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I own both a 10D and 20D, both of which were bought used but appear to be in very good shape. My question it possible to get a true number of how many actuations the camera has been thru? i thought that the number showing on the compact flash card was it but realized if you changed to renumber, then that number changes also

any info would be appreciated........



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Read your instruction manual it will tell you where in the menu to find the total shutter actuations. Even my little G3 has this feature. if you don't have an instruction manual how on earth have you figured out how to use everything your cameras offer. Go to Canon USA and download a copy.

Mark W.


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Now that I find an interesting question; and a 'useful' answer although a little on the terse side.
But how about the 5D; I own one of them and have read the manual several times. But I cannot find the equivalent feature on it. Does it exist on the 5D??


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Mark.........i have read through the manual pretty closely and dont see any reference to this function. Maybe someone else who has a 20d can help me find out this information.


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> [ I found this somewhere on google. Hope it helps

First you need a Exif reader. It's free here
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Open the file with jpeg, looks for field like Unknown (0093)3,14 : 28,A,B,0,0,65535,65535,...........

If A is 0, your actualy count is B else if A>0 Count is (A*65536) + B

Or if you have 1 series, you can donwload cancount and it will take care of everything. ]


Thanks Thienanhpham, a very useful piece of information. I downloaded from the link and retrieved the information but I'm not sure which string of num bers I should be looking at. I have copied what I think is the most likely string set. Could someone confirm which string I should be looking at. I ha ve a 10D.Thanks.

Fn15.Shutter release w/o CF card : Possible w/out CF card

       Unknown (000F)3,18 : 0024 0100 0200 03 00 0400 0500 0600 0700 0800 0900 0A00 0B00 0C00 0D00 0E00 0F00 1000 1100

       Unknown (00C0)3,13 : 001A 014A 0170 01 72 00AE 00FA 01A6 01A8 0118 00BE 01F1 01F2 01BE

       Unknown (00C1)3,13 : 001A 0141 016C 01 6D 00A4 00F9 01AC 01AE 0110 00B7 01E4 01E7 01A5

        Unknown (00AA)3,5 : 10,462,1021, 1027,846

       Unknown (00A8)3,10 : 20,4863,0,0,0,0,0 ,0,0,0

       Unknown (00A9)3,41 : 82,1622,833,830,1 027,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,128,126 ,127,126


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> [ None of the strings you posted are the correct one.... the correct one should start with "Unknown (0093)" Unknown (0093)3,14 : 28,A,B,0,0,65535,65535,...........

When I tried it on my 5D, A is always 0 and B is always 1 ..... but i know i put around 10k on this camera. This is from my 5D Unknown (0093)3,16 : 32,0,1,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,65535,65535

use the fomular below.... i have 1 click on this camera.... hehe... i know i put around 10k on it.... Cancount software use the same fomular to calculate actuations for Canon 1 series... I don't know if this method works for other cameras as well . Can anyone confirm this...?

Well... This actuations count is for fun only. Shutter can fail any time..

------------------------------- Unknown (0093)3,14 : 28,A,B,0,0,65535,65535,...........

If A is 0, your actualy count is B else if A>0 Count is (A*65536) + B -------------------------------



Google for "exif viewer 2".

THis software is for free. It not only shows you the exif data pretty good, but also the total number of shutter releases of that camera if you look at one of your recent pictures with it.