Did you try Image Capture (in the Utility Folder) and see if it recognized and then was able to download the 35 pictures?
BTW, perhaps the reason you don't detect the quick focus of the pictures in iPhoto is because you have a barn burner Mac these days.
Yep as a matter of fact i did try the Image Capture and it showed the camera and how many pictures there were just like iPhoto did and even showed the first picture to be downloaded, then just sit there and did nothing else till i finally gave up and aborted it just like iPhoto.
Downloads just fine on the pc, so i don't figure there is anything wrong on the camera end...something has changed on the iPhoto end cause it used to work ok. I thought at first maybe iPhoto didn't accept the raw format which is .crw , but i guess that isn't it because once i bring the pics over from the pc it reads them just fine.