- Preferred Method: Download this neat and simple utility called Preview Extractor. I just used it on Windows 7 and it worked great.
- Upload your pictures to Flickr untouched and check the exif information on Flickr by clicking on MORE in the Additional Information section. I've tried this method several times and have yet to find my shutter actuation count there, but some people swear it works.
- Use Photoshop C3 (could not reproduce in C4) by clicking File\File Info\Advanced. From there, open up the 4th item (http://ns.adobe.com/exif/1.0/aux) and look for the line called aux:ImageNumber: The number listed in the number of shutter actuation count.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
So, considering how much I've been shooting since I bought my D90 back in January of last year, I have been curious to know how many shots I've taken and how many shots my camera can take before the shutter could go.
I spoke with several "professionals" in camera shops throughout San Diego who stated adamantly that there were no ways to find out how many times I had activated my shutter. I decided to do my own digging and discovered several method to check the shutter use:
I'm sure there are more freeware out there that will do the same trick; just google Shutter Actuation Count to find them.
The second question I had was how many actuations until my shutter would die. I ran a quick goggle search for "D90 shutter life" and found out my camera could go to 100,000. You would think this would be good for a lifetime and that's what I thought until I ran my new little utility and discovered that in less than a year and a half, I have already taken ... you're ready for this? 38,492 pictures. No wonder I keep running out of room on the old external hard drive.
So my final question was how much would it be to replace the shutter. Again, the professionals threw their hand up in the air and told me that by that time, it would make more sense to buy a new camera. The camera I would have to buy, to be comparable to my D90 now, would cost anywhere between $900 - $1,500. If the shutter replacement will cost less than $400, I think it makes sense to get a new shutter. So off to google I went again and found some information. The research I've done has shown me that replacing a shutter will cost about $300 to upgrade to the 300,000 actuations going through Nikon directly.
For me, it's a no brainer. I absolutely love the D90 and will only replace it when I can upgrade to a fully professional camera. I would love this little jewel:
Of course, I will have to wait a while before I can splurge for this beautiful piece of equipment. In the mean time, I will probably settle for a $2K - $3K camera like the D300:
Monday, March 15, 2010
So I received this wrist strap today:
Everything considered, it does what it's supposed to do and it was affordable. It came with no instructions, so being completely not mechanical, it took me a little bit to figure out what to do with the strap, but I rigged it my way and it works.
It attaches to camera's tripod mount and has another tripod mount on the back so the strap can remain attached when the camera is mounted to the tripod. That was a lot of mount and mounted and tripod!
Worth the cost, but not ideal as the grip moves around a bit when taking pictures.
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
So I prefer holding my D90 in my hand and not around my neck. I'm still looking for a neck strap that will help with the backaches - the camera, especially when the 300 lens is attached, kills my back if I wear it on a strap around my neck. If any of you know of a long strap that I could wear like I would a purse over the neck/shoulder, please let me know.
In the mean time, I'm ordering this wrist strap:
Camera Hand Strap For the Nikon D3, D3x, D300, D300s, D700, D3000, D5000, D90, D60, D40 & D40x Digital Cameras
I'll let you know what I think of it once it gets here. And yes, I am working on reviews of everything I've bought so far as well as the more than 30 books I have read, am reading, and will read.