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GH2 stuck mechanical shutter
  • Hi all, its been a while I have posted anything. After close to good 6 years my GH2 has its first major issue. The shutter got stuck in closed position taking a photo.

    I got the "Please turn camera off and then on again" message. Doing so did not solve the issue. When i do this I hear a slight sound and can see the shutter trying to move slightly but remains like in the first photo.

    In the second photo - I tried to manually open it and I saw that another part is stuck behind the outer blades.

    My questions: is there a way to find out if its a hardware or software failure. Is it something that can be fixed DIY style or is the camera a paper clip? Does anybody has a official Panasonic Repair Guide/pdf by chance?

    I have looked around for a replacement shutter unit (in case it is a hardware failure) and its not exactly easy finding one (comparing to canons and nikons or even gf2/3 which are abundant and cheap etc). Any suggestions and help will be greatly appreciated!

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  • @luxis

    You still need to fully disassembly it and look closely.

    As for otherwise - videos do not need shutter at all (if it is open).

  • @Vitaliy_Kiselev Thanks for your response Vitaliy! I will carefully open it and see if anything mechanical. maybe its just the motor that's damaged.

    I found only this link where I can see the disassembly of it and also the shutter unit can be seen(even if only one side). Easy to open not so easy to close :|

    https://www.lifepixel.com/tutorials/infrared-diy-tutorials/panasonic-lumix-gh2-ir

    The only place to look for spares that has more variety is aliexpress, but gh2 parts are not easy to come along even there(old camera I guess). Do you have any other suggestions?

  • Do you have any other suggestions?

    Get spare Samsung NX300 kit for photo and use it for video. Will be cheaper than fix it with new shutter.

  • I'll see when I open it if I can keep the shutter in open position. Just video is better then nothing. As it is now the camera gives the message to off/on the camera. No other selection is available. Manually moving the blades into open position doesn't work, they come back.

    Is there a way to reset or enter some kind of repair/reset/service mode by combination of pressed keys on start up? just in case...before I open it.

    I have a gf2 as a spare/emergency photo camera but without viewfinder is difficult to use it with manual lenses.

    If no success will look for a used gh2 I guess at this point ( I just personally prefer to not create more tech waste especially if its a small issue of otherwise maybe working equipment)

  • This guy replaced his shutter:

  • @alcomposer Thanks for this video. Nice find! He was lucky to have just a small piece of plastic stuck. actually it looks like there is a hole where the hot shoe is, or is it just me ? Will arm myself with patience and try to open mine. Its not going to fix itself I guess ;) at least is rather modular and if steps are followed should be fine.