I was just wondering, when it comes to determining the number of shutter actuations on a digital body, just how reliable and accurate have you found software like Opanda IEXIF v2.3 to be?
Are the results dependable, trustworthy and accurate?
For example, I was recently contemplating the purchase of a D2Xs. The seller came to my home and as I was looking the body over, he mentioned it only had 5,540 clicks on it. In view of the price, that was music to my ears, and I asked him if he was sure. He claimed that 5,540 was, in fact, THE number.
So, I mounted a lens (an 18-200 AF-S VR)...snapped off a quick shot...pulled the card...downloaded the image and then opened it in the Opanda version mentioned above. The result: 15,779 clicks! Over 10,000 MORE than he'd just claimed.
Needless to say, I was stunned...he was mortified...and he couldn't have gotten out of here any faster than he did...
So, now I'm wondering? Could Opanda have been wrong? What do you think? "Inquiring minds want to know."
Many thanks, in advance, for sharing any thoughts...
Dick The Long Ranger
"There are none so blind as those who would not see..."
I have never used Opanda but I have used Photoshop CS3 to determine the number of clicks. I seriously doubt that the seller expected you to perform such an action-needless to say, I bet he was "mortified".
Sounds like to me the seller was attempting to pull the wool over your eyes. As far as Opanda being wrong-can't say for certain-but can say that the seller was wrong as were his actions.
Dick.... I don't know about Opanda, but I do use IrfanView and it has been right on with my own cameras. I have kept pretty close tabs on the shots I have taken with both my D70 and my D40 and they match what I THINK I have taken very close. I do mostly sports and I know how many shots I take on average for each event and it has always been right on. I have checked it against what I have uploaded for the week and it has always been on.
Opanda, or any other EXIF-reading application is only reading the encoded information that the camera includes in the photo EXIF region. That is an international standard. Opanda could not be "faulty", nor could any other software that is programmed to read those standards.
That would be like saying that your computer's operating system isn't reading the correct available hard disk space on your system. If it subscribes to the EIDE or SCSI, or other hard disk standards, than there couldn't possibly be any misrepresentation.
It's only reading information, not creating it.
I agree with the others. Your "seller" either didn't know or was pulling a fast one.
>Does anyone use a program that would be compatible and >accurate with "Mac" ? >
Almost every Mac comes with Graphic Converter already installed, free. Find it in your Applications folder. Open an image and click the EXIF tab. It's in the listing! On a Mac this is a one-click deal: just drag the file onto the finder, and while your mouse is down, find Graphic Converter, drop the file on the application and it opens right up.
Well, after shooting off around 1,000 images since I bought my used D200 (in VERY good shape) I went into CS3 and found where the count is stored and noticed that I have around 18,400 clicks on it (which means it had 17K plus when I bought it). The seller made no claims as to its mileage. Only that it was his back up body and was in excellent condition (which it is).
I understand that the D200 / D2x are rated at over 150,000 clicks. If this is true, I would say enjoy your camera. Use it in good health and deal with the repairs if/when they are needed. That's how I plan to go with it.
PS, my Jeep Grand Cherokee has over 225,000 miles on it and runs awesome! So it will be with my camera
Opanda has always been correct for me. I understand how you probably feel. Even thoe 15,000 is low for shutter count it is not what it was proposed at being from your seller. Did the seller know? Maybe, maybe not. By running fast from the scene says it all to me. I , probably like you, just want the truth so I can decide if I want to buy. In terms of buying a used camera thoe if one has had it in to Nikon it could have been reset by them (Tech Guy's) and that would also if I'm not mistaken reset the actual shutter count. In other words, with a used camera you just have to take the sellers word for it. I agree with all that say it is low and not a big deal from a used standpoint, but I certainly would not have liked being lied to about it. Good luck and enjoy a great body for sure. Happy Shooting, Jeff
On a Mac running Leapord, the shutter count is available when the image is viewed using Preview. Click on Tools and select Inspector. Then click on the icon that looks like an exclamation point in a bubble . If you have a Nikon tab, you'll see the shutter count in there. It's also in the EXIF tab listed as Image Number.