How to Check the Actuations on My Nikon D300

Written by candace horgan
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The Nikon D300 can meet almost any photographic need. It has the ability to shoot clean to ISO 3200 and shoot six frames per second, or eight frames per second with the optional battery grip. The D300 is rated for 150,000 shutter clicks before failure on average. You can check the shutter actuations, which are saved in the EXIF data field, to monitor how close the camera is to this average failure mark.

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Things you need

  • Opanda IExif Viewer
  • or
  • Flickr account

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  1. 1

    Load a compact flash memory card into your D300.

  2. 2

    Take a photo on the card, then transfer the image to your computer using the direct USB hookup of the camera or a compact flash card reader.

  3. 3

    Download and install Opanda IExif Viewer (see resources).

  4. 4

    Open Opanda IExif Viewer and open the image you shot with the D300.

  5. 5

    Scroll through the EXIF data to "Total number of shutter release for camera." The value displayed is the number of shutter actuations.

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    If you have a Flickr account, you can check the EXIF data field for shutter actuations. Upload the image to your Flickr account, then open it. On the bottom right, look at the "Additional Information" field and click "More properties." Scroll down toward the bottom and look at the value under "Shutter Count."

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