Here is a cross-post from user 'robnich' on the DPReview forum for Canon 10D - 50D users. He says this software will show the actual shutter actuations for Canon's 40D model (others say it will not work with the 30D). I do not have either of those two so I cannot test it for myself. Hopefully some 40D forum owner will test it and let others know if it works or not.
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I searched and was unable to find that this had been posted before, but there is software available that appears to give an accurate count of shutter actuations in the 40D.Here is the link:
Here are the instructions (originally posted by "skippyscage" on fencecheck.com)1) Download the file
2) In Windows Explorer, unzip the file
3) Copy the .exe file into the folder where the Canon EOS Utility is installed (typically, C:\Program Files\Canon\EOS Utility)4) Run (double-click) the .exe
5) Follow the instructions. When you press the "Get Count" button, the shutter count *should* appear next to the button.
I tested it as follows: I obtained a shutter count, removed the CF card and triggered the shutter twice. I then replaced the CF card and took a picture. The count on the CF card advanced by 1 and the count reported by the software rose by 3. I think this is the real thing.Bob N.
Andy,It works! Thanks. That is totally awesome.I plugged it in followed the directions and then I unplugged it....took about 10 more pictures, plugged it back in and it added the 10 more pictures. Very cool.Sharna
Glad to hear that it worked for you, Sharna. I wish the same thing was available for us owners of other xxD Canon bodies (without sending it in to a repair center).
Hey Sharna, if you don't mind losing your current file numbers, can you try something?
Get the count from that software. Then shoot a few more pictures, then reset your continous file numbering back to 0 in the menu.
Then get the count from the software again.
Just curious to know if it'll correctly report after a reset
Paul,I did exactly what you said. Guess what? It worked still. It gave me the exact actuations of my 40D. Then...after I reset the file count I took more pictures. Guess what? It still worked. Very cool.Thanks Andy, Paul and BobN.Sharna
Cool! Thanks for doing the test
You're welcome. Anything to help.
Am I to assume that this doesn't work on any Canon other than the 40D, specifically the 20D?
Russ, you assume correctly for the 20D, and any other model older than the 40D.
As to other Canon models (such as the 50D or 5D Mk II), that remains to be seen