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Are you connecting the camera directly to the computer? If you are try using a card reader to get images off the cameras memory card.
Also try importing without renaming the images at all.
Does the card have both RAW and JPG files on it?
It looks like you have been using an Import template Brian
If thats correct, could you post its details?
Yes, I connect the camera directly to the computer.
I have RAW files on the CF Card and jpegs on the SD card, but only import the RAW files - I don't have a CF card reader. I'll switch to saving RAW on the SD card and import using the slot in the computer if all else fails. And stop renaming!
Thanks for the suggestions
This sounds like a problem with the physical copying of the files. It has nothing to do with the fact that you rename the files. What probably happens is that sometimes an image is copied to the hard disk successfully, but the computer (or Lightroom) thinks that the process failed. Consequently, the copy process is repeated and a second copy is made. Because you cannot have two files with the same name, Windows (not Lightroom) will add '-2' to the second copy.
You say that you don't use a card reader, but connect the camera to the computer. I think that is where the problem lies. That kind of connection can be flakey. Use a card reader and the problem should be gone.
And stop renaming!
That was a suggestion to test if renaming was part or all of the problem.
But sionce you are connecting the camera directly to the computer I think that is the real problem.
Brian it looks perhaps like another case of keeping it simpler with your work flow might help here.
I hope these suggestions work for you.
Keep us in the loop if necessary!
Thanks to everyone for your help!
I shot a quick 380-shot timelapse sequence, saved it to my SD card, imported them from the laptop's card reader (without renaming!), and all were imported correctly without duplicates being made.
I'll follow this method with all future imports. . . . . .
Thanks again for such helpful, speedy replies