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10-15-2007, 09:30 PM   #1
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K10D Shutter Activations - Does the camera keep track?

If the answer is here, or elsewhere, I can't find it!

Is there a way to see how many times the shutter has fired in a K10D?

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The fine name IMGPxxxx tells you how many shots you've taken. Once you get to 10,000 it goes back to 0001. Just keep a log of 10,000's if you really wanted to know.
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ExifTool

The latest versions of ExifTool
are able to extract the shuttercount from the EXIF block in your images.
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The problem is that one can easily reset image count or set it to any number when selling the camera and buyer can but trust the seller.

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QuoteOriginally posted by baw Quote
The latest versions of ExifTool
are able to extract the shuttercount from the EXIF block in your images.
I tried a JPG from *Ist DS and couldn't find shuttercount
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Ok. I'm going to ask a dumb question.

Why is it important to know how many activations a DSLR has done?
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To evaluate how heavily it has been used when buying second hand.
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QuoteOriginally posted by baw Quote
The latest versions of ExifTool
are able to extract the shuttercount from the EXIF block in your images.
Wow! Jens Duttke is a genius!
Have you noticed, he also managed to hack AF point information. Now his tool (PhotoME - Exif, IPTC & ICC Metadata Editor) nicely displays AF point on picture.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Matjazz Quote
The problem is that one can easily reset image count or set it to any number when selling the camera and buyer can but trust the seller.
And, for example, your picture file is IMGP5555.jpg. Is it 5555th picture taken? Or is it 15555th picture? Or maybe it's 95555h picture?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Matjazz Quote
To evaluate how heavily it has been used when buying second hand.
Thanks Matjazz.

I did some research after I posted and found that the K100D shutter is good for about 10,000 actuations. That number seems a bit too low to me.

I downloaded the ExifTool program and found out that I'm currently at 1367 actuations.

My highest file number is IMGP1109. So it is reasonable to assume that someone at the Pentax factory took 258 shots?

I bought mine new.
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QuoteOriginally posted by zoomzoomfan Quote
Thanks Matjazz.

I did some research after I posted and found that the K100D shutter is good for about 10,000 actuations. That number seems a bit too low to me.

I downloaded the ExifTool program and found out that I'm currently at 1367 actuations.

My highest file number is IMGP1109. So it is reasonable to assume that someone at the Pentax factory took 258 shots?

I bought mine new.
First of all, 10,000 definately isn't a limit. More likely it is 50,000 or even 100,000.

And regarding those 258 shots... could be that in factory they are testing assempled cameras, but also it could be not completely new camera. When you have sales policies which allow you to return photographic equipment within 2 or 4 weeks just because you didn't like it, you never know if you buy completely new or returned camera. What do you think what do they do with returned cameras? Definitely they don't throw them away They repackage them and sell them again
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QuoteOriginally posted by zoomzoomfan Quote
Thanks Matjazz.

I downloaded the ExifTool program and found out that I'm currently at 1367 actuations.

My highest file number is IMGP1109. So it is reasonable to assume that someone at the Pentax factory took 258 shots?

I bought mine new.
You are sure you've never reset the image counter?

Perhaps you are using the digital preview mode now and then (on my K10D that is used by turning the power switch to the right)? I do.
That would increase shutter count without taking pictures.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Edvinas Quote
Wow! Jens Duttke is a genius!
Have you noticed, he also managed to hack AF point information. Now his tool (PhotoME - Exif, IPTC & ICC Metadata Editor) nicely displays AF point on picture.
Thanks for pointing us to this link.
GREAT tool!

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I still haven't managed to get shutter count from *Ist DS jpeg (converted from raw with silkypix)
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Shuttercount..

Either the Ist Ds didn't have this Tag yet or SilkyPix didn't copy it to the JPEG.
Perhaps shooting a fresh JPEG and see if the shuttercount is there?
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