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Olympus OM-D E-M1 The first 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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EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

I went out today with an aim to take some photos in the snow, ambient temperature was around -5C, so within the limits of the camera, not much wind so windchill probably not an issue.

I took a few shots, and on the third shot, the screen remained black. I was getting information on the screen, but no image from the sensor.
I took the lens off to find that the shutter curtain was still covering the sensor.
I tried turning on and off a few times, but was not able to rest the shutter to its natural position.

When I got home, I played again, and eventually the shutter has released and all seems fine. I am wondering if this is temperature related, as the camera had obviously warmed up a bit when I was playing with it at home.

The same happened to me a while ago, when the temperature was around 0C but I managed to rectify it by turning on and off and pressing the shutter a few times.
When the shutter is stuck in this manner, I can still take photos, but obviously it is very hard to set up shutter speed/exposure.

Is this an issue that I can rectify easily, or will I need to send the camera back to Olympus for repair.
My camera is still under warranty, so sending it for repair is not a problem, but I would rather not waste time unnecessarily.

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

About a year ago I had to have Olympus replace the shutter when I had this problem. It seemed more severe in coldmwhether.

Mine was out of warranty, so I would act now while you're covered.
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Mine behaves the same. I have to change the shutter lag from normal to short, which seems to rectify the issue.
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

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My camera is still under warranty, so sending it for repair is not a problem, but I would rather not waste time unnecessarily.
I'd get it repaired under warranty. My E-M1 shutter failed and was collected from me and replaced by Olympus (Portugal) in exactly 2 weeks
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Out on on job tonight ... it was warm
Shutter jammed shut and there is no response or information from the camera
Is there a reset procedure or is it dead?
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

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Out on on job tonight ... it was warm
Shutter jammed shut and there is no response or information from the camera
Is there a reset procedure or is it dead?
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Quite likely a failed shutter its what happened to mine at about 125,000 actuations under 100 replaced. If it is under warranty it will be free.
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Thanks
Cannot see the number of actuations but it will be high

Will contact Oly tomorrow

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Possibly stating the obvious, but have you tried taking the battery out and putting it back in? It might clear it - doesn't mean there isn't problem of course, but it might get you back on the road.

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Thanks John
Did That overnight ... not a flicker out of it

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Oh dear, sounds like it needs to go to the doctor. Good luck.

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

It happened to my E-M1 just before the end of its Warranty. Olympus (Portugal) returned it looking (and working) like new, so I traded it in for an E-M1 Mk.ii.
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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

well... it went to Portugal and it is not comming back

No... I have a brand new body!

Olympus did not have the parts

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

Glad you are sorted, but it's a bit worrying if they don't have parts so soon. I would have thought they will run out of new bodies far sooner if they keep just replacing them!

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Re: EM-1 Shutter sticking closed

When was the mk 1 last manufactured?
Under European rules they should have a way of repairing /replacing for 7 years ... but costs could rise

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