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    I bin in Glencoe Scotland for a few days doing a masterclass with a guy called Ian Cameron. Very good weather and light but my E 3 'locked up' on me a couple of times.
    I was shooting bracket exposures, no IS, shutter delay, and more than once the camera just seized up. No response at all. Even turning camera on and off didn't work straight away. Fully charged battery. No mention in the manual of this that I can see.
    Anyone got an idea as to what happened? It will probably have to go back to Oly for a service.
    sigpicDave

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    I've had that happen with both an E-1 and an E-3.

    Was having problems getting a properly working E-3 in December-January, the dealer arranged a swap and I don't think I've had it happen to me with the E-3 since.

    From other comments over the years it seems to be "one of those thigs" with Olympus DSLRs - don't think anyone ever pinned down precisely what sets it off.

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    • #3
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      Originally posted by sapper View Post
      I bin in Glencoe Scotland for a few days doing a masterclass with a guy called Ian Cameron. Very good weather and light but my E 3 'locked up' on me a couple of times.
      I was shooting bracket exposures, no IS, shutter delay, and more than once the camera just seized up. No response at all. Even turning camera on and off didn't work straight away. Fully charged battery. No mention in the manual of this that I can see.
      Anyone got an idea as to what happened? It will probably have to go back to Oly for a service.
      Dave

      Before responding fully - Do you mean you had mirror lock up?

      Peter
      Best Regards

      PeterD

      www.imageinuk.com/

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      • #4
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        I have had a lockups early on, but it was my fault for not noticing what was going on. The camera was set such that some of the bracket exposure times went into the 'seconds', and thereby the Noise Reduction function kicks in and the time taken for the exposures becomes twice as long while a dark frame is processed. So a five second exposure became a ten second exposure, and ten seconds can seem like a lifetime when you are not expecting it. During this time I was trying to press buttons, switch on and off etc, but the camera failed to respond, and I assume it got very confused. I wonder if not being able to switch it off was because the camera needs to record the last used settings, which were probably queueing up by then.

        Other people have reported that a build up of heat can cause lockups especially when using Live View, but this has never happened to me, I think...

        Steve

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        • #5
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          Originally posted by PeterD View Post
          Dave

          Before responding fully - Do you mean you had mirror lock up?

          Peter
          Menu calls it "Anti shock".
          sigpicDave

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          • #6
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            Originally posted by sapper View Post
            Menu calls it "Anti shock".
            Dave,

            The anti shock function is not what I meant. I have never used it. I really do mean that the mirror moves up and refuses to drop again. Hence my query of mirror lock-up.

            Peter
            Best Regards

            PeterD

            www.imageinuk.com/

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            • #7
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              No Peter, it wasn't the mirror locking up. Just when trying to change shutter speed or aperture, nothing happened. Screen was OK, but no 'movement' when trying to change things.
              sigpicDave

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              • #8
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                Thanks Dave,

                I have not seen those symptoms at all.

                Peter
                Best Regards

                PeterD

                www.imageinuk.com/

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                • #9
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                  Dave,

                  I have had a number of issues over time and always contacted Olympus Technical support. They have always been invaluable in giving advice. You may have done this already but I mention it just in case. They have always given good advice and they are in contact with users throughout the EU.

                  Peter
                  Best Regards

                  PeterD

                  www.imageinuk.com/

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                  • #10
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                    Did you have a 'grip' on the camera?

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                    • #11
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                      Hi Dave,

                      You say you were bracketing, were you using RAW? Maybe if you took a lot of shots in quick succession it was a buffering problem? Was the red light on the back of the camera flashing? Approximately how long was it before your camera became functional again?

                      Cheers,

                      John.
                      John

                      "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                      • #12
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                        Originally posted by Chillimonster View Post
                        Did you have a 'grip' on the camera?
                        No. Camera mounted on a tripod via 510 head.
                        sigpicDave

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                        • #13
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                          Originally posted by Zuiko View Post
                          Hi Dave,

                          You say you were bracketing, were you using RAW? Maybe if you took a lot of shots in quick succession it was a buffering problem? Was the red light on the back of the camera flashing? Approximately how long was it before your camera became functional again?

                          Cheers,

                          John.
                          It could have been this John. I was shooting RAW, don't remember seeing the buffering light though. I will try it out in the garden tomorrow, cheers.
                          sigpicDave

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                            Any pics from the course BTW?
                            John

                            "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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                            • #15
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                              Originally posted by sapper View Post
                              It could have been this John. I was shooting RAW, don't remember seeing the buffering light though. I will try it out in the garden tomorrow, cheers.
                              Just another thought, Dave. What memory card were you using? A "slow" card may extend the buffering times.

                              Cheers,
                              John

                              "A hundredth of a second here, a hundredth of a second there � even if you put them end to end, they still only add up to one, two, perhaps three seconds, snatched from eternity." ~ Robert Doisneau

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