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What’s New in Lightroom 6.5.1 / 2015.5.1?

Lightroom 6.5.1 UpdateToday Adobe released a free update to Lightroom CC and 6: CC 2015.5.1 and 6.5.1. This update fixes a few issues introduced in the last update and adds support for two more cameras, the Pentax K-1 and the Sony RX10 III (DSC-RX10M3).

To install the update, in Lightroom go to Help>Updates. Creative Cloud subscribers will also find the update on the Apps tab in the Creative Cloud application. If the update isn’t available yet, you can download it from here (Mac  Windows) and then double click on it and install it. It’s always a good idea to back up your Lightroom catalog before updating. If you are not affected by the issues below and don’t have one of the two new cameras, you can hold off on this update if you want to see how it goes for others. (If there are any major widespread issues I will update this post – no news is good news (but still not a guarantee from me!)

After updating, if you are a Creative Cloud subscriber, to continue syncing your collections to Lightroom mobile, click on the identity plate area in the top left and sign in to your Adobe account.

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Sign in to continue syncing to Lightroom mobile and web.

Fixed the issue of EXIF Lens Name getting stripped for Nikon Cameras

For Nikon photos imported using 6.5/2015.5,  lens data was not populating correctly. Nikon users can check for this issue by selecting a folder of photos imported after you installed the last update, 6.5 (released March 16), and then filtering on Lens using the Library Filter bar at the top of the grid. If this bug affected you,  you’ll see “Unknown Lens”. (Watch my video tutorial further down in this post if you don’t know how to do this.)

Lightroom 6.5 CC 2015.5 Unknown Lens

The update released today will automatically resolve the issue for  files imported after you install today’s 6.5.1/2015.5.1 update. If going forward you would like to be able to search for photos based on what lens you shot with, then you’ll want to go back and populate the Lens field for files imported with 6.5/2015.5. Follow my written instructions below or watch the video tutorial a bit further down in this post, in which I show you how to identify and resolve the issue.

  • Select all files imported with 6.5/2015.5  (it can’t hurt to select more files than this)
  • Up in the menu bar in the Library module go to Metadata>Save Metadata to Files.
  • Next go to Metadata>Read Metadata from Files.

Note that if you have NEF files rather than DNG, as a result of the saving, you’ll see .XMP files out in the folders with your originals. Once you do the Read Metadata step you can delete these or you can just leave them there – they are very small and are harmless.

The process above doesn’t work with virtual copies. After you fix the master photos, use this method to get lens information onto your virtual copies:

Create a new virtual copy and copy your develop work from the old one to the new one:

  • Right-Click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy. This new VC will have lens information.
  • Select your old virtual copy (without the lens information), right-click, choose Develop Settings>Copy Settings, Check All, and Copy.
  • Right-click on your master photo and choose Create Virtual Copy.
  • Right-click on the new virtual copy, choose Develop Settings>Paste Settings. This virtual copy now has lens information and your develop work.
  • Delete the old virtual copy – right-click and Remove.

For those not familiar with using the Library Filter bar and and/or who would like to see me work through this process, in the  video tutorial below I show you how to check to see if this issue affected you and how to resolve it.

Video Table of Contents
00:36  What photos are affected and where to look for the Lens information
02:00  Updating to 6.5.1
02:42  Selecting affected photos
04:03  Writing out your editing work and then reading the lens information and editing
05:30  Getting lens information onto virtual copies
07:28  XMP files left in folders with affected photos

Permissions Issue on Mac

In the last update, 6.5/2015.5, if Lightroom encountered permission issues with folders it writes to (i.e. if they are set to Read Only and Lightroom needs to write to them),  you would be locked out of using Lightroom until you changed these folders to Read & Write. With this new update, you can continue to use Lightroom, but you are still advised to fix the issues. Here’s the new message you will receive:


Other Issues Fixed

2017-07-10T10:09:47+00:00April 28th, 2016|11 Comments


  1. Doug April 28, 2016 at 11:35 am - Reply

    Thanks for posting the direct link. Since both my office and home computers are unable update via CC or from within LT for whatever reason known only to Adobe, I must always update from a downloaded file.

    Adobe tech support took over thirty days to respond to my help request, telling me essentially to look up the solution on the forums. Of course I tried all this before contacting them. Another reason why I hope to abandon LR at some point. Perhaps it will be OnOne RAW. I don’t know.

    Best regards and thanks for the regular and informative updates.

    • Laura Shoe April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Doug!

  2. H. Douglas Stead April 28, 2016 at 3:04 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the direct link so I can update and fix the Nikon lens issue. I am, just like the other Doug, unable to update from within DESKTOP LR6.5 with Nikon fixes in DESKTOP LR6.5.1. Adobe continues its efforts to force loyal user away from the stand alone version to the CC version. Intentional or not, Adobe seems hell bent on monthly milking users in a payment scheme that shoves CC at every turn.
    It seems clear Adobe could not care less about desktop users. No phone support even when they screw up on bug fixes such as this.
    I just purchased your May special to update my collection of your training videos. Thanks, I learn a lot from these. I hope you will consider adding On1s product to your offerings, as I have been impressed with what is fast becoming a mature stand alone set of tools with some very interesting leading edge technology.

    • Laura Shoe April 28, 2016 at 6:00 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Doug – and thank you! If I can catch up on my Lightroom work, I’ll take a new look at On1.

  3. Chris Preu April 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Thanks, Laura, for the immediate information on the update. You explanation of implementation is great, as always. Lightroom was just a big challenge until my brother gave me your Fundamentals & Beyond. It has been extremely helpful. I keep referring to it as I increase my skills.

    • Laura Shoe April 28, 2016 at 5:59 pm - Reply

      I’m happy to hear that you have found it helpful, Chris!

  4. Barbara Hayton May 6, 2016 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I follow your blog posts with great interest and appreciate all the info you share. I use LR 6 stand alone but have not upgraded to 6.5.1 as there seemed to be bugs and problems reported. However, now I want to purchase the new Nikon D500 and have read you must have LR 6.5 to have the camera recognized. Also, I guess I need to upgrade to Camera Raw 9.5, however, I remember having problems getting Camera Raw 9 downloaded and installed. Do you have any advice or suggestions. I have also been using On1 and will definitely look into their new On1Raw coming out this fall. Thanks in advance.

    • Laura Shoe May 19, 2016 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Hi Barbara,

      I don’t follow all the bugs closely, but I’m not aware of any widespread show-stopping bugs in 6.5.1. If you don’t want to update though, you can convert your raw files to Adobe’s DNG format before import using their free DNG Converter software. These DNG files can then be imported into earlier versions.

      You only need to update Camera Raw if you use Photoshop (when you update Photoshop, Camera Raw is automatically updated.)

  5. Brooke February 18, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply

    I had to roll back to 6.5.1 and couldn’t find the old update anywhere. You just saved me with this THANK YOU SO MUCH!!

    • Laura Shoe February 28, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      You’re welcome, Brooke. Why would you need to roll back that far?

      • Brooke July 26, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

        Hi sorry for the late reply I didn’t receive a notification saying you had responded to me.

        LR6 was incredibly slow for me and would constantly freeze up, forcing me to uninstall and reinstall. A photographer in a group I’m in said that the earlier versions of LR6 run much faster than the ones with all the updates. He suggested rolling back to 6.5.1. I did that and LR6 is running SO much faster now.

        Adobe released a statement saying they are trying to address LR6 slowdown issues, but I doubt they’ll find a solution any time soon.

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