I am starting to try to import a lot of legacy work into Lightroom - mostly because I want to take advantage of the database capabilities - I'm tired of using spreadsheets to ogranize my images.
So what I'm finding is:
1. A lot of problems importing the Canon 1Ds raw files with the .tif extensions. I'm getting maybe a 10 to 20% success rate in importing them. Sometimes Lightroom can't even see them to report that they can't be imported.
2. A lot of problems importing TIFF files generated by Nikonscan.
3. Some problems importing psd files. I have made a number of problem files importable by opening them in Photoshop (with maximize compatibility turned on in Photoshop preferences) and then doing a save-as to replace the originial. However, this doesn't always work.
4. Haven't had problems with any raw files except the Canon 1Ds files.
5. I've been able to bring over everything from 2006 onwards which is all digital capture.
6. Photoshop doesn't have problems with any of the unimportable files. Both CS and CS3 beta can open any of the files that Lightroom can't import.
I'm running Lightroom on a dual processor Mac G5 with OSC1.4.8.
Has anyone had similar import problems and found workarounds?
It's beginning to look like Lightroom is problematic for organizing my legacy work from scanned film and the Canon 1Ds - not to mention to many Photoshop .psd files that can't brought over.
This is a pain, I've also had problems with some tiff files, not sure which ones yet though.
This was why I gave up on IView as well, there were a few tiffs which would crash it, usually just before it finished importing 400Gb of historical data.
However I have a belief that Adobe will fix these, whereas IView has been terrible at wiping out longstanding bugs.
Make sure you submit a bug report.