Import from external SD card to Lightroom CC (iOS/Android variants).

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One of the promises of Lightroom CC is to be able to view and edit your original photos anywhere and on any device. So it only makes sense to be able to import from your DSLR anywhere and on any device. The necessary framework is already built into Android's native file picker via at least, and I'm assuming iOS has the capability as well so it wouldn't be all that much work.

Think how great this will be in the future when DSLRs will have (hopefully) added their own USB-C ports. You won't even need an SD card dongle, just one cable to use with any device to import your photos anywhere.
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> I'm assuming iOS has the capability as well 

iOS is very limited in what it allows apps to do. I don't think that's changed, even in iOS11.

Where it's possible however, it gets my vote.
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Jahred Wilson

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Yeah, I figured that might be the case as I was typing it... But hey if anyone can get special access from Apple on iOS it's Adobe, so fingers crossed!
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I don’t find IOS too limiting, and i quite like how I have to import the files to the Photos app first, but yes, it would be good to only need a cable and not dongles. One BIG issue i see with this is that cameras that have two card slots can complicate things.
I have a 5D4, and use the USB3 SD card reader and find it works fine. I also have the camera connector and in theory that too should work fine, only it doesn’t. You see when i plug the camera in to that i get the import screen come up, but nothing ever imports if i have two cards in the camera. There is no way to designate what card to import from. And it all locks up. Taking one out and things work fine, but then i might as well just use my old workflow.
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Huh, that's weird. Does the same thing happen when you plug into Windows or a Mac? (I've only got an 80D for now so I can't test.) Maybe camera manufacturers can fix this by limiting 1 card slot to external readers. Of course that only works if you're using the second card as a back-up and not as extended storage but that's probably most users.
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I also have a 80D and that does work perfectly., as does taking any one of the cards out of the 5D4. It’s almost as if IOS doesn’t know what it wants to read so tries to read both at once.
Ive never plugged my camera in to a computer .