EDIT: Since this blog article was written some things have changed: ‘Shutteractuations’ no longer offers it’s shutter count software.

I was wondering how to find out the shutter count (number of shutter actuations) for my Canon 5d2, and it took a while to find a good method that did not cost anything.  If you have a Canon camera then here are some tips:

  • EOSCount.com is a website that many photography forums mention. It allows users to get a shutter count for most current EOS Digital SLR’s. It used to be free, but now there is a small payment required (paypal) to find out the information.
  • Camera Shutter Count looked promising.  You upload a jpg and it reads the info.  You have to watch these types, as they may give you the file number, which may not be the same. However, I just got a message saying it did not support my camera (despite the info saying it did).
  • One that i didn’t try but looked promising is Astrojargon’s EOSInfo, which is their newest release (replacing 40D Shutter Release).  This looks to be a small program that you install to your Windows computer.
  • The best one I found was Shutteractuations.com.  It is free-of-charge, although you can leave a paypal donation if you wish. Click on this link and then download the executable file to your computer.  Unzip it, and then run the ‘ShutterCount’ file.  Make sure your Canon camera is connected to your computer via USB of course. The program will run, showing you the following information.

shuttercount

So, now you have the information, what does it mean? Canon dSLR manufacturer stated shutter life expectancies are the following:

Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS / 1000D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel T1i / 500D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XSi / 450D 100,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi / 400D 50,000
Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT / 350D 50,000
Canon EOS 50D 100,000
Canon EOS 40D 100,000
Canon EOS 30D 100,000
Canon EOS 20D 50,000
Canon EOS 7D 150,000
Canon EOS 5D Mark II 150,000
Canon EOS 5D 100,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark IV 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark III 300,000
Canon EOS 1D Mark II N 200,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark III 300,000
Canon EOS 1DS Mark II 200,000

Source: www.the-digital-picture.com

My shutter actuation count was 35,000… so it looks like i have quite a bit of life left and won’t be requiring a new camera soon.  I’m not sure if that is good news or not, i have my eye on a 1D 🙂

 

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