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Firmare 3.0 starts numbering your images at L1000000 (could duplicate those in your library!

So I will reset the 1st three numbers to keep images separated from previous ones from 2016

 

Menu 4 / Reset Image Numbering / Yes -- then take a picture for the change to take effect.

Repeat until the first three are where you need them...

 

Then I reformatted the card to get rid of the test pictures I had taken.

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Do you mean I have to take test photos equal to my to date number of shutter actuations? I must be missing something. Sorry. I’ve taken 15,000 photos with the Q. I’d love to pick up the count just following my last image number.

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I understand what you mean, and for those that import with naming "as is" it could be useful, but I always rename files to a meaningful name when importing (or scanning), so I am not tied to any one cataloging program (such as LR or PH1). Renaming for me is usually as such: "mm-dd-yyyy-hh-mm-ss-description of session-original file name". This helps in sorting and searching for sessions by name, even from OS level.  And every session import goes into a folder named "mm-dd-description of session", under a parent folder for the year. Never missed one single pic, after about 35 years of shooting.

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Do you mean I have to take test photos equal to my to date number of shutter actuations?

 

 

Images are stored in folders of 1000 (or is it 999) images.  Every time you "reset" the number you jump to the next folder.

 

After installing new software the files start at L0000001 in folder 100LEICA.  Resetting the numbering will create folder 101LEICA with an image of L0010001.  Reset again and you get folder 102LEICA with image L0020001.   If you've taken 15,xxx pictures your card will have folder 115LEICA.  Do the reset trick 16 times to start using folder 116LEICA and image number L0160001.

 

Or do nothing if monotonic image numbers are not important to you.

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Images are stored in folders of 1000 (or is it 999) images. Every time you "reset" the number you jump to the next folder.

 

After installing new software the files start at L0000001 in folder 100LEICA. Resetting the numbering will create folder 101LEICA with an image of L0010001. Reset again and you get folder 102LEICA with image L0020001. If you've taken 15,xxx pictures your card will have folder 115LEICA. Do the reset trick 16 times to start using folder 116LEICA and image number L0160001.

 

Or do nothing if monotonic image numbers are not important to you.

You are a genius. I did not know how that worked and now I do. Thanks so much. I’ll have to examine my Leica Q images in LR and see where the file numbers span. I’ve never paid much attention to this in past revisions so I expect its not well organized. Much appreciated.

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My ancient brain failed to remember that two years ago I taught LR to pretend the date to the file name upon import.

I would not have had any duplicate file names since L1000002 becomes 180629L1000002 — sorted closely to 180629IMG12345 from another camera.

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Thank you so much for this thread. I noticed my Q had begun duplicating file names this past week and could not fathom why! Several it, or my Mac upon importing(?) had played a -2 after the file number, while other instances the file name remained identical and I had a prompt on my computer warning me as such. Such a relief to have solved this from occurring again. 

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Every time I update the firmware to the last version I forget to apply the SD trick and I am losing my will to live in updating to my last pic number. I find it unbelievable that Leica cannot give us a much simpler way to set this number (and initial letter).

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Am 1.7.2018 um 11:54 schrieb Berlinman:

Please Leica make it possible to change the „L“ at the beginning of the filenames - like most of the other cameras can.

I'd like a  Q  instead of the L.... 😎

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The files of my CL start with C, the SL with S, and the TL2.....oh, s@d it, I can't change it. These little things can make life easier.

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I assign a new database record for each batch/roll of photos with subject and tech data. When finished with that batch I copy the DNG files onto my computer to a folder with the same name as the database record, in the form of YYMMDD cameralens: for example 190220DG LeicaQ 28Lux. Then I use a nifty little program called A Better Finder Rename to capture the folder name and apply it to each DNG file, removing all but the first 6 numbers and adding -001, -002 etc in sequence. For example the 34th shot would be 190220-034. In this way I can keep track of my files and make it easy to locate any one of them at any time. I've been doing this a long time, starting on 4x6 file cards back in the 1960's, eventually transcribing the info to the computer database... The other day I used this file system to locate some Kodachromes I shot in Iraklion Crete in March 1964 with a Petriflex SLR.

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