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Establishing shutter actuatuions on a used DSLRs
This is a question mainly for the benefit of others but also to satisfy my own curiosity..

Of items that are likely to fail the shutter is the single most expensive item to replace on a DSLR (about $250). Thus a) knowing the number of shots taken and b) knowing the design life of the shutter is highly relevant information if purchasing a used DSLR and may add to the desirablilty of purchasing one brand used rather than another..

On all Nikon DSLR's you can read the number of shutter actuations in the EXIF information via free software such as Opanda and I know the design life of the shutters on consumer cams (D40-80) to be 50,000 clicks..

So my questions:.

(i) Are there any other makes of DSLR where anybody can read the number of shutter clicks in EXIF (or directly from the camera)?.

(ii) Are there consumer DSLRs with a design shutter life greater or less than 50,000? If so can you provide a link to confirm?.

I often answer Newbie questions asking which used DSLR to buy. I have never seen mention of an shutter readout facility on any other make but have no problem including them in my reply if I know the answer..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comments (9)

On Olympus cameras you can check the shutter activations very easily.If you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #1

Stainedsilver wrote:.

On Olympus cameras you can check the shutter activations very easily..

How?.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #2

So I take it that Nikon are the only DSLRs where you cam easily check the shutter count?.

Stainedsilver has not returned to tell me how you do it on an Olympus. I downloaded and skimmed the E510 manual but can find no mention of it there so I have no means of judging what he means by "easily" and no means of passing on how to do it to a Newbie. Do you have to take it to an authorised Olympus dealer? Do you have to connect the cam to Olympus software which a newbie will not have onboard his PC? I cannot see the information in Olympus EXIF readouts..

So unless others would care to inform me otherwise it would seem I can recommend Nikon DSLRs over all others as having a distinct advantage as a used buy given the ease of checking shutter count without being accused of fanboy fanatical brand loyalty!.

Would someone care to improve my fund of knowledge!.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #3

OLYMPUS E-1, E-300, and ? .

To check shutter count > power on, open the cf door1. press "play"+"ok" together2. press the following button in order "up" "down" "left" "right" on the dial3. fully press the shutter release button4. press "up" on the dialpress "left" to page 2.

Page2.

R: 00XXXXXX mean shutter release countS: 00XXXXXX unknownM: 00XXXXXX pixel map countU: 00XXXXXX ultrasonic wave count..

Comment #4

Drp5,.

Thanks for that!.

If anyone can add to the list of Olympus models that would be useful. When I have time I will have a look in a few download manuals now that I know what I am looking for. Is there a link to a web page anywhere illustrating how to do this?.

I do feel that anything which gives certainty about shutter count numbers is a definite bonus when buying used..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #5

Try this link..

Http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/hidden.htmlIf you think that makes sense, then you must have read someone else's post!..

Comment #6

Stainedsilver wrote:.

Try this link..

Http://www.biofos.com/cornucop/hidden.html.

Thanks for that. Much easier to pass that on than describe the steps!.

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

Comment #7

Chris Elliott wrote:.

So my questions:.

(i) Are there any other makes of DSLR where anybody can read thenumber of shutter clicks in EXIF (or directly from the camera)?.

Pentax stores shutter count in EXIF information. It is not a plain number and not all software will be able to display it.PhotoME and EXIFTool are able to display shutter count for every Pentax DSLR..

(ii) Are there consumer DSLRs with a design shutter life greater orless than 50,000? If so can you provide a link to confirm?.

Pentax K10D, K20D:http://www.pentaximaging.com/.../footer/news_media_article?ArticleId=8794568http://www.pentaximaging.com/.../footer/news_media_article?ArticleId=10507458.

Edvinas..

Comment #8

Edvinas,.

Thanks for that..

Chris Elliott.

*Nikon* D Eighty + Fifty - Other equipment in Profile.

Http://PlacidoD.Zenfolio.com/..

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