Lightroom Classic: Filter Sony Serial Number / Model

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I want to be able to filter my Three A7III bodies in Lightroom.  When I had Nikon or my 2nd shooters had Canon, it was easy to just choose set of images they shot by selecting their camera in the "Attribute > Camera > "Camera Model".  This allowed me to edit images per camera body.

With Sony, all I see for all my files is "ILCE-7M3" as the camera.  I've named each body differently, uses different file structure, heck the serial numbers are different, but when choosing that option it shows all files under "Unknown Camera Serial Number".

Can Adobe create a fix for this or does anyone have a fix for this?
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Hershey Patel

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Johan Elzenga, Champion

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I believe the problem is Sony, not Lightroom. On the left is what a Canon camera saves in its metadata, and on the right a Sony A7R camera:

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Sigurdur Ragnar

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just set each camera up to save files with a custom name. sony nr1-0001 sony nr2-0001 and so on. 
super easy set up in camera.

sony setup menu page 5 the toolbox, think it is on the 5/7 "set file name" and file number.

this way you can just organize your files in lightroom by name.

if this is not good then you can create a custom metadata and you will just have to remember each time you import to select the right template.

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To build on Johan's reply, Sony doesn't store the serial number in the industry-standard EXIF field like other manufacturers do.  A quick Google shows lots of people complaining about this. 

However, Sony does store the serial number in the proprietary MakerNotes section. You can use the Any Filter plugin or the Data Explorer plugin to filter photos by that field, e.g.