no longer supported with security updates by Apple so if you are connected to the internet with that Mac you are not safe from being hacked as I think there are known exploits of old versions of Mac OS X that are only patched in newer versions. So be careful.

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Adobe Community Professional ,
May 18, 2021 May 18, 2021

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Oh and another problem is that even if you are able to update Mac OS X, you might not get the very old Lightroom 5 to run on it so it's a real conundrum.

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May 19, 2021 May 19, 2021

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Borrow a friend's (recent OS) computer, install the Adobe DNG Converter, convert your Z6 files, copy the DNGs back to your system.

 

Regards. My System: Lr-Classic 10.3, Photoshop 22.4.2, Lightroom 4.3, Windows-10 Nikon DSLR.

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