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    Posted: 04 January 2013 at 21:44
Hi,

How do I find out how many shutter clicks my A99 has done?

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Have you reset the file numbering since you started shooting? If so, I don't know of a way. ;)

If not, at least you have a starting point and can guess the ten-thousandths digit. I've looked high and low for this information, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Fuzzphoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2013 at 22:28
No Sony camera provides the user with the actual shutter count. Maybe a service center get a reading, but not the user. I know my A700 has had around 35,000 because I've set the counter to not reset and counted the times it went over 9,999. When buying a used Sony camera, there's no proof of the shutter count. Unfortunately.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote slawrencephoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2013 at 22:38
Originally posted by joestealthmode joestealthmode wrote:

Have you reset the file numbering since you started shooting? If so, I don't know of a way. ;)

If not, at least you have a starting point and can guess the ten-thousandths digit. I've looked high and low for this information, but I can't seem to find it anywhere.



I have not reset the counter and the file number count is in the hundreds so I guess if I remember to note when it gets to 9999 I will at least know how far I have got.

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If you mix and march memory cards between cameras it can get very confusing.... I messed up my a99 numbering almost immediately by using a card I had previously used in my old a77.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote slawrencephoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 January 2013 at 22:44
Originally posted by mikey2000 mikey2000 wrote:

If you mix and march memory cards between cameras it can get very confusing.... I messed up my a99 numbering almost immediately by using a card I had previously used in my old a77.


The memory cards used in my A99 have only been in used in my A99 so I am ok on that front but thanks.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote dca1213 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2013 at 00:12
Holy cow! An a77 is old and shutter count on an a99 is already a concern!

Hard to believe I used a Canon A1 from 1979 to 2001 and had no idea how many shutter actuations it had when I sold it
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Post Options Post Options   Quote slawrencephoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2013 at 00:29
Originally posted by dca1213 dca1213 wrote:

Holy cow! An a77 is old and shutter count on an a99 is already a concern!

Hard to believe I used a Canon A1 from 1979 to 2001 and had no idea how many shutter actuations it had when I sold it


Now just want to keep tags that is all. No cows involved.

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Post Options Post Options   Quote romke Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2013 at 08:32
why the interest in the shutter count at all?

ok, it could tell you how many shots have been made / how often the shutter has been actuated - so what?

i know it is a mechanical device that eventually will fail - but if you know the number of times is has been actuated does not tell you when it will fail.

a shutter is designed for a number of actuations - and a large percentage from the production will reach that number.

some will not and fail prematurely. that can be after a few, after a few hundreds or a few thousands of shots. there is no way to predict the time of failure - there is only the statistical certainty that it will fail eventually, either before the designed in number is achieved or later or much later....

so, even if you happen to have say a a900 with already 400000 shots, it is impossible to say when it will fail. maybe the next shot, maybe somewhere next year, maybe after still more years.

i know that both Nikon and Canon have a counter that records the number of shutter actuations. imo that is a relic of the past where a camera would be used over more then a decade by a professional because it still worked quite well and newer models did not offer significant advantages. in those conditions it could be wise to decide after a certain number of shots to exchange the shutter giving a new leash of life to the camera.

when you now buy a "professional grade" camera, you know that in five years the design is outdated and that newer camera's perform better in terms of resolution, color rendering, high ISO capability, focusing and whatever other electronic wizardry that is on board.

in other words: the mechanical shutter is no longer a important part that defines usability - other things (mostly electronic) will decide whether you still keep it or buy a new camera.


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Post Options Post Options   Quote slawrencephoto Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 January 2013 at 09:53
Originally posted by romke romke wrote:

why the interest in the shutter count at all?

ok, it could tell you how many shots have been made / how often the shutter has been actuated - so what?



Just interested thats all, no other reason.

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In case anyone is looking for this in the future it seems the answer came 4 months later...
https://www.dyxum.com/dforum/the-alpha-shutter-count-tool_topic97489.html
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