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Trick to avoid dust during lens changes on Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras



This video demonstrates a method to close the shutter curtains on Nikon Z cameras during lens changes to avoid dust accumulation while the mount is open, the same as the Canon EOS R camera does automatically.

Steps:
1) Turn the camera off.
2) Remove the XQD card. This isn’t essential but a precaution to make sure the camera doesn’t attempt to access the card when the battery is pulled in step 4.
3) Turn the camera on and wait a few seconds.
4) Remove the battery. This will trigger the camera to close the shutter curtains.
5) Perform your lens change. Be very careful to not touch the shutter curtains – they’re very close to the mount on Z cameras and extremely delicate.
6) Reinsert your XQD card and battery and turn the camera on. You’ll immediately see an error message asking you to press the shutter button. This is because the camera does not expect to find the shutter curtains closed at power-up – for orderly shutdowns the Z cameras always leave the shutter curtains open. Simply press the shutter button once to reopen the curtains.

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36 comments
  1. What an utterly useless video, you're telling people how to do something which has been known to cause errors and eventually break a camera you utter moron.

  2. Do you know you can delete a video from YouTube? If you read the comments, you may realize that you will cause more harm than good with your video. Why don't you remove it? Initially, l thought it was a good tip. Thanks god l read the comments and put my brain to work. You're getting views for the wrong reason. My 2 cents.

  3. There are electronic lockouts that happen when the camera is switched off that protect your data (on the memory card that is being constantly accessed by the camera while in operation) and your circuitry . These are important. You bypass all of them when you take the battery out while it's on. Do not do this.

  4. [caution sarcasm alert ]Gee, that's convenient for the simple task of changing a lens, especially when switching lenses on the fly. And second really smart to be fucking with electronics by interrupting power supply — why do you think you're getting error messages — or putting 'fragile' components (eg shutter) in harm's way. Horrible tip for a problem which isn't much of a problem at all in the first place (dust on the sensor). #fail

  5. My Z6 is having an issue it stays on MF and I am using a z lens which has auto focus and I need to switch off and on the camera several times before it goes to AF. Was working all this time seen this issue after firmware 2.20 update. Wonder something went wrong with the mount.

  6. The problem is dust and debris is what causes shutter's to fail in the first place, which is why DSLR shutter's often go way beyond their estimated life. However if you use a rocket blower often to clean the dust out of the mirror assembly box, then you will extend the life. This is why I believe Nikon and Sony thinks it's a better idea to have the dust land on the sensor and not the shutter blades. I guess we'll see within the next couple years if the Canon EOS R camera's shutter under performs compared to Nikon or Sony!

  7. This is really bad advice, there's a reason why every mirrorless camera except Canon and Leica M have the default shutters opened. The sensor has to be open all the time in order to get the live view for the EVF and only close when you take a picture (only use power when you take a picture). If the default is close like in Canon EOS R, then every time you turn on the camera..the battery will be used unnecessarily just to keep the shutter open. You will also get shutter count every time you turn on and off the camera.
    And Leica M don't have EVF so no need to open the shutter to get live view.

  8. Seriously, what's up with photographers and dust on the sensor? You do realize, that once the shutter starts opening and closing any dust that was on it, will still land on the sensor right? Doesn't matter what you do, unless you are in a controlled laboratory environment you can't control where dust particle will land, at most you will delay when they land on the sensor. Then again, cleaning the sensor isn't even hard, I've had harder time cleaning my laptops and desktops than I had cleaning my DSLR sensor. I'm not saying for people to be dumb and changing lenses against the wind, but you know what they say "10% effort 90% results, 90% effort 10% results". When people get to the point where they want to do this, they are clearly on the 90% effort zone.

  9. Do not do that!!! every camera has an error count if you pass the max count the camera will block and won't relise the shutter, this is a way to send your camera to the service for a repair, and this is checked informetion passed by a persone who fixes cameras for over 15 years. If it was ment by nikon it would be an option without an error mesage like canon done, want to paye for repair i gues no

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