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04-16-2011, 04:13 AM   #1
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K200D and file numbers

Hi to you all,

I have owned and used a K200D for quite some time now, and the files (my pictures) are named by a number, with only 4 figures !

Which means that after the picture 9999, I have the picture 0001, 0002 etc...

But the problem is that I of course already have files named 0001, 0002 etc...

So I now have several files with the exact same name and it is quite a problem in my classification system.

The solution would of course be to have files with 5 figures (9999, 10000, 10001, 15342, 23001 etc...)

I did not find this in the user manual. You can name your files with a date system for instance, but is it possible to have just numbers with 5 figures ?

Thanks for your help !

04-16-2011, 04:36 AM   #2
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Put the pictures into folders with date names. That'll seperate them fine.

I have a K10D and my wife has a K200D. Both cameras use the same naming systems. We just recently went on a vacation where our numbers were running the same. I had to seperate by date and camera to keep from overwritting pictures. GRRRRR
04-16-2011, 05:36 AM   #3
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No solution for your problem.

You more than likely can rename your files using a batch conversion. Replace e.g. 'IMGP' by '0000' for your first 9999 photos. Just search for a batch renaming utility.

I use jhead under linux; extracts the date and time from the picture and puts it anywhere where you want in the filename. Can add fixed strings (e.g. a camera name) in there as well. Works only on jpegs as far as I know but with some scripting that's probably easy to solve.
My filenames look like

Quite sure that some Windows tools (photoshop etc) also can do it as well.
04-16-2011, 06:26 AM   #4
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Rename the starting letters

I recently had a similar problem with my K20d and this was my solution.

I believe that the K200 also allows you to create your own custom 4 letter header (the default is IMGP for jpeg or _IMG for AdobeRGB colour space photos).

I renamed my header letters to MCT1 (My initials). This way, the photos now start at MCT10000 and _MCT0001 for AdobeRGB colour space photos. Since I'm not likely to take lots of Adobe RGB photos that numbering scheme will keep me going. An advantage for me is that my initials sort AFTER the default ones so order is kept.

Since you're not likely to want to use my initials (so much for fame!!) you can choose your own, if you choose ones that come after IMGP (IMHP for instance), that will sort after the previous ones.

Hopefully this will help you or at least give you some ideas.


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Thanks for your answers ! I will try something efficient...

Just for my information, did Pentax think about something more clever for bodies such as K-7 or K-5 ? Like five-figure names ?

Thank you !
04-16-2011, 11:47 AM   #6
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No, they did not. But K5 and K7 support what mtansley uses.

According to the DCF specification, only the 4 last 'characters' are the filenumber and should range from 0001 to 9999; 0000 is not allowed.
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I have a K10 and *istD both of which use the same file numbering and both have rolled over 9999. I transfer files from each camera into a separate directory with the camera model name. I use a batch rename feature of my editor to rename the files with the camera I.e. istD or K10D and add the leading digit to the sequential number

Fortunately the K7 allows custom file naming
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Just get a renamer here

Flexible Renamer

and "replace" IMGP to 110416 (year/month/day) or whatever. Add the camera name if needed. Easy.

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I do the rename trick as well. I prepend the yyyymmdd to the file name.

For Windows, this is also good

I use Lightroom for this
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Thanks for your help !

@SpecialK : I downloaded the renamer you gave me.

It's great !

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