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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    \$\begingroup\$ The shutter is usually not air-tight, neither is the cap but at least it has a better seal. \$\endgroup\$
    – Itai
    Nov 28, 2012 at 23:52
  • \$\begingroup\$ You received an NEX-5N without a cap and the shutter was closed? ... Was it faulty? \$\endgroup\$
    – BBking
    Nov 29, 2012 at 0:23
  • \$\begingroup\$ @BBking wasn't faulty, was all right. once i turned it on the shutter kept open. \$\endgroup\$
    – ariel
    Dec 5, 2012 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.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I bought on ebay and they sent it to me this way.. and without a cap :/ \$\endgroup\$
    – ariel
    Dec 5, 2012 at 19:55

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