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Trying to find Shutter count on Canon 60D Help!

lakeforestdude 1,600 368 December 27, 2011 at 02:00 PM
I picked up Canon 60D at target for $645. Trying to find the shutter count on the unit. Tried google. installed exiftool but could find the shutter count info.
Can anybody help. Thanks.

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You won't be able to read the shutter count from the EXIF data of an image. Shutter counts are stored internally, apparently.

Might I ask why you want to know?
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You won't be able to read the shutter count from the EXIF data of an image. Shutter counts are stored internally, apparently.

Might I ask why you want to know?
Bought this at Target(marked down as online item). I know it's slightly used but was wondering if i can know how many actuations it went through. Thanks.
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Bought this at Target(marked down as online item). I know it's slightly used but was wondering if i can know how many actuations it went through. Thanks.
I'm not getting a clear answer on getting that information. I'm not sure it's easily possible to acquire right now.

That being said, the shutter count really shouldn't matter
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Download and install the hacked magic lantern firmware for your 60d, there you can find shutter count. Plus it unlocks a bunch of cool features for your camera.

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I think he just wants to know if it's been fired 25 times or 2500 times. It's not an unreasonable request, but for the 60D, it's mildly irritating to actually find out. If you're not comfortable either running Linux or flashing the firmware on your new camera, I'd just leave well enough alone.
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Wouldn't flashing firmware erase the shutter count? If its in good shape I would not worry too much about it. I know this is either pretty difficult or nearly impossible with some Canon DSLR's. The shutter is rated for quite a bit higher than most consumers will ever use. For most people it's a non issue.
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I think he just wants to know if it's been fired 25 times or 2500 times. It's not an unreasonable request, but for the 60D
I know why he wants the shutter count, but the actual information is of next to no importance. First and foremost, consider that the life span of the 60D shutter is 100,000 cycles. If OP were concerned about the difference between 25 and 2500, it would be statistically insignificant as it would be somewhere between 0.025% and 2.5% of the camera's life span.

This also assumes that shutters fail at or around the actual life span figure. However, shutters seem to routinely exceed the stated life span or fail early.

The point is that the amount of shutter cycles that have already been taken is ultimately moot. It takes a long time to get anywhere near the life span of a camera's shutter life. Moreover, the shutter's life is difficult to actually predict and the amount of pictures already taken doesn't seem to play a particularly significant role in making a shutter fail (especially when they fail early on).

Basically, OP shouldn't really worry about his Camera's shutter count because it probably won't play much of a role in the camera being a Lemon (and Canon should support the camera if it is a lemon).
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I know why he wants the shutter count, but the actual information is of next to no importance. First and foremost, consider that the life span of the 60D shutter is 100,000 cycles. If OP were concerned about the difference between 25 and 2500, it would be statistically insignificant as it would be somewhere between 0.025% and 2.5% of the camera's life span.

This also assumes that shutters fail at or around the actual life span figure. However, shutters seem to routinely exceed the stated life span or fail early.

The point is that the amount of shutter cycles that have already been taken is ultimately moot. It takes a long time to get anywhere near the life span of a camera's shutter life. Moreover, the shutter's life is difficult to actually predict and the amount of pictures already taken doesn't seem to play a particularly significant role in making a shutter fail (especially when they fail early on).

Basically, OP shouldn't really worry about his Camera's shutter count because it probably won't play much of a role in the camera being a Lemon (and Canon should support the camera if it is a lemon).
Yea but anytime you buy something used, you still want to know how much it's been handled. It's entirely normal. I'm curious as to how many clicks my refurb 60D from Canon Direct has too. Not enough to actually check, but curious nonetheless. I'd like to know if it was actually sold and broken and repaired or if it just sat on a shelf somewhere for a couple of months.
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You need no knowledge of Linux, nor do you need to remove the native 60d firmware to use magic lantern. The firmware runs at camera boot time off an SD card. Using magic lantern preserves original shutter count. Google magic lantern for details.

I'm not interested in arguing the merits of knowing the shutter count, merely providing a method for the OP to answer the question asked.

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Thanks everyone for your inputs. I did consider Magic Lantern. I will just enjoy my 60D as it is in excellent condition. Happy New Year
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