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06-08-2010, 03:48 PM   #1
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What's the sw for checking used focal lenghts?

Hi,

I've seen several references to a software that will check your pics and tell the most used focal lenghts. I did a quick search with no luck. What is that software?

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06-08-2010, 05:03 PM   #2
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I use one called ExposurePlot

it can give you focal lenghts, aperturers shutter speeds and ISO
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For an in-depth, highly detailed look at the exif data from any of your photos, try PhotoMe - it's free and a Google search will bring up the web site to download it from.

One of the fields is "shutter count" - often a requested number when buying a used DSLR.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ismaelg Quote
Hi,

I've seen several references to a software that will check your pics and tell the most used focal lenghts.
Are you looking for something that's going to average out all of your photos and tell you the focal length that you use the most?

If so, why would you want that?

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QuoteOriginally posted by Ira Quote
Are you looking for something that's going to average out all of your photos and tell you the focal length that you use the most?

If so, why would you want that?
To see what focal lengths you use the most.
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I want that to analyze my pictures and see the most used focal lenghts. That will help me determine what to look for in my next lens.
For example, I have the 18-55. I *THINK* I use the 55 end far more than the 18. If that is true then I don't really *NEED* to get down to 16 or 17, but I won't be happy limited to 50 in the top end. So a 20-70 (I'm just making these up) may be more appropriate for me than say a 16-50. But maybe I use the low end far more than I realize and should not disregard it.
It is a tool to align what you THINK you want with what you REALLY need.
I have Photome and use it mostly to check shutter count.
ExposurePlot seems to be the one I'm after.

Thanks,
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If you use Lightroom then I can't recommend Jeff Friedl's plugins enough. They were instrumental in determining my last lens purchase. Ultimately it was another zoom but at least I know, based on the following tools, that if I were to purchase some new primes my first picks would be in the 15, 30, and 70mm range...

See Focal-length Sort and Focal Length Data Plot.
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This is utterly useless for prime lens users.

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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
This is utterly useless for prime lens users.
Obviously
06-08-2010, 09:13 PM   #10
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QuoteOriginally posted by hangu Quote
This is utterly useless for prime lens users.
It might be useful to a prime lens user having to sell a prime lens out of their collection. Maybe a prime user could use the software as an indication of weakness in skill set, why aren't you using 21mm, 14mm, 35mm, whatever, as much as your other lenses?

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'PhotoMe' is both very functional and free.

And the software can be very useful if you prefer the "glass-half-full" philosophy -- which FLs do I want to explore -- or what FL's do I NOT use.

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