Lightroom: Problem importing from multiple cameras

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I have a nice workable import routine set up for the files that are imported from my Canon 7D with the following points:
The Canon utility brings the images from the 7D to my HD
Folder name created by Canon's import utility is YYYY_MM_DD
As the files are already where needed I use an "ADD" style of import into LR, (so the files don't move)

I have just bought a Fuji X100, but its import utility (from camera to HD) creates dated folders of YYYY-MM-DD, and this means that when I go to import X100 images on a day that I have already imported Canon 7D images, (or vice versa) I get TWO sets of identically dated folders because they have the different style of date ( _ versus - )

All other issues appear OK (file names, presets applied on import etc)

I cannot find a way to streamline this either in the import utilities, or at the Lr Import stage, and this is a really annoying problem that seems so easy to put right, if only I could!!

Does anyone know how to solve this type of issue please?

Thanks in advance
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Edward

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Rob Cole

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Will the Canon utility not work on your Fuji? I mean from the card via reader, or the camera emulating a card.

I recall that Lightroom doesn't support underscores, and I bet that's the main reason you use a 2-step import procedure, right?

I wonder if you could configure Lightroom to use underscores for importing via the TranslatedStrings.txt file (see jf's Lr config plugin).

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Hi Rob
Can't get the Canon EOS utility to "see" the Fuji.
It might all work on a card reader, will have to get one to try out.

Lightroom seems happy to work with either - or _ date formats, but its just the duplication (and that brings in terms of error) that it would be good to avoid.

The coding stuff seems a bit out of my reach, but I'll drop him a line & see if he has any ideas.
Best
Ed
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Hi Edward,

Yeah, I don't believe there is any standard for camera emulation, just for card emulation. Or you can use a physical reader...

I don't think Lightroom supports dates with underscores upon import, when doing the copying - I think there's a feature request for underscore support.

Good luck,
Rob
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As luck would have it I found a multi-format card reader built into my PC! And if I put the cards straight into it, I can import into Lr with identical settings fine, so thats good news.

Although it would be really good if Adobe could talk more to the camera manufacturers to really streamline the whole "direct from camera" import function. We all have to do downloads from cameras, why not make it a nice simple "plug in & go" type of process. It just doesn't seem that hard,
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Many cameras do have two modes:

1. To talk with proprietary camera software.
2. Emulate a disk drive for use with software like Lightroom.

Did you check to see if your Canon and Fuji both have the second mode, if so, that may be the ticket for you.

FWIW, I think most people use a reader...