Thursday, June 24, 2021

Camera Odometer

Well, technically not an odometer, but it's the same concept. Remember when car odometers went up to 99,999 before rolling over to zero? I don't think you can fool today's car odometers. They go well above 99,999. Not sure if there is such a thing as rolling over to zero anymore. But on my last hike, my camera's odometer (more correctly referred to as a shutter count) was at IMG_9999. Here's the photo:
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It's a photo of a big, healthy Mojave Yucca. And then the camera "rolled over" and the next image was IMG_0001 (photo below).
More Mojave Yucca. This photo captures a little cluster of them up on a hillside, using a telephoto lens. I exposed for the sky, so the Yuccas are in silhouette. And with this shot, it's a fresh count starting at one!
 
This got me thinking... I wonder how many times my camera has turned over? Probably at least 10-15 times. But to be honest, I never paid much attention to it. Is shutter count turnover common knowledge? Does anyone pay attention to it??
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I have a program on my laptop called "Free Shutter Count". If I was willing to dig through my closet to find my camera box, I could get the cord that connects my camera to the computer and tell you my exact shutter count. But since I feel lazy and pressed for time, I'm going to give you my best guess. My camera likely has a shutter count between 100,000 and 150,000. It might be higher. Actually, it probably is higher.
 
IMG_0011: View north towards the 29 Palms Marine Base
 
I bought my 5D Mark II about 10 years ago used. In camera years, it's very much a senior citizen. It's in its twilight years. I'm thinking about buying a newer camera body just to take advantage of some of the newer technology, but this camera has been an old friend. It bounces around in my Jeep, puts up with desert dust and sand storms, gets bumped on rocky boulders, and it just keeps taking great photos.
 
I'm told that a camera like mine will get to a shutter count of at least 150K before passing on to camera heaven. I found a YouTube video documenting a 5D Mark II with a shutter count of 1 million!
 
From the archives: My friend Pat, pretending to clear the way on the Boy Scout Trail.
 
This full moon rise at the end of a recent hike was icing on the cake!
 
If I do upgrade my camera body, it will probably be to a used 5D Mark IV.
Of course, I'll want to buy one with a low shutter count!
 
Linking with Skywatch Friday.
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44 comments:

  1. I think it's the photos that matter not the count - love all your photos today but am mad for the moon one

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  2. ...I have two Sony A6000 bodies, with a 16-50 lens on one and a 55-210 on the other. They are at about 9,400 each and have been reset to zero a few time. Image 0011 is to die for! Thanks my friend.

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  3. Interesting old yucca plants, scenic view and moon! I never thought about shutter count ==very interesting! My first Nikon must have hit its final shutter count as my shutter froze and stopped working. To get it repaired the price was almost the cost of a new DSLR so I bought the Nikon upgrade. Honesty I've been mainly relying on my phone camera more and more these days--it just seems easier and I take more spontaneous photos.

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  4. I didn't ever even think about shutter count. But now I know and that explains the nubers on my pics---maybe. Sometime when I upload from my camera the pics get scattered amongst others---not in order. It ticks me off because I have to go hunting for them. Weird
    MB

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  5. You are one of my Must See blogging friends! Thanks for this info, and your PHOTOS!

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  6. Love those yucca plant photos and no way to see some faults in your shots regarding some sort of camera failure. The only decisive factor could be the weight of your equipment on those hikes. For me on my age a point to switch from DSLR to mirrorless.

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  7. Beautiful shots of the yucca! Isn't it great we can just keep snapping photos up into the thousands and maybe to a million? Back in the days of film and developing we had to be selective in the shots we took.

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  8. That first shot reminds me of an Ent.

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  9. There's something about that turnover that's worth noting. As long as it still works, that's all that matters, really. Although, it is nice sometimes to have the newer tech for some of the bells and whistles.

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  10. Nice shot of the moon and congratulations on your shutter count. It was a source of relief for me because I read somewhere that most cameras can only get to 30,000 or so and that was kind of depressing.
    Your experience with your camera just reminds me that good photos have more to do with the person holding the camera than the camera.

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  11. I am familiar with shutter count, but with respect to my trail cam - of course, many of those are what I call "wind" photos! Love the picture of Pat doing trail maintenance!

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  12. Mine is 550D almost 8 yrs old. I almost exhausted shutter count and don't have budget to upgrade :-). Probably just live with mobile camera for now.
    Meanwhile great photos as always

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  13. The two best things about digital photography are--- 1. Take all the pictures you want! There's no expense for film or processing. 2. Having a darkroom in your computer-- and being able to do all manor of things that one could never have done in a darkroom. The 5D is a wonderful body--

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  14. I lost count a few caneeas ago. Your old Canon seems to be working just fine.

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  15. Great photos no matter what number the camera cares to assign to them. One thing I have learned about photography is that most folk's pictures take a dive in quality every time they buy a new camera: nothing to do with the technology, just a re-adjustment while the user struggles to control a new piece of equipment rather than focussing on the composition and lighting.

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  16. Excellent images SPP, I had no idea that there was such a thing as a shutter count turnover, or any idea as to where to look for it 😉

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  17. HAHA, this has been informative. Yes I remember when 99,999 was tops on the odometer but I did not know that any camera kept count of its photos.
    Thanks, and of course we enjoyed all the photos of course.
    Sending good thoughts out to the desert country.
    Sherry & jack

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  18. Greetings and Salutations! Pat made me laugh out loud upstairs in the attic today. What characters you two are. My best friend and I do that kind of thing. It's nice to have friends like that. Your 5D Mark II camera is an old friend too. I wouldn't give it up until it doesn't work anymore. Perhaps a back up camera would be nice but it would be more weight to carry along on your trips. Senior camera. Senior citizen. Old school or new school? Do what you want to do not what others are doing. I've given you my advice but you make your own choices. Odometer for photos did not know. Now I do. Thanks for information.

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  19. Fun photo of Pat pretending to move the boulder ~ Old friend cameras are hard to let go of ~ hope you find a good substitute ~ Great photos ~ The Yucca plants are great shots ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Loved that moonrise photo. I had no clue about shutter counts, but on the other hand I have not used a camera (just iPhones - two, to be exact) since August of 2012. Your camera is an old friend. Sometimes new isn't better but if you want those new features, go for it!

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  21. Love the moon shot, it's fabulous. Your photos look awesome no matter what the shutter count is. Have a great weekend!

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  22. Superb photos as usual, you capture the desert beautifully
    . Struggling to pots my blog here it is https://spudsdailyphoto.blogspot.com/2021/06/early-morning-walk.html

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  23. Gorgeous photos as always! I've never given any thought to shutter count, but then again it's been a long time since my good camera has even seen the light of day. I tend to just stick with the old cell phone now.

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  24. That last shot reminded me of the so-called "Strawberry Moon" that can be seen in parts of the U.S. this afternoon and evening.

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  25. Stunning moon shot! I wish I had had a view that clear. You were blessed!

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  26. Dearest Peter,
    Some fabulous images. Your friend Pat would clear the road 'easily' with a big grin that is!
    That rising moon is stunning.
    Good luck with your camera(s).
    Hugs,
    Mariette

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  27. All amazing sights captured! Worth every roll over!

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  28. 150,000 gorgeous desert photos and, of course, many of your lovely granddaughter.

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  29. My little Sony camera has been "round the clock" about four times but now I use my phone. I've got very lazy about taking photos.

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  30. You take great and fun shots with your camera.

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  31. Just the other day I did a search for a certain photo number and it came back with four photos all with the same number. I think my camera has turned over a few times.

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  32. It's been years since I had a camera other than the one on my phone. My husband, though, is thinking that photography might be a fun hobby once he retires, and he'll want a "real" camera. He's started doing some preliminary research, and my, how things have changed since the 70s! lol

    That full moon shot is gorgeous!

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  33. I've never thought of a camera odometer before . . .
    These photos are Stunning.
    It's a great gift to be allowed to see them.
    Thank you VERY MUCH.
    💙

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  34. Gorgeous photos! For birds in flight I usually shoot in burst mode which really adds to the shutter count. Frankly, I rarely hear talk about shutter count unless a camera is being sold. It's understandable people like used ones with low shutter counts.

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  35. I can’t imagine anything taking better than what you have now and a camera that is good enough for all that rough desert treatment sure seems worth hanging onto! I’m afraid to know how many snapshots I’ve taken (as opposed to real photographs like yours). My halfway decent photos would be a very much lower count.

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  36. Beautiful full moon shot at the end. Just gorgeous.

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