Earlier today in my article on film photography I mentioned that I had been baffled by strange behaviour when importing RWL files from the new Leica D-Lux 7. As the import progressed, the images briefly flashed in colour and then settled into monochrome. I could find no reason for this and, because I had switched off JPGs, I had to use monochrome images in the article.
Now our German correspondent, Claus Sassenberg, has weighed in with his own experiences. When his D-Lux 7 arrived, he immediately noticed the monochrome phenomenon. Sensibly, he phone Leica only to hear that this is indeed a bug — something which Leica has only just discovered. It seems that the current Adobe colour list does not support these particular RWL files. We are not sure about of the Panasonic LX100 Mk.II in this respect.
It could be that this is Lightroom specific and that you could be ok in other processing software, including Apple Photos. I haven’t checked but any relevant information would be useful to readers.
It looks like we will have to wait for an Adobe Camera-RAW update. In the meantime, I recommend that D-Lux 7 owners should copy their RWL files to a folder for later processing once the problem has been sorted. And, of course, turn on JPG processing or you’ll have no colour material to work with.