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File name-does it go up to 9999 and the reset

francine

Thornton, US
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francine Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jun 2007
Tue 17-Sep-13 10:03 PM

Today I put my sd card into my computer and there was 2 files on the card. The first file went to 9999 and the 2nd file started at 1. Is 9999 the highest it goes.

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jbloom

Wethersfield, US
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#1. "RE: File name-does it go up to 9999 and the reset" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 17-Sep-13 09:16 PM

Yes, it is. The file system used on the memory cards in cameras only supports file names of the old 8.3 form (8 characters, a period, three-character file type.) Thus after the "DSC_" there is only room for four digits.

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dm1dave

Lowden, US
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#2. "RE: File name-does it go up to 9999 and the reset" | In response to Reply # 0

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Tue 17-Sep-13 10:51 PM

If you want to keep using the cameras numbing system as your file names – you can avoid duplicate names by changing the first 3 letters anytime that the counter rolls over. So, instead of DSC_0001.nef it can be XYZ_0001.nef.

See page 204 in the D7000 manual (page 226 for the D7100) to change the 3 letter designation.

I always change the names of my files after transferring them to the computer and getting rid of the unwanted (bad) shots. I use the date, my name and a sequential number ... 2013-09-17_DSummers_001.nef ... this eliminates any possibility of duplicate file names.

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jbloom

Wethersfield, US
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#3. "RE: File name-does it go up to 9999 and the reset" | In response to Reply # 2

jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Wed 18-Sep-13 06:48 AM

>If you want to keep using the cameras numbing system as your
>file names – you can avoid duplicate names by changing the
>first 3 letters anytime that the counter rolls over. So,
>instead of DSC_0001.nef it can be XYZ_0001.nef.

Yes, but in the heat of the action, it's sometimes hard to know exactly when that rollover will happen. (I set the first three letters differently on different cameras so when I'm using two cameras for the same event, their filenames won't conflict when I ingest the images into the same folder.)

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luckyphoto

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#4. "RE: File name-does it go up to 9999 and the reset" | In response to Reply # 3

luckyphoto Silver Member Nikonian since 27th Dec 2010
Wed 18-Sep-13 11:24 AM

I do the same thing when I use two different cameras. One is DSC_ and the other is DS6_ for my D600. If I'm up to about 9500 or so, I change to a new designation such as DSD_ so I have 9999 more.

Loosing 500 shots by changing over early is not a big deal since you have approximately 175,742,000 unique file names the camera can assign (26x26x26x9999). In addition, as Dave suggested, you can change those file names in post if you wish.

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