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eos utility dual import with 2 cards


Hi there,


I just updated the 5d mar IV with an extra card, so that it now has 2 cards installed.

I set up the cards so they work as backup (the 5d saves the same image to both cards).


My issue is when plugging the 5d into the usb and eos utility opens and I import new images: it imports each image twice (once from each card, and with unique file-names, as if it was 2 different images).


Is there some way I can change this behavior, such that eos utility will import only from one card automatically and skip the duplicates on the other card?


Basically I would like the import to behave similar to how it did when using one card only. I only use the second card as a safety backup, so I am not sure why it saves the same image to both cards as if they were 2 different images (I expected it to save the snapped image to both cards using the same file-name on both cards, and then only import the image once.)


I have looked for settings in eos utility to set this behavior but can't find any.

On the 5d I set it to record to multiple and playback from slot 1.


Any tips on how to avoid importing the duplicates from the second card when using auto-import in eos utility?


I can't be the only one having this issue, one would think....




Not sure what the problem is. Just select the card you want to download from:

Screenshot 2022-12-12 094842.jpg

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic

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@rvd1000 wrote:

The point you are missing is that no one wants to have these kind of duplicates created on their PC...

No one is missing that point. Whenever one selects a simplified “Automatic” approach there will be compromises. Auto ISO won’t let you select the ISO you want. Auto Exposure won’t let you select the Tv/Av combination you want. 

As Rick pointed out there are many possible recording combinations, including various modes on the same two cards. Today I want RAW+JPEG. Tomorrow a critical shout where I want RAW+RAW etc.

John Hoffman
Conway, NH

1D X Mark III, Many lenses, Pixma PRO-100, Pixma TR8620a, LR Classic