Saturday, September 11, 2010

nerd alert - nikon shutter actuations

I'm selling a Nikon D200 body that has been in my camera draw unused for several years. While researching the information I needed for an ebay listing it seemed people looking to buy a camera want to know the number of shutter actuations (or number of times the shutter had opened and closed in the camera's lifetime). So I did a search on how I find this magical number and what do you know, everyone tells you to download free software ... really! What a hassle. There is no way I want a little piece of 'free' software for one silly job. So I searched further and low and behold all the information is there to view in Photoshop, or Bridge and probably most other pro and not so pro image editors that can display the image EXIF (Exchangeable Image File Format) information. You just have to know where to look.

So here's the procedure. Take a JPG with your camera, view the file in Bridge right click on 'file info', follow the tabs to 'advanced', look down the list and click on schema (http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/aux/) and there's the number of shutter actuations up to and including that shot. See print screen above (click to make it bigger). I hope this helps someone.

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