Lightroom CC: 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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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 .
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How could we start a petition to Apple and Adobe about this rather large issue with LR CC?

The problem is that we can only import photos from an SD card to the camera roll and not directly into LR CC. By doing this plus backing up the camera roll to the iCloud, we create unnecessary internet traffic and requires rather large cloud subscriptions on both sides. iCloud is rather stupid. It's an all or nothing solution. Another fix for this would be to beg Apple to make syncing to the iCloud based on albums rather than the entire camera roll.
Anyone have any relatives at Apple or Adobe so we could bring both to a table to make this happen!
This limitation is a show stopper and I almost regret having spent $1k on Apple gear yesterday!! A MS SurfaceBook would probably have been the better solution...
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I'm not sure whether you can temporarily pause iCloud sync? Because if you can, the photos only need to be in the camera roll temporarily, just until they've imported into LR, and then you can delete them.
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That's a possibility. I did cancel the iCloud upload last night and it seems that the already uploaded images are still in the cloud and if I were to re-enable it, after deleting the shoot from the camera roll, it would continue to sync. But, that's yet another thing we'd have to remember and very very very cumbersome solution to, what in my world, seems a bug nit a feature.

That said, in my research I found that SanDisc (and other manufacturers) provide a hardware with flash memory built in with a USB connector on one end and Lightning connector on the other end. Their software seems to provide a mechanism to import from the Lightning connector, make backups onto the connected device etc.
Sooo,  it seems possible for an app to access the Lightning port and thereby read the content on a flash storage device.
In my view, the ball is with Adobe to start supporting this path to import photos. Unless... Apple denies access as soon as a storage device is attached with a DCIM folder on it.
Which is entirely possible as it fit's the Apple paradigm of "you have complete freedom, as long as comply with our restrictions"...