Rebecca Ore Posted June 27, 2022 Share Posted June 27, 2022 I try to use cameras periodically to keep the internal batteries charged, but the battery in one camera was down to 36% when I turned it on yesterday. This a7 I bought used and it came showing this, with the shutter half locked or locked closed, but some Googling and some fiddling got the shutter functioning again. The a7 I bought new and my a6000 have been fine. At this point, I can get single shots off by switching the camera off and pulling the battery and pushing the shutter button for 30 seconds, then reseating the battery and turning the camera back on. Sometimes, this takes two tries. Using the movie mode seems unaffected. I've done a reset and several automatic sensor cleanings. I'm going to leave the camera on until the current battery is at 50% to see if the internal battery not having charge is playing any part (doesn't seem likely that it is). I do have the other a7 (bought so I would have another full frame Sony if something happened to one of them). Google seems to be saying that at this point, the camera that locks the shutter down after takes one or two shots needs to go to a repair shop. Or I try buying a shutter assembly from Alibaba and try opening the camera and fixing it myself (saw the YouTube video yesterday). Or explain to Luis, my helper how to get single shots off for now, how to do movie mode (except he doesn't have a computer, but I have DaVinci Resolve on this computer and could give him an account on it), and give it to him with the understanding that if the camera completely fails, I get the lens back. Or I keep it for possible parts for the other a7. Seems like there were more than usual shutter and In Body Stablization problems with some of the later Sony cameras. I've been suspicious of IBS in cameras and had planned to, if I ever could afford it, to replace my a6000 with a a6400 which has better autofocus but no IBS. Still have the a6000 with the very good Sony/Zeiss 24mm lens and the other a7 (bought new with the Sony/Zeiss 55mm, Batis 18mm, and two adapted lenses (105 Nikkor f2.5 which is quite nice and a Yashinon 50mm f/1.7 which is also very sharp and my "out in dodgy places" lens for either APSC or full frame). The Sony 35mm f 2.8 would go with the dodgy a7 if I give it to Luis. Given the realities of our business, I don't plan to buy a second full frame camera (also the realities of medical and dental expenses for me and the cat and dog). The shutter assembly is something like $150 plus shipping from China. Couple of Jinotega people do work on phones and might be willing to tackle a camera with the help of YouTube. One kid who used to be in town bought used point and shoot digital cameras that were broken, bought parts, fixed them, and sold them, but I don't know where he is now. Any other non-invasive suggestions? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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