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I want to use my Canon 1300D and darktable 3.2.1 for my tethered photoshooting. I checked everything with gphoto2 on my Linux Mint Notebook, everything works fine, I can capture photos, but darktable won't recognize my camera, no matter if gphoto2 spawner is running or not. It is not possible to use tethered shooting or regular import

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I also had that same darktable 3.8.x tethering situation with the same camera model (1300D) I.e., it tested ok with the gphoto2 command line, etc.

Using a Linux Mint system on a Dell laptop (core-i3 8GB -no added GPU) it worked with the following steps:

  1. Be sure to unmount the camera from the file system because when a camera is connected to USB and turned on, it gets mounted to show the list of images in camera storage. Alternatively, remove the card from the camera and set shoot without card from Camera → menu.

  2. After unmounting the camera, go to darktable and open the lighttable panel. If the camera model name displays in the import box (at the top left) then choose mount camera. A list with tethered shoot should appear. Select that.

Tip for the camera freeze problem (which I faced): try not to use the "live view".

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