I was wondering if anyone knows of a hidden tip in the D700 (or any other way)to see how many times the shutter has been fired. The shutter on teh D700 has been tested to 150,000 cycles, but how does one know when he is getting close. I am a long way of getting there yet but I was just wondering.
Thanks for your reply. Don't get me wrong, I am not in the least bit worried. It was just a question that came to my mind. Being a pro camera, it would be a handy feature to have so that one can tell when the shutter is getting close to its rated life (after many years of trouble free operation hopefully).
Believe me I am doing exactly what you mentioned. I am just shooting and enjoying every second with this amazing camera. It has reignited my interest in photography in a big way.
Failure data has two numbers and you are only familiar with one of them and have no access to the other. Assuming tests have shown the average shutter does in fact fail at 150,000 operations, you also need the standard deviation figures to gain a true understanding.
I.e. in a lot of 1000 cameras tested, say the shutters of 500 failed right at 300,000 operations and other 500 failed early at 1,000, and yield an average of 150k.
Now if, in that test lot of 1000, shutters all went to 149,000, half failing there and the other half all failing at 151k, you might have reason to predict against one camera.
The science of statistics uses the shape of the failure curve, calculation of standard deviation for probability information about the shutter life of any single camera.
Plus, temperature or some other environmental variability can shift the failure curve significantly. And then suppliers change materials and manufacturing techniques change mechanical factors affecting life.
Bottom line...you have enough data to cause sleepless nights. And be terribly wrong.
As a direct answer to your question about number of times the shutter has fired...take a picture...examine the EXIF data (use Opanda)...number of shutter operations of the camera is in data location 00A7.
Tue 16-Sep-08 10:00 AM | edited Tue 16-Sep-08 05:06 PM by amedi
The D700 (and all other Nikon DSLR's as well I suppose) stores the number of shutter releases in the Exif file with each photo. To watch the number of releases I use the Exif viewer plugin for Firefox but most of the Exif viewers will give you this info I would say. The only problem can be to recognize it because the description can be vague. In Firefox' Exif Viewer I have to look at: Unknown (0xa7)= which tells the number of releases. Could be that NX does a better job at telling what is what.
Opand requires an unedited jpeg to get the shutter count. That means do not use Nikon Transfer or use any photo editor or organizer to move the file form the CF card, just use cut and paste. Opanda also only works in Windows.
Nikon tech support has posted a notice about how camera resets, firmware updates or other action coul reset or change this value. Also LiveView causes a "shutter release".
>>There is free exif software from Opanda that displays >the >>number of shutter activations. This is software well >worth >>having. > >Just to add to the above, I believe the photo must be shot in >.jpg not .nef converted to .jpg for Opanda to give the shutter >release count however I could be wrong. > The same is true for the Exif Viewer plugin for Firefox. You can see all of the other data, except the shutter count.
>It's probably a service menu item that you can't get to. > >If I were you, I wouldn't worry about it. > >The F5 was said to have a self-diagnostic double-bladed >shutter that's tested to 150,000 cycles, featuring Nikon's >exclusive shutter monitor. Reality, however, proved >different: > >http://nikon.virtualpresscentre.co.uk/pressreleases/84.shtml > >Keep shooting and stop worrying! > >Hussam
hmm, 1,000,000+ frames?
i actually blew the shutter on an F4 years back through "over-use"..... from memory, it was something over 500,000 frames (the guys at nikon service kindly told me that after i had the repairs done).
i have no idea how many frames my F5 has done, but it's still kicking along quite nicely (when i use it, which is so rarely thesedays the damn thing is a $5k paperweight....)
Tue 16-Sep-08 11:19 PM | edited Wed 17-Sep-08 11:01 AM by gpoole
The shutter count may be larger than the the image count. LiveView adds extra shutter counts. So does multiple exposure. On my D300 the image number is about 8000, the shutter count is 152 higher.
Edited to remove an unintended "not" from the first sentence above.
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