EOS 300D (digital rebel) filenames

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Dan Williams, Apr 27, 2005.

  1. Dan Williams

    Dan Williams Guest

    I don't know if I'm asking an impossible question, but it has to be
    worth a try...

    I'm interested in buying a second hand EOS 300D (that's the digital
    rebel to some people) that I've seen for sale here in the UK. I wanted
    to get an idea of how 'used' it actually is. Taking a trial photo in
    the shop didn't reveal a frame count, but it did label the filename as

    I'm guessing some likely possiblities are:

    (a) that the camera has taken 6031 shots
    (b) that the '6' represents the picture resolution, i.e. the maximum
    of 6.3 megapixels, and that the camera is therefore likely to have
    taken only 31 shots
    (c) that numbering restarts every time a memory card is wiped, in
    which case the camera has taken 31 shots since the last wipe.

    But does anyone know for sure how the 300D labels its filenames and if
    I can deduce frame count from it? I realise that I won't get an
    absolute definite answer, but if, for example, someone could confirm
    what the '6' stands for that would certainly give me some clues and
    enable me better to judge the value of this camera.

    Any suggestions appreciated.

    Dan Williams, Apr 27, 2005
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  2. It shows that the camera has taken 6031 shots since the previous
    counter reset. I am not sure how but there has to be a way to reset the
    counter. In which case, you wouldn't know the actual number of shutter

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Apr 27, 2005
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  3. Stupid me. The easiest way to reset the counter must be to replace the
    internal CR2025 Lithium battery.

    - Siddhartha
    Siddhartha Jain, Apr 27, 2005
  4. Dan Williams

    canongirly Guest

    As Siddharta has stated it has shot 6031 frames since the last
    reset...chances are it hasn't been reset as that's a menu option...I have
    mine set to reset everytime the cf card is taken out (which is everyday) so
    in truth there is no way of knowing how many frames any of the bodies I have
    have in fact shot...if that makes sense.

    If in doubt ask if the shop know how old the body actually is and if the
    warranty card is still with it. (if it's under 12 months it's still under
    warranty anyway. if the warranty card has never been filled in or the body
    registered with Canon then who's to say that you haven't bought it new?).

    Last I heard from a Canon authorised repairer was that the D30 shutter
    lasted 25K frames, the 10D/300D was good for 50K frames.
    canongirly, Apr 27, 2005
  5. Dan Williams

    Colin D Guest

    Maybe, but the book says you can use the menu to switch between
    continuous and reset numbering. Reset numbering starts from 1 every
    time you change the CF card.

    Colin D, Apr 30, 2005
  6. Damn, I should've RTFM ;)

    Thanks for the pointer.
    Siddhartha Jain, Apr 30, 2005
  7. Dan Williams

    Frank ess Guest

    A month or so ago Fyimo wrote:
    " > To correct this
    So you can reset your camera to any number you prefer.

    I have done it a few times, when I unthinkingly used a new-camera card
    in an older-camera sequence, resetting the older camera to the new
    camera's numbers. It takes a couple minutes to get the old camera back
    on track.

    Talk about your obsession with details!!
    Frank ess, Apr 30, 2005
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