Nikon shutter release count

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Steve, Sep 24, 2007.

  1. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Does anyone here know if it's possible to find/read/show the total number of
    shutter releases on a Nikon D50? If it's possible, how is it done please.

    Steve, Sep 24, 2007
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    Paul Furman Guest

    With the D70 I had to use a different program for it to show in the exif
    data... the very last item in the long list. I think exiftool was the
    one I used.
    Paul Furman, Sep 24, 2007
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  3. I donno if it is possible, but if it is... it will be in
    the EXIF data embedded in every image. Get something
    like /exiftool/, a package of perl scripts that can dump
    all of the EXIF data.

    Or post an unprocessed image file somewhere that I can
    download it, and I'll be happy to take a look and post
    all of the EXIF data it contains.
    Floyd L. Davidson, Sep 25, 2007
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    Richard H. Guest

    Yes. As others suggested, the tool is ExifTool (see Google). The field
    name is ShutterCount. It shows the number of actuations since manufactured.

    Here's the command to use the Perl version of ExifTool. There is also a
    Windows executable version now, but I'm not familiar with it.

    perl exiftool -ShutterCount MyPicture.jpg
    Shutter Count : 15528 <--- # of actuations

    Richard H., Sep 25, 2007
  5. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Thanks for the offer. I've found and set up exiftool and it works
    perfectly - shutter count a tad over 19000, around 5000 of which have been
    mine (I bought it second-hand). Of course, now I'm wondering what the life
    expectancy of the shutter is and whether 19k is a lot or a mere drop in the
    ocean! I'll guess at a reasonable life of 100,000 so at my current rate of
    use it'll be up (worn out!) in about 7 or 8 years time. By then I think I
    should have been able to save up enough for a replacement. ;-)

    Steve, Sep 25, 2007
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    Steve Guest

    Thankyou. Sorted!
    Steve, Sep 25, 2007
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    Warren Weber Guest

    Richard. I had never heard about this. Will it work on other brands of
    digicams or only for Nikon? W
    Warren Weber, Sep 25, 2007
  8. I didn't look long enough to find reliable information
    on the D50, but the D70 is rated at 40,000 and the D80
    at 50,000. So it is doubtful that the D50 is rated
    higher than either of those (in fact I saw one
    suggestion of 20,000, but I don't know if that was valid
    or just noise).

    You won't get ratings upward of 100,000 unless you pick
    up a professional model. And at 5000 actuations a year,
    it probably isn't worth considering that a priority. Even
    at only 20,000, that would be 4 years.

    But of course if you did that 5000 in the last couple of
    months... you probably want to start saving up coins
    because you'll be looking at the new models soon enough!

    Incidentally, there is a database one fellow is keeping of
    shutter counts for various cameras.

    Of the failed D50 shutters, the average count was 17k,
    and of the still work D50 shutters it was 44k. Which
    suggests that sometime between tomorrow and Christmas
    in 2012 you'll need a new camera, eh? ;-)
    Floyd L. Davidson, Sep 25, 2007
  9. Steve

    Steve Guest

    Done in about the last 6 months actually, but some of that total has
    probably been "new toy syndrome".
    Thanks, I had a look there although I get the feeling that his data is a bit
    "noisy". In one of the D80 entries someone's put 12 (yes, twelve) clicks
    and still working, which tends to drag averages askew. Interesting reading
    nonetheless. There seem to be some reasonably high numbers in the D50 entry
    for those still working and a very quick squint through the "not workings"
    points to most of the failures (12 recorded) being around the 10-12k mark.
    The piggy bank seems to be safe for the time being.

    Steve, Sep 25, 2007
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    Richard H. Guest

    The tool is multi-vendor, but this particular EXIF field seems to be
    Nikon-specific field. Canon, for example, doesn't seem to have anything

    I'd suggest taking your favorite camera and dumping all the EXIF data
    with EXIF to see if/what they may call this field. You'll probably find
    your EXIF has at least 20 fields populated.

    Richard H., Sep 25, 2007
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