How to Open RAF Files with Lightroom’s Desktop edition (Fuji X-Pro2)

I’ve been a Nikon shooter for as long as I can remember, but recently picked up a Fuji X-Pro2 to use as a “walking around” camera, as well as for trips where I don’t want to carry as much weight.

Since I tend to travel to places where wifi is limited and don’t want to rely on their CC product, I’ve always used the desktop edition of Lightroom.  When I first tried to import my .RAF files into Lightroom, I kept getting “preview not available” every time and it appears that many people are having the same issue.

Here’s what finally resolved the issue:

  • First, update your Lightroom install to 6.0.  Adobe tries to hide the links to the desktop program, but you can get to it here on this software page about halfway down.  If you are upgrading your older version, you still want to click on where it says “buy” and then just change the option to Upgrade instead of Full
  • Now you can finally import those RAF files!

If you are having problems with other file types, you can check this page to see what the minimum needed versions are for your camera.