Brent Saltzman


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Looking up shutter actuations for your Canon DSLR for Free

Recently I wanted to look up the shutter actuations for my Canon 5D Mark III to see where it was at within it's lifespan and if you go out on Google there are a number of results that claim to help you find the shutter count for free, but in actuality they actually aren't free.

This is such a simple figure and it's unfortunate that Canon does not just provide it within the Camera's menu.

Thankfully there are wonderful developers on Github who have an open source tool to help locate your camera's shutter actuations and it's actually free. Note: this is only supported for MacOS

Head on over to http://orlv.github.io/freeshuttercounter/ and download the DMG file to get the app.

Supported cameras
1D C, 1D X, 1D Mark IV, 7D Mark II, 7D, 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II, 6D, 70D, 60D, 50D, 40D
700D (Rebel T5i), 650D (Rebel T4i), 600D (Rebel T3i), 550D (Rebel T2i), 500D (Rebel T1i), 100D (Rebel SL1), 1200D (Rebel T5), 1100D (Rebel T3), 1000D (Rebel XS)

Unsupported: 1D X Mark II, 5DS, 5DS R, 5D Mark IV, 5D, 80D, 750D (Rebel T6i), 760D (Rebel T6s), 1300D (Rebel T6)

Plug in your camera with a USB cable, open the App, and switch on your camera and click "Get Shutter Count". It's as easy as that! (As it should be!)

Free Shutter Count

You should always check the shutter actuations to help determine the value of your DSLR Body, especially when selling it or purchasing a camera body used.

Hope this helps someone out!

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