Olympus E-M1X ORF Files not Showing GPS Coordinates in Metadata

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The Olympus E-M1X can record GPS coordinates in the ORF RAW files.  In Lightroom Classic CC, the GPS does not show in the metadata, BUT if you edit the same photo in Photoshop via Lightroom and save it back, the photo magically now has GPS coordinates. In other words, for the very same photo only the TIF has GPS coordinates and the ORF does not.  Can Adobe please fix this, as the GPS data is in the ORF file?
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John R. Ellis, Champion

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Please upload a sample ORF to Dropbox or similar and post the sharing link here. We can see what’s going wrong.
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Here is the ORF, sidecar and TIFF: https://1drv.ms/f/s!Av0QiQ7_R515hZNhxhK-QneMGGOOcw
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When I import that ORF into my LR 8.2 catalog, the GPS coordinates get imported:



I suspect that you have set a metadata preset that gets applied on import.  In the Import window's Apply During Import panel, set Metadata to None and try a test import:



If that solves the problem, then the metadata preset that was getting applied had the Camera Information > GPS field blank but checked, which clears the GPS field on import.  Just uncheck that box.  (It's an obscure but fairly common mistake.)
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Confirmed, it works at home (macOS 10.14.1, LR Classic 8.2)

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Thank you for your help, and yes it was a Metadata issue on import.  It now works as it should, not Adobe's fault.  Now, since the data is still in the file, how do I get the GPS data to show in Lightroom on the thousands of photos I have already imported?
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That’s a little tricky. If you haven’t made any edits to a photo or changed any metadata fields, then you can just select the photo and do Metadata > Read Metadata From File. But that will erase any edits and metadata changes. In that case, you could first do Metadata > Save Metadata To File to write edits and metadata to .xmp sidecars. . Then use the free ExifTool utility to copy the GPS fields from the raw master to the corresponding .xmp sidecar. Then do Metadata > Read Metadata From File to read everything back into the catalog.

If the masters are JPEGs, there’s a more complicated solution using ExifTool.

The ExifTool application documentation has examples of copying fields to sidecars. The utility is very powerful but has a steep learning curve. Be sure to back up your catalog file before you start! ExifTool will automatically make backup copies of any photos it changes.
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Thank you for your help, and I was able to recover the GPS coordinates.  I have never explored the metadata very much, so I learned something in the process, thank you again