You're kidding, right? Nikon or Canon make a plug-in or module to work with Lightroom? The phrase "cold day in hell" comes to mind.
Why so? Aren't Canon and Nikon in the business of selling cameras and not making money on their software?
Well indirectly they make money on the software on those few people who only use their raw converters, but my feeling (no facts, just my general impression from every forum and photographer I've spoken too) is that most photographers use some third party RAW converter instead of what is supplied with Canon and Nikon.
Wouldn't it be cheaper for them to make a bundle deal with Adobe (as Mamiya has done) and cut their costs in development of their own RAW converter?
This way they could focus on supporting Adobe with any SDKs/utility libraries and get the things more stable and better...
Look, camera communications is a VERY DIFFICULT thing to engineer. Phase One has a long history of camera com because, well, all their cameras used to be tethered and HAVE to be controlled by the software and even Phase only added tethered support for a small subset of pro DSLRs...
I don't see why this should be difficult to do by the camera maker, when they control the firmware in the camera that communicates with their own software on the computer.
If they have problems with this then it's because of bad programmers/engineers, not because it's a difficult task.
That it is difficult to do for a third party, when Nikon or Canon don't supply them with the information, is another thing. Then you might have to reverse engineer and try to guess what the quirks and possible bugs that need a workaround are present in each and every cameras firmware.
Setting up a Watched Folder and the sort order to be most recent at the top and control the camera with the camera software to set F stop and shutter speed and ISO works perfectly well. As soon as the image is saved to disk it's auto-imported into Lightroom. Click on the image and hit the D key and you're in Develop.
Yes, I know and I use this when I shoot tethered.
The one thing I'll note however, the whole tethered approach works a lot better/faster under Windows than Mac. Some of this may be because of Apple's USB 2.0 pipeline but it's also the fault of the camera makers.
Probably the fault of the camera makers as they probably allocate more resources for windows development than Mac.
Imagine the problems Lightroom would have asking Canon for help tethering to their cameras when Canon can't get their own stuff to work well on Mac.
My suggestion, clarified above, was that Canon would make the plugin for LR, meaning it would be 'their own stuff'.
However if Canon's Mac programmers are not good, then it would still work bad.
On the other hand if Canons engineers could focus on this part instead of developing their own RAW converter then things might work better
I also wouldn't hold your breath for Phase One to pony up and make a tethered plug-in for Lightroom...
Of course not, unless it would be an interesting business for them (which I doubt).
Asking for tethered support is fine...but you really must understand what you are asking for.
I believe my original question was about plugin support in LR, so that other companies can add features to LR.
One of the suggestions for plugins I gave was tethered and another (which I find more important) would be to have lens correction.
DXO optics already considers they have a simple form of "plugin" for LR, having a propper plugin interface would most probably be very interesting for them and all of LR's users.
To repeat one of my questions.
"Any news if there will be a more advanced plugin support with LR 2.0?"