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wmcy

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wmcy Gold Member Nikonian since 21st Aug 2006
Thu 14-Nov-13 09:06 PM

I have seen fellow Nikonians use a actuations-count software and post the results on this site. I would appreciate a recommendation. There are several on Google, but would value a Nikon user's input.

Thanks.

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meadowlark2

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#1. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 0

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Thu 14-Nov-13 08:28 PM

I have used www.nikonshuttercount.com and found it very useful.
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dm1dave

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#2. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 0

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Fri 15-Nov-13 03:52 PM

Opanda IExif is a popular application for viewing the data imbedded in your images.

http://www.opanda.com/en/iexif/index.html

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gobigdave

Scituate, US
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#3. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 2

gobigdave Registered since 21st Aug 2006
Fri 15-Nov-13 05:10 PM

No need for extra software if you have a Mac. Open a NEF or JPG in Preview. Then go to menu Tools -> Show Inspector. Under Exif, there is an Image Number, and that is what you're looking for.

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jaymc

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#4. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 3

jaymc Silver Member Nikonian since 19th Sep 2006
Fri 15-Nov-13 11:35 PM

Thanks, have a 13" rMBP and did not know this.

Testing123

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#5. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 0

Testing123 Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2009
Wed 20-Nov-13 10:02 AM | edited Wed 20-Nov-13 10:03 AM by Testing123

A Nikon camera’s shutter actuation count is contained in the EXIF of each picture.* Unfortunately, not every graphics program that displays EXIF data shows this specific info (I’ve no idea who not). For instance, Photoshop will, but Lightroom won’t.

To obtain the latest actuation info, using Photoshop CC, load the last photo you’ve taken with the camera in question--make sure the photo has not been edited and then resaved because this may alter the EXIF info.

From the menu, choose:

File > File Info…

Choose the ‘Advanced’ tab from the resultant pop up meta data viewer.

Click to open the ‘Schema’ section which should be the 5th item down the Property Tree list.

The camera’s shutter actuation count for the photo is displayed as:

aux:ImageNumber: xxxxx

where ‘xxxxx’ represents the count.


You can also use a dedicated EXIF program such as ‘ExifTool’ by Phil Harvey which you can find here: http://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

I’ve not used this program. Please see the ExifTool docs for details.

Hope that helps,
Allen


* Apparently, other manufacturers (such as Canon) have chosen not to include the shutter actuation count as part of the EXIF data.

RLDubbya

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RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Fri 22-Nov-13 10:43 AM

I posted this over in the PP forum:

https://www.nikonians.org/forums/dcboard.php?az=show_topic&forum=319&topic_id=12924&mesg_id=12924&page=


It might be overkill, but there's a free plugin which you can use in LightRoom that essentially gives you the ability to get at all metadata for all your images.

Testing123

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Testing123 Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Jan 2009
Fri 22-Nov-13 07:50 PM

Ah... ok, so Rob Cole of RobCole.com has written a plug-in for Lightroom that uses exifTool.

There ya go… thanks for the info, RLDubbya!

Regards,
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RLDubbya

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#8. "RE: In LightRoom..." | In response to Reply # 7

RLDubbya Silver Member Nikonian since 24th Dec 2011
Fri 22-Nov-13 09:39 PM

Allen, in this case it might well be overkill, but I'm finding it to be a quite handy add-on. Maybe others will find it useful.

pb2013

Livingston, US
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#9. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 0

pb2013 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Nov 2013
Wed 27-Nov-13 02:33 AM

Google's Picasa viewer also shows the actuation number for an image in the image information panel.

eliot3b4

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#10. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 3

eliot3b4 Platinum Member Nikonian since 23rd Nov 2008
Thu 05-Dec-13 05:33 AM

Thanks for the info. It worked!

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carlosnino

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#11. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 3

carlosnino Registered since 22nd Jun 2012
Thu 05-Dec-13 06:04 AM

Hi,

My Preview says "Preview is incompatible with this unprocessed file format"

I'm using OS X 10.6.8

Do I need an upgrade?

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Leonard62

Pa, US
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#12. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 11

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Thu 05-Dec-13 12:13 PM | edited Thu 05-Dec-13 12:21 PM by Leonard62

>Hi,
>
>My Preview says "Preview is incompatible with this
>unprocessed file format"
>
>I'm using OS X 10.6.8
>
>Do I need an upgrade?

You don't need an upgrade. You need to use a file that Preview is compatible with like jpg or tif files or nef files from older cameras. Until Apple catches up with the new cameras like the Df or D5300 it won't read their raw files.

In your case 10.6.8 may be older than the D800 so you won't be able to show raw files in Preview but jpg files should be fine. I have 10.8.5 on my computer and it read raw files just fine but not Df files.

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PKAY

Redondo Beach, US
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#13. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 3

PKAY Registered since 11th Sep 2007
Sat 11-Jan-14 06:47 PM

You can also hit the "Nikon" tab from "Show Inspector" and "Shutter Count" is presented as the second to last item in the list. gobigdave is absolutely right. If you have a Mac, you don't need additional actuation software. The "Show Inspector" option will provide you with all the metadata you could possibly need.

cmajor335

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#14. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 0

cmajor335 Registered since 29th Sep 2013
Mon 20-Jan-14 08:26 AM

Well shows that you can always learn new tricks. I had always used the exif free software program and only purchased my iMac a year ago, having been a windows user for some 16 years it was bit of a challenge but am getting to grips with the Mac so this has taught me something new, thanks.

isail2

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isail2 Silver Member Nikonian since 09th Aug 2004
Mon 03-Feb-14 12:11 PM

I found these threads very interesting and also found a 16,000 + figure on the software that sort of surprised me.
Does anyone know if this number is individual clicks or may also include each frame taken during my videos. If so that could explain a lot.
Thanks to all
Tom
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JosephK

Seattle, WA, US
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#16. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 15

JosephK Silver Member Fellow Ribbon awarded for his excellent and frequent contributions and sharing his in-depth knowledge and experience with the community in the Nikonians spirit. Nikonian since 17th Apr 2006
Mon 03-Feb-14 04:27 PM

It is actually a count of every time the mirror goes up:
- start a picture
- start a video
- start a live view
- mirror up for cleaning

---------+---------+---------+---------+---------+
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pb2013

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#17. "RE: Actuations Software" | In response to Reply # 16

pb2013 Silver Member Nikonian since 23rd Nov 2013
Mon 03-Feb-14 07:50 PM | edited Mon 03-Feb-14 08:01 PM by pb2013

Another big factor is time lapse, since each shutter release counts. E.g. one image every second for one hour = 3,600 additional actuations.

G