I went down to the Fed Ex Shipping Station today to pick up my Fuji X-T1 camera, back from repair. The package was shipped “requires signature”, and the fastest way to get it once I missed signing for it was to go get it.
I got it back home and opened it up and tested the sensor – very good. Really, really clear. They replaced the glass in front or the sensor, major work. Outstanding.
I took it out to shoot at sunset. Someone had messed with the menus on the camera, probably while repairing it. I wasn’t getting the information panel on the back LCD of the camera, and then the Electronic View Finder (EVF) should be lighting up when I brought the camera up to my eye. I could get the LCD to work, or the EVF – but the eye sensor that should switch automatically was not turned on or something, probably a setting. I set it on EVF only and shot a few pictures. Once I got back, I worked through getting the eye sensor to work – and nothing. It’s completely broken. So… The camera goes back to Fuji. Tomorrow. That’s four weeks of repair time. I purchased it in March 2015. Five months old and 20% of that time in repair service.
I found a kit deal on Fuji X-Pro 1 cameras. The kit has the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera, and two lenses. I have both of the lenses already. I realized, though, that if I bought a couple of these kits and then sold the lenses I could acquire two Fuji X-Pro 1 cameras for about $310 each. Maybe $350 with eBay fees… Of course, I’d have to check the sensors and then figure out what to do about the cameras if they weren’t acceptable. But this is a camera that two years ago I bought for $1700 and then returned and even at that price I regretted it. It is an exceptional camera, I think actually the best I’ve ever used.
I did order the kits, I did check the sensors. Neither X-Pro 1 was in acceptable condition when they arrived. Both cameras had dirt specks that could not be removed on the sensor (yes, despite using different lenses to test, the spots remained). I decided to have them fixed under warranty – after all, the X-T1 sensor came back clean from a similar issue. And out of 6 Fuji X-Pro 1 cameras I’ve looked at, only one had a clean sensor. The Fuji X-Pro 1 has the same eye sensor as the X-T1… But you’d hope that knowing they disabled one sensor would put the service techs on alert and the next few repairs would have the eye sensor verified before it was sent back, right?
It’s worth it. I don’t know if I’ll keep the X-T1, I haven’t yet had the chance to use it enough. But I know that I want to work with the Fuji X-Pro 1. That camera plus the Fuji 35mm lens hit a sweet spot for me, a place where the camera does exactly the right things to stay out of the way and the lens just makes it magical.
Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f1.4 lens:
Tomorrow AM three cameras at once go to service.