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lapping camera numbers

how’s this for a weird thing. on monday i ‘lapped’ my Canon 350D and went over 9999 shots causing the numbering to reset. This was the first time since i bought it in July 05 and both contain my neice Sarah looking very sleepy (she’s usually very jolly)
here is shot IMG_9999.jpg and IMG_0001.jpg
IMG_9999.jpg IMG_0001.jpg
now, the very strange thing is my Sony DSC-W12 camera (my work-a-day camera – (link to the replacement version)) which went over it’s 9999 shot count yesterday ! This was the second time since i bought it in August 2004.
here is DSC09999.jpg
and here is DSC00001.jpg (notice the tail being chopped off – by a carving knife no doubt)
so what can we learn ? well, i take more shots with my Canon at weekends than i do during the week with my Sony camera, but i get a higher hit rate of usable blog photos with the Sony as they are more likely to be of nonsense. As shown by the two random samples above.

6 thoughts on “lapping camera numbers”

  1. I find it a little incongruous that the lap takes it from 9999 to 0001, missing out (1)0000. This means that if you want to calculate the total number of shots you’ve taken with the 350D the equation for working it out is:
    1000l + l + n
    Where “l” is the number of laps and “n” the current photograph iteration.
    You need to get snapping even more with the W12 since you are only 10% of the way to finding out what happens when that one laps. It’s a nervous tension possibly matched only by having to wait to find out what happens when they stop entering the numbers into the Lost hatch computer.
    And I don’t understand the logic of cutting a mouse’s tail off. In clearing up the aftermath of a grisly homicidal-cat experience it makes an excellent carry-handle.

  2. ah, but the W12 has just lapped. it turns out the extra 0 at the front is just a spare ! It laps after 10K and not 100K. cheeky munky that it is.

  3. Oh, how disappointing.
    The mind boggles at how a programmer managed to come up with source-code which behaves like that…

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