Leica cameras will no longer come with a free copy of Adobe Lightroom

Leica cameras now come with the new Adobe Lightroom 6
Some bad news for potential future Leica camera buyers: starting April 1, 2016 all Leica cameras will come only with a 90 days Adobe CC trial instead of the standalone Lightroom license (no, this is not an April's fool joke). Here is the full text of the press release:

April 1, 2016 – We would like to inform customers that Adobe Systems Incorporated has changed their perpetual license software model for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom to a subscription-based model through the Creative Cloud Photography Plan.

As such, all Leica cameras manufactured from April 1, 2016, will receive the 90-day license version of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan which includes the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Photoshop CC, Photoshop Fix App, Lightroom Mobile App and other Adobe Apps and Services. The Creative Cloud Photography Plan can be activated after product registration in the Leica Owners’ Area, https:// owners.leica-camera.com/en/login

This new plan offers users many more advantages including the ability to seamlessly integrate workflows between desktop computers and mobile devices which is increasingly important to photographers. It also offers users 2 GB of cloud storage space.

After the 90-day license expires, customers can visit the Adobe website and convert their license to a paid subscription of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan. If a customer chooses not to extend the subscription, the Creative Cloud files are stored on the user’s desktop and the Adobe Creative Cloud servers.

Cameras manufactured prior to April 1, 2016 will still receive the Adobe Photoshop Lightroom perpetual license as part of its delivery scope. Existing customers will be able to download the software till the end of 2016.

Customers can get more information on the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Plan at
 https://helpx.adobe.com/creative-cloud/faq.html and for support requests in English at 

Via Reddotforum

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  • Sounds like it’s Adobe’s fault, and they are planning on ending the perpetual license altogether. Time to look at alternatives.

    • Yes, Adobe wants everything to be a cloud subscription.

  • Bo Dez

    adobe sucks

  • Les

    Leica needs to open-source their raw files ASAP!

    It’s bad enough being hostage to Adobe for existing cameras (you have to maintain one computer dedicated to LR, off the internet, avoiding any updates that will break compatibility and lock all your raw files). From now on you need to pay Adobe for the privilege of working on your own images, in perpetuity!

    I’ve never liked Lightroom, but it was the price to pay for using a Leica. Unless Leica announces something soon, I can only assume that any new Leica model will only let me access my own files at Adobe’s whim, and Adobe has already established that they have no qualms about screwing-over their existing customers at any time. They have the worst security, the worst QC, and a management team that treats customers as servants.

    Leica: this is a showstopper. I love your cameras, but my files belong to me, not to Adobe. I can’t justify buying any more of your products until this uncertainty is resolved.

    • sperdynamite

      DNG is an open format and anyone can make software that reads DNGs. Capture One is a thing that exists and it reads DNGs from most cameras, and Capture Fix lets it read the files from the cameras it doesn’t (645z). Or, you know, the sky is falling, etc…

      • Les

        DNG is “open” but each camera has different processing, color profiles, lens corrections, etc. You can probably read a Leica DNG with many applications, but you won’t get the most out of the file.
        Capture Fix is a kludge. It might be OK for occasional use, but it’s not a professional, supported solution.

        • Simon

          C1 Pro is well regarded in terms of image quality. In my own testing it beat Aperture/Preview in all the images I tested for DNG conversion.

          I haven’t compared it to Lightroom but I know others have and I’ve never heard of Lightroom being substantially or consistently better.

          Just because LR was offered with the camera doesn’t mean they have exclusive extra information not available to other software vendors does it?

        • sperdynamite

          So your problem is with Capture One, not the DNG format. In fact, DNG is the closest thing to an Open Source format we have, and therefore Leica has already done what you’re asking them to do in your first sentence.

          • Les

            My problem is with Leica and Adobe. They signed an exclusive agreement, and now the terms have changed, not in the end-user’s favor.

            DNG is open like TIFF is open. As a basic container, anybody can read it. The problem is that there’s lots of extra stuff that isn’t open, and may be extraneous to the DNG file, like color profiles, lens data, etc. That’s why, for instance, LR can get an extra stop out of SL raws if you use the SL profile.

            Note: if my TIFF reference didn’t make sense to you, you should do some research before responding.

          • sperdynamite

            Ah, the Leica fan boy with the tin-foil hat is telling me to “do some research.” What fun!

          • Les

            In other words, you didn’t understand a thing, so you start heaving insults.
            Here’s the abridged version: if DNG was really universal, all raw converters would give the same results, save for perhaps mild contrast/saturation differences. Think about that.

          • sperdynamite

            I can’t believe you can’t reason your way out of this but I suppose that should have been evident to me from your initial diatribe.

            If you printed a Portra negative on Kodak or Fuji paper, did it give the same results? The negative is the same!

            C1 and Adobe have access to the same information. The DNG doesn’t change between them, so again, your problem is with C1. Leica can change the parameters within the DNG they make, but both C1 and Adobe have full access to that file, and can do what they want with it. You may like Adobe’s end result, but that’s not the failing of the DNG, or some conspiracy against you. BECAUSE the DNG is universal, all raw processors or camera makers can CHOOSE to work with the file if they want without paying Adobe a fee. That doesn’t mean that they will all give equal results.

  • Karim Ghantous

    I have never needed or wanted Adobe software. And I never will. Thank goodness for competition.

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