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Lightroom and Nikon Dust Off Reference pictures


New Member
Oct 9, 2021
Lightroom Version
Lightroom Classic version: 10.4
Operating System
  1. macOS 11 Big Sur
Is there any add-on that allows the Dust-Off reference images that can be generated by Nikon SLRs to be used in Lightroom.

Due to circumstances I had to use an older camera body and never got a chance to clean it properly after a long period of it sitting idle.
As a result I have a batch of pictures badly affected by dust bunnies - I normally just handle dust using the standard Lightroom tools but because this was worse than usual I tried taking a Dust Off Reference image ( an NDF file) and when I use the Nikon software (Capture NX-D and ViewNX-i) it actually does a very good job of fixing the problem. But the corrections are not written back to the RAW (NEFF) file but stored in a sidecar file which is not recognised by Lightroom.

The only way I have found to get the corrected images into Lightroom is to export the files from NiewNX-i as a TIFF, then import the TIFF into Lightroom and then convert to DNG - it works but is slow and the DNGs are much larger than the original NEFs.

Is there any better path that I could use?
Jul 2, 2015
Lightroom Experience
Power User
Lightroom Version
I do not think there is another option. BTW: There is no advantage in converting TIFFs to DNG. You will still have an RGB image, with just a different wrapper.