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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II The second Micro Four Thirds camera that offers phase detect focusing so you can use Four Thirds DSLR lenses normally as well a Micro Four Thirds lenses.

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Question Occasional Lock Ups

Anybody else been getting occasional camera freezes?

Never had any problems until a few weeks ago. Firmware is up to date and there is no obvious pattern that I have been able to determine thus far. Sometimes it is on switch on when the EVF is blank and other times all action just stops mid use.

It is cured by battery removal but is rather annoying.

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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

Never.

Do you have a good SD card?
Try a different SD card.
Clean camera and lens electrical contacts.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I've also put it down to poor contacts between the lens and camera body. Removing the lens and replacing it can help.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I’ve had just one lockup between my two 1iis with a combined age of around 3.5 years and thousands of images (must check).
I certainly had some 1i lockups due to contaminated body-lens electrical contacts (cured by buffing with isopropanol on a non-linting cloth), and others have reported SD card associated ones.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I've only had one minor lock-up when the camera was new and I was using an old slow SD card. Taking the card and battery out fixed it. Never had any problems since using a fast recommended card.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

Thanks folks.

I have a good, fast, SD card and have clean contacts on them.

Only recently did a good body and lens cleaning session, not n response to the lockups though, so I doubt that is the problem.

Both perfectly sensible suggestions so, notwithstanding my responses above, I will clean again just in case.


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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I have had half a dozen so far.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I have had a few in the last two years or so. Usually fixed by reseating the lens.
I never take my SD card out and use a cable to transfer pictures to my computer, so not had card contact issues to worry about.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

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I never take my SD card out and use a cable to transfer pictures to my computer, so not had card contact issues to worry about.
I remove my cards all the time and I've never had a MkI or MkII lockup.

That said, you'd be more likely to get contact problems through never removing the card. The act of inserting/removing the card causes a cleaning action. Without that, crud can build up over time causing connection problems.

Used to happen in PCs all the time - you'd go around reseating all the memory and expansion cards as the first step in diagnosing a problem and that solved the issue more often than not.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

In a PC yes the fans are constantly blowing dust everywhere.

But, please explain how crud can get into a sealed section of a camera with no airflow, except by magic?

Touch wood, I have never had a card problem, so I will expect it to happen now that I have said that.

Out of interest, how often do you change lenses?
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

You're right... the environment inside a PC is more likely to be 'cruddy' but the problem still exists.

I recently had a fairly expensive DAB radio stop working. The case had no ventilation holes so pretty much sealed. The problem turned out to be poor connection between a couple of the circuit boards inside.Reseating the cables restored it to working order.

I'm not saying you'll run into a problem any time soon.. just something to be aware of.
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Re: Occasional Lock Ups

I have had a number with one of my Mkll bodies. I sent this back for repair and a number of parts were replaced. This did not cure the problem which seemed to occur mainly in portrait mode; it turned out that the lens release button is very, very sensitive!
I try very hard to keep my hand out of the way (or use the other body for portrait shots)!
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