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Import Lightroom classic import initially shows all the photos on the card but then deselects some of them before importing

Larry Fasncht

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This is recent behavior, Lightroom classic import initially shows all the photos on the card but then deselects some of them before importing (I can see the numbers scrolling backwards in the lower left corner of the import page). I thought it was because I had “don’t import suspected duplicates” as this is similar to when I import from a memory card that I had not formatted from the last shoot. So I was very careful to have only new photos. I also tried importing with that box unchecked, which didn’t help. Then I thought it might be my card so I tried another, same story. So I tried copying the files to a folder on the HD and imported from there, the behavior was normal. This is driving me crazy.

Any suggestion? I’m using this on a Mac.
 
This is recent behavior, Lightroom classic import initially shows all the photos on the card but then deselects some of them before importing (I can see the numbers scrolling backwards in the lower left corner of the import page). I thought it was because I had “don’t import suspected duplicates” as this is similar to when I import from a memory card that I had not formatted from the last shoot. So I was very careful to have only new photos. I also tried importing with that box unchecked, which didn’t help. Then I thought it might be my card so I tried another, same story. So I tried copying the files to a folder on the HD and imported from there, the behavior was normal. This is driving me crazy.

Any suggestion? I’m using this on a Mac.

You most like have already imported these image files before. If you have the “Do not import suspected duplicates”. Checked Lightroom will automatically de select these.


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You most like have already imported these image files before. If you have the “Do not import suspected duplicates”. Checked Lightroom will automatically de select these.


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Which is the first thing I thought of. But this is not the case. Also I can’t find a definition of how Lightroom determines what a duplicate is.
 
Also I can’t find a definition of how Lightroom determines what a duplicate is.
LrC uses several criteria. First File Name, then File size. Then it can use other measurements about the data itself.

If you have unchecked “Do not import suspected duplicates” and still can not select the grayed out files, there may be a problem with the file itself.
 
LrC uses several criteria. First File Name, then File size. Then it can use other measurements about the data itself.

If you have unchecked “Do not import suspected duplicates” and still can not select the grayed out files, there may be a problem with the file itself.
The files aren’t grayed out. They are removed, just like if they were duplicates.
 
You say it works OK if you copy to a disk first. When it fails, are you using a card reader or reading direct from the camera?
 
You say it works OK if you copy to a disk first. When it fails, are you using a card reader or reading direct from the camera?
Card reader, and I’ve tried three different ones. Also different cards. I never read direct from the camera, unless you count teathering.
 
Is the card reader attached by a cable, and can you try a different one?
 
Is the card reader attached by a cable, and can you try a different one?
I'm trying to duplicate the issue and can't. I think it's possible that the 13.5.1 update may have fixed it. I'm going to keep a close watch on it though as I have lost images because I thought they had all been imported when they hadn't. But for now, I'm putting the issue on "watch and see".

Thanks guys for the suggestions.
 
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