Lightroom Classic CC not showing all images on a card during import

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On Mac. Mojave 10.14.4. LR Classic CC 8.2.1. During import of images from an XQD card, not all images are showing.  When I noticed LR not seeing all images, I closed LR, ejected card. Restart LR, insert card and LR sees some, but not all images. Say the card has 800 images. One time LR will see 700 images. The next try it will see 150 images. The next time it might see 220 images. I just caught it today and I hope I did not lose any images in past imports.
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Julian Halliday

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I have a less sinister, but also annoying, symptom of the same kind: with a card or camera connected, LR will recognize the card or camera, but will say "no images to display." I then disconnect, restart LR, plug the thing back in, go to the import dialog, and usually find the images. Some times it takes more than one iteration. I too hope that I have not lost any images -- there have been occasions where the first image of an import set is not imported, and in that case I copy the source from the card or camera to a folder on my computer, then import to LR from there. The mysteries of the import dialog multiply, and are unpleasing.

Note that this happens both with a Win10PC (my work computer) and a MacBook Pro with the latest MacOS (at home). It happened when I was using a card reader with a CF card from my Canon EOS 1Dx, and still happens now I'm using a direct USB 3.0 connection to my Leica SL. So the glitch appears agnostic both as to the type of file involved and the type of connection used.
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I note that others have pointed out that using LR's import dialog is forcing LR to "do things it is not good at." Not much of a feature then. The recommended (and tedious) work-flow is to copy direct from camera or card to a folder on computer, then import to LR from there. It is true that this results in a faster import sequence once the import dialog is invoked, but it strikes me as a rotten failing of LR to have since its primary raison d'être is to help organize photographs. Sigh.

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