F4phantom From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2006, 100 posts, RR: 0 Posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4107 times:
I use both the Canon 300D and 30D camera bodies. Sometimes i notice photographers on here state how many actuations a camera has taken, often quoting numbers in the thousands. Am wondering how it is possible to access this information, is it held in the data within the camera? Thankyou.
KMB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 1, posted (6 years 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 4103 times:
The number of actuations are recorded on the memory card but this is unreliable since if you change the card the number will vary. Canon are able to read the exact number of actuations and this information is usually provided if your camera is serviced.
Walter2222 From Belgium, joined Sep 2005, 1272 posts, RR: 31 Reply 6, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 4022 times:
Quoting INNflight (Reply 5): With the 300D, you can choose to either reset the "counter" (=file names) every time you use a new, empty memory card, or continuously number the files.
E.g., CRW_8644 is the 8644th actuation, however the 300D counter automatically starts at zero after CRW_9999 I think.
That's correct, Florian!
But that's only related to the file-numbering on the CF-card.
It seems, however, if you mix CF-cards with an existing file-numbering, without reformatting in other camera's and than back, the numbering system is not reliable anymore... (I haven't tried it myself, but it was a topic under discussion on the "scramble"-forum some weeks ago).
KMB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 8, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3990 times:
A friend of mine recently purchased a secondhand 30D and the shutter button failed. When it came back from repair they had not only replaced the shutter button but the complete shutter assembly with a note to say it had completed 66,000 shutter actuations.
KMB From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (6 years 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 3928 times:
Quoting JRowson (Reply 15): My 20D came back from service last year with the total number of actuations written down, so I guess that service engineers can get access to this info. I wonder if the end user can access it somehow?
Canon only release this information to their service agents but they all appear to use it when a camera goes in for repair.