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I have received a NEX-5N without battery and shutter closed, so no cap is needed. How can i go about doing this again? I thought of removing the battery when the shutter closes, but it's too quick.

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    The shutter is usually not air-tight, neither is the cap but at least it has a better seal. – Itai Nov 28 '12 at 23:52
  • You received an NEX-5N without a cap and the shutter was closed? ... Was it faulty? – BBking Nov 29 '12 at 0:23
  • @BBking wasn't faulty, was all right. once i turned it on the shutter kept open. – ariel Dec 5 '12 at 19:54
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I have a NEX-5n and as far as I know there is no way to intentionally leave the shutter closed.

The way the camera works is that the shutter is always open for live-view, focusing, and metering. When you press the shutter 'release' the shutter closes, opens for the appropriate exposure time, and then closes again while the sensor is read out, and finally opens so you can view and take your next picture.

Shutters being the delicate things that they are (shutters need to accelerate very quickly and so are light and rigid, and can be easily damaged), it would be a very -bad- idea to use a closed shutter as a lens cap.

  • I bought on ebay and they sent it to me this way.. and without a cap :/ – ariel Dec 5 '12 at 19:55
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It is possible to get the shutter to stay closed when the camera is powered off. However, it's not a good idea because it is easy to damage, as BobT notes. After some practice, it's not difficult to stop the shutter at the right moment. I have done this with a Sony NEX-6.

  1. Remove the SD card.
  2. Enable fire shutter without lens.
  3. Unlatch the battery door and hold it closed with a finger.
  4. Fire the shutter a few times to get a sense of the timing.
  5. Almost as soon as you fire the shutter, let go of the battery door. The camera will freeze with the shutter in place when the door opens.

At this point, you can tap the shutter lightly with a cotton swab to see how delicate it is and why you shouldn't do this anymore.

closed shutter

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    Wouldn't intentionally touch the shutter with anything unless there is a reason to touch it. Certainly not with a material (cotton swab) that has a tendency to shed tough fibres!! – rackandboneman Aug 26 at 8:33
  • BTW, one likely successful way to force it would be using long exposure NR and pulling the battery during the dark frame phase. Won't try. – rackandboneman Aug 26 at 8:34
  • @rackandboneman Being able to do something doesn't mean you should. Long exposure NR doesn't work. Camera opens the shutter as soon as the battery door is opened. – xiota Aug 26 at 8:55

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