Adobe Lightroom Update Includes Fixed Tethering for Nikon Shooters

Posted by: on Jan 28, 2016 | 5 Comments
Nikon shooters with Mac computers can now shoot tethered to Lightroom!
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If you’re a Nikon shooter who tethered to Adobe Lightroom on your Mac the past few months have been rough. Well it’s time to celebrate (and update your Adobe Lightroom)!

Adobe has released Lightroom CC 2015.44 and 6.4 with a big bug fix addressing an issue that was preventing Nikon users from shooting tethered to Lightroom if they had recently updated to Apple’s OS El Capitan.

The bug was a huge detriment to photographers who shot with a Nikon and tethered to a Mac as Lightroom is one of the more popular pieces of software on the market. The latest update is named Lightroom CC 2015.4 or Lightroom 6.4 if you’re not subscribed to Creative Cloud. You can read about the other upgrades, including the new boundary wrap on

If you’ve updated Lightroom and you’re ready to start shooting tethered with your Nikon, check out our cable finder to determine which USB cable you need for your model.

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5 thoughts on “Adobe Lightroom Update Includes Fixed Tethering for Nikon Shooters”

  1. The bug was Nikon’s. Apple’s update for El Capitan deprecated Nikon’s ability to communicate with its cameras. As Lightroom requires the support of a working SDK from Nikon to invoke tethering, and Nikon didn’t fix their problem for months, it is pretty disingenuous to call this Lightroom’s bug.

    Canon users, Windows users and Nikon users with no OS upgrade all continued to work…

  2. Yeah this is Nikon’s beef. What sucks is that all the Digital Techs will have to stick with Yosemite for the foreseeable future until either Nikon gets in gear or Phase One figures out a fix too…

  3. Hi All, I just wanted to share with you my experience with tethering Nikon to Mac OS Sierra and El Capitan. The latest version of Lightroom contains the ability to tether to the Nikon D800 and D810 and probably other Nikons that I haven’t tested.

    There is however a problem. The D800 has a buffer of 14 shots, when shooting tethered you can see the buffer fill up in the viewfinder and if you let it reach zero everything stops and locks up and there’s no way out other than to reboot and start over.

    Until I understood what was happening this was very frustrating as performance was very variable from slow to non existent and I thought it could be anything from the cable to the socket on the camera. The problem also occurred with Capture One Pro.

    Then I tried Nikon’s own Camera Control Pro software and set up a watched auto import folder in Lightroom. Everything worked perfectly and there was no delay in clearing the buffer. Even shooting fast I was only using 3 -4 frames of the buffer. A completely different experience.

    The only drawback is the investment in Nikon’s software. Why this isn’t available to the developers of Lightroom and Capture One is a mystery.

    Jonathan Oakes

  4. Hi There,
    I have a Nikon D750 and Mac OS 10.12.4. The problem is that my Lightroom doesn’t connect with my camera while turning on the tethered capture function. I have the latest Lightroom CC2015 6.9.
    Could you please tell me what is the problem? are all the elements compatible together?
    I checked my cable and it s all good (my Mac recognize my camera)

    Can you please help?

    Thank you very much

  5. Philippe,

    Try going into the Lightroom Plug-ins (File -> Plug-in Manager). Scroll through and look for the plug-in titled “Nikon Tether Plug In”. Check to make sure this is enabled.

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