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30D shutter count

Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 5:34PM
Anybody knows how I can find out the true shutter count actuations on a canon 30D, some cameras it is easily done, not so with the 30D.
Any help please

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Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
9 Mar 2010 5:42PM
It must be difficult to find out. Let me help you!
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 5:57PM
Hi and thanks Bucephalas69, There was no way saying how to do it other than a canon repair shop, I am sure there must be a way of doing this, come on you clever people.
Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
9 Mar 2010 6:04PM
1) Take an exposure
2) Transfer the resulting JPEG to your computer
3) Download and install IrfanView
4) Open the JPEG in IrfanView
5) Press I, then press E

Your looking at the exif info and the "File number" will give you the actuations from the last time it was reset.
That's about as close as you get me thinks.
LensYews 9 1.3k 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 6:32PM
But that only gives you a number between 0 and 9999, if the body has been round the clock more than once, then you have no way of knowing. Like they said on the internet forum you refered to, you've have to take it back to Canon to find out.
cambirder 14 7.2k England
9 Mar 2010 9:35PM
I'm pretty sure the info is embedded in the exif data of RAW files. That's how I checked the actuations on my 1D mk 2 before I sold it.
Nick_w Plus
11 4.3k 99 England
9 Mar 2010 9:41PM
Just open Exif info in photoshop (in CS2 = File>file Info), click on advanced tab, Expand all the sections then look for "aux:ImageNumber" - Just done it myself tonight when preparing the add for the D300 in the classified section.
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 9:51PM
Hi Nick W, Yes I know you can do it that way in photoshop with the Nikon cameras, You cant with the canon 30D.
Cambirder There are a few programs to read the 1Ds Sadly not the 30D.
Bucephalas69 9 279 Wales
9 Mar 2010 10:07PM
I think the google hit's (or lack of them) suggest that you can't do this with the 30D.
All you can get is the frame count from it's last reset. If you don't think it's ever been reset then you can work it out with simple arithmatic if it's been clocked.
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 11:01PM
How do i work it out please tell me.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
9 Mar 2010 11:47PM
You need the canon service tool as the camera retains the count in a memory store it does not embed in EXIF data and that can only be accessed via the service tool. The other counter that can turn up in the file numbering system can be reset so cannot be relied upon.

This is different from the 1 series cameras
Dado 9 64 1 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 12:41PM
Hi Strawman; Any idea where this tool is available from.
strawman 14 22.1k 16 United Kingdom
12 Mar 2010 7:06PM
Sorry to my knowledge it is a tool that canon keep for themselves as they would only want their service and diagnostic people to have it.
Pete Plus
17 18.8k 97 England
12 Mar 2010 7:09PM
I'm not sure if you can on Canon, but I had a camera I sold on ebay and someone asked me...so I looked it up and found a site that gave a series of button switches, off, on press menu, hold two other buttons while skipping with one hand above your head and spin in a circle type of thing (well it felt like that)Tongue. But that pulled up the actual actuations on the rear screen.
lawbert 11 1.8k 15 England
12 Mar 2010 7:31PM
I have a 30d and the counter resets at 9999 and then sets off again...I did read somewhere ages ago that you could access the shutter count via a full version of photoshop...but Im not sure if it was the complete counter after 9999.
The 30d was designed for 100.000 shutter actuactions so I would suggest if its working ok now then theres no reason to believe the shutter mechanism will give any problems in the future.

Petes Playstation Tecnique sounds like fun but im pretty sure it wont work on a 30d!

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