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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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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

Possible a can of compressed air over the shutter mechanism whilst it is operating might help, assuming that the sensor can take this.
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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

I remember reading an article on cleaning your cameras sensor which said never ever fire compressed air towards the sensor/shutter mechanism unless you really really want a large repair bill. Not only could the blast damage the shutter mechanism and/or the sensor but also spray a residue over the sensor. It is not just air that comes out of the compressed air can but propellant too.
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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

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I remember reading an article on cleaning your cameras sensor which said never ever fire compressed air towards the sensor/shutter mechanism unless you really really want a large repair bill. Not only could the blast damage the shutter mechanism and/or the sensor but also spray a residue over the sensor. It is not just air that comes out of the compressed air can but propellant too.
Quite right and I should have said the same. I haven't yet tried anything but the closest to a compressed air can I'll use is something like a squeezable 'hurricane' blower with the brush removed.

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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

I did initially think of a "blower brush" but thought that might not be enough to make a difference. Thanks for the advice not to use compressed air. I had not thought about propellent and assumed it was just what it said - compressed air.
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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

I have a can of "air duster" on my desk - 1 from Poundland.
There are various warnings on the back of the can about "liquified gas" and damage to plastics etc. It doesn't mention what the liquified gas is but it carries a solvent abuse warning.


In an extreme circumstances you can use a bike pump to deliver a blast of high pressure air, but again I'd avoid doing that with the shutter/sensor of a camera unless it was a lost cause for any other repair.
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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

I have one of those mini vacuum cleaner things that work off a tin of compressed air.
Might be able to use that if any muck is caught in the mechanism

https://www.365astronomy.com/Green-C...r-Dusters.html
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Re: New territory for me - E-M1 shutter stuck!

I certainly wouldn't use a bike pump owing to the various lubricants within.
Any other pump would have to have some type of filter to avoid blowing particles into the camera.
I would use a 'Rocket Blower', though, as that is made for the job. See if you can support the camera, upside down so that you can operate the shutter (if that's possible with the lens off, I'm sure there should be a setting somewhere) whilst blowing.
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