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    Default Why Shutter Count so High ?

    I took a look at the exif data the other day and saw a field called "shutter count" and the number beside it says "38353". Does this mean that my camera has as shutter count of 38353 ? I know it is a stupid question...

    Why i am asking is because i bought my camera end of last year at one of the show.. dont remember which one. And i definitely did not shoot 38K times since then.

    So may i ask if this is normal ? and how is the number derived ?

    Could it be the case that my camera has been used before ?

    TIA

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    ignore the number. The exif shutter count is just useless number. Not reflective of the actual real shutter count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CasonLyn View Post
    ignore the number. The exif shutter count is just useless number. Not reflective of the actual real shutter count.
    Err...so then how are you supposed to see the actual shutter count? I was under the impression that the EXIF data is the only way to find the correct shutter count...
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    Default Re: Why Shutter Count so High ?

    Hmmmmmmmm sorry if my answer is wrong but what i did was to take the latest picture and uploaded it to http://photog.hk/cgi-bin/exif.cgi to check my shutter count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverspectrum View Post
    I took a look at the exif data the other day and saw a field called "shutter count" and the number beside it says "38353". Does this mean that my camera has as shutter count of 38353 ? I know it is a stupid question...
    You're missing two important information here : camera model and software used to check EXIF. Some cameras just plain don't supply shutter count (e.g. Canon other than 1 series).

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    You're missing two important information here : camera model and software used to check EXIF. Some cameras just plain don't supply shutter count (e.g. Canon other than 1 series).
    I am using a Canon 400d, i saw the exif info on Flickr when photo was uploaded.

    Is there another way to see the shutter count ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by silverspectrum View Post
    I am using a Canon 400d, i saw the exif info on Flickr when photo was uploaded.

    Is there another way to see the shutter count ?

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    Only way is CSC.. The EXIF number is quite.. off.
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    Default Re: Why Shutter Count so High ?

    sorry...but is it nec for us to know the shutter count, please?

    thanks.

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    Default Re: Why Shutter Count so High ?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverspectrum View Post
    I am using a Canon 400d, i saw the exif info on Flickr when photo was uploaded.

    Is there another way to see the shutter count ?

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    Ignore the shutter count on Flickr. My old 400D had 3'2000' plus shutter count on Flickr when the actual was less than 15k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geckoblade View Post
    sorry...but is it nec for us to know the shutter count, please?

    thanks.
    The shutter has an estimated lifespan. Some professionals change it when it is near that figure, just to be safe and not have the camera fail in the middle of a job. For a hobbyist, not a very important figure.

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    Default Re: Why Shutter Count so High ?

    Quote Originally Posted by geckoblade View Post
    sorry...but is it nec for us to know the shutter count, please?
    Well, sort of like the odometer reading of a car when you're buying used. Camera has no "scheduled maintenance" like a car, of course. But most people would like to know how heavily a camera had been used if buying a used one.

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    Default Re: Why Shutter Count so High ?

    Quote Originally Posted by silverspectrum View Post
    I am using a Canon 400d, i saw the exif info on Flickr when photo was uploaded.

    Is there another way to see the shutter count ?
    See this thread on exactly the same topic (not blaming you for not searching - I knew about it because I participated in that thread)

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=383064

    Canon has a utility that is supposed to be able to pull that information out. We mere mortals don't have access to it. I don't even know if it is special firmware that they load into the camera to do that, or a program that reads it through USB.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lennyl View Post
    See this thread on exactly the same topic (not blaming you for not searching - I knew about it because I participated in that thread)

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=383064

    Canon has a utility that is supposed to be able to pull that information out. We mere mortals don't have access to it. I don't even know if it is special firmware that they load into the camera to do that, or a program that reads it through USB.
    Thanks for providing the information. My bad for not searching thorough enuf.

    Let me try and see if I read another number.

    But if the number is still the same from the CSC, then most likely my camera is not new as HN sold me ?

    Cheers

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    Thanks to all for the information and patience... I will ignore Flickr's shutter count.... :-)

    Realised that it sounds pretty common for the 400d as discussed in the thread Lennyl shared. I am not alone :-)

    Cheers

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