Z9 import unexpectedly slow

Explorer ,
Mar 16, 2022 Mar 16, 2022

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I've noticed a problem when importing Nikon Z9 RAW files into Lightroom. Importing directly from a CFExpress Type B card is much slower than expected. 

 

To illustrate that this is not a problem with file size, I also shoot with a D850 (identical resolution) and have used it for years with no issue. Furthermore, I use a compressed RAW with the Z9, so the files are significantly smaller than what I'm used to (approximately 33MB/each vs 66MB/each).

 

To further illustrate that it seems to be a problem with Lightroom Classic's import, I've found a (pain-in-the-butt) workaround that completely negates the slow speed. If I drag the files straight from my card into a folder created for an event, then use Import->Add, Lightroom is extremely fast. The issue only arises when importing directly via Lightroom.

 

When using my workaround, a moderately full card (say 32GB of files) can be transferred and added to my LR catalog in approximately 4-5 minutes. This includes moving the files off the card into the new folder. When I attempt to do the same using the normal method of importing directly into LR, the process takes between one and two hours.

 

macOS 11.6.1

27" iMac Retina Late-2015

LR Classic 11.2

 

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Mar 17, 2022 Mar 17, 2022

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Are you directly connecting the camera to the computer or are you using a card reader?

(Using a card reader is the recommended method.)

 

Import-Add does not tranfer any files, so it is always fast.

 

What kind of timing do you get if you 

- copy the files to a temp folder on your HD using Finder

- do an Import-Copy from the temp folder

 

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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I'm using a card reader. It's fast when transferring files manually. About 4 minutes for 32GB of photos.

 

I'm attempting the method you suggested (copy files to a temp folder on my internal SSD and import/copy from there). It's about twice as slow as moving files manually and import-add, but an order of magnitude faster than importing directly from the card. I'm baffled as to what that might suggest. 

 

 

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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Scratch that; it's taking about 12-15 minutes to import-copy from the temp folder on my hard drive.

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Mar 18, 2022 Mar 18, 2022

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And I'm still unsure why it takes 2-3 times longer to do this manually than to allow LR to import. 

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