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Fujifilm GFX100S Stuck Shutter Issue – A Flawed Design? Nope, it’s a Limited and Easy to Fix Wiring Issue

In a perfect world, everything we buy would come out of the factory in perfect conditions.

But there is a reason why everything we buy comes with a warranty: no matter how premium you go, not all items come out perfect from the factory. Not even Fujifilm gear.

In these days, I am getting a lot of emails from readers worried about the shutter jam reports that popped up especially in our gigantic Fujifilm GFX group.

I have read lots of misleading theories about this issue. Some say it needs a “major repair“, some say it’s a flawed design, others go so far to say that the shutter unit on the Fujifilm GFX100S is just of poor quality and it will end up breaking like the one on some Sony cameras.

So let’s be clear: it does not need a “major” repair, nor it’s an issue that can be compared to the Sony shutter problems.

The shutter on some Sony cameras, which is rated for 200,000 actuations, is apparently made with poor material, as there are so many reports about it breaking after 10,000 to 50,000 shots already. For this reason Sony has been sued and is now facing a class action by numerous angry customers. People ask for a recall on, which Sony happily ignores.

The issue on the Fujifilm GFX100S is totally different and way less serious.

The shutter itself on the Fujifilm GFX100S is rocksolid, nothing is flawed there and it has absolutely no problems. It does not need any repair at all.

The real problem, as explained here at our GFX facebook group by an Ukrainian Fujifilm manager as well as an official Fujifilm X photographer, is a wiring/circuits issue that affects a limited number of Fujifilm GFX100S cameras. It’s a minor issue and hence a very easy and fast fix.

So, if the shutter on your Fujifilm GFX100S ever locks-up, then yes, you’ll have to go through the annoying process of sending it in for repair, but you’ll also know that your shutter is just fine, and an easy and quick fix on the wiring will solve it forever.

The issue seems to be rather limited for now and it is creating more noise in forums than in real life.

I mean, I had an issue with the joystick on my X-E3. I used the warranty and the joystick on my X-E3 now never let me down since then. Yes, I had to live a few days without my X-E3, but that was about it. It just can happen.

Again: it should not happen, but sadly it can happen. Just know that it’s an easy fix and not a flawed design or poor shutter materials like some suggest.

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Fujifilm GFX100S: I Came, I Saw, I Conquered!

What you see above is my son checking the settings of the GFX100S and wondering why the heck it’s set on SEPIA.

What you see above is my X-T4 next to the GFX100S.

What you see above is even my beer next to the GFX100S.

But what you see above, is not my Fujifilm GFX100S.

Nope, it’s the GFX100S of a very close friend*, who sold his Nikon Z gear as soon as the GFX100S was announced.

Now, we haven’t met for 5 months due to the pandemic and therefore 99% of our time we just spent it in his garden to drink a few beers (in safe distance) and talk about stuff like me and also him becoming fathers in the meantime.

But of course I also took a little bit of time to play around with his Fujifilm GFX100S (while waiting for mine).

Not much time, but enough time to understand why people go crazy about it!

As the Romans would have said: Veni, Vidi, Vici…. or I came, I saw, I conquered!

And in fact, the Fujifilm GFX100S conquered overnight the top spot as most owned Fujifilm GFX camera on among the FujiRumors community and is so far an outstanding success for Fujifilm.

The magnitude of the success goes beyond the most optimistic estimates inside the Fujifilm HQ in Tokyo. And, trust me, this is not rhetoric. Once (if) I get green light from sources, I’ll let you know more on what is happening.

So how do we celebrate Fujifilm’s biggest GFX hit ever?

Well, those who own it, celebrate by taking tons of amazing images and also sharing them in our Fujifilm GFX facebook group.

As for those, who are waiting to get their camera shipped, may this roundup help you to pass some time and looking forward to get your GFX100S even more :).

*NOTE: I was finally able to meet him after 5 months of isolation and lockdown. We met in his garden, with social distance, no hugs and kisses. Infection numbers are so low right now, that we are allowed to meet close friends and family if we do it carefully, and so I did. It was the first time he saw my son and I saw his daughter. Also consider that me and also him are both vaccinated, because we are both teachers.

Fujifilm GFX100S
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
MHG-GFX S hand grip: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / WexUK / Parkc.UK / AmazonUK / PCHstore

Fujinon GF80mmF1.7
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / Focuscamera / Moment
EU: AmazonDE / CalumetDE / WexUK / Parkc.UK / AmazonUK / PCHstore

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Fujifilm GFX100S Roundup

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Engadget 2021 Camera Buying Guide: Fujifilm X-T4, X-T3, Fujifilm GFX100S and Fujifilm X-T200 Get Promoted

Engadget has published its 2021 camera buying guide. Here are their top picks:

Under $750

  1. Sony A6100
  2. Fujifilm X-T200
  3. Canon EOS M200

Under $1,500

  1. Fujifilm X-T3: good detail, pleasing skin tons, great handling, great video. No IBIS and only tilt display
  2. Nikon Z5
  3. Panasonic GH5
  4. Canon EOS RP
  5. Olympus OMD EM5 III
  6. Sony A6600

Under $2,500

  1. Canon EOS R6
  2. Panasonic S5
  3. Fujifilm X-T4: costs considerably less than the other options. Best APS-C camera you can buy. IBIS and flip out screen. Fast shooting speed. Class leading 4K features. Autofocus not on par with Sony and Canon
  4. Nikon Z6II
  5. Sony A7C
  6. Sony A7III

The Sky is the Limit

  1. Sony A1
  2. Canon EOS R5
  3. Sony A7sIII and Sony A7rIV
  4. Panasonic S1H
  5. Fujifilm GFX100S: top pick if image quality is paramount

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Camranger Adds Fujifilm GFX100S Support

Camranger has added support for Fujifilm GFX100S with firmware 9 on the Camranger 2. You can read more details here.

Camranger products are sold at BHphoto here, AmazonUS here and Adorama here.

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Fujifilm GFX100S RRS Modular Plates Pre-Orders

The RRS Modular plates for Fujifilm GFX100S are now available for pre-order at reallyrightstuff here.

Also, check out the Smallrig L Bracket for Fujifilm GFX100S.

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Fujifilm Wins 29 Red Dot Awards including GFX100S, X-E4, XF50mmF1.0 and More

29 products, the largest number ever, received the world-famous “Red Dot Design Award”

Ultra-short throw projector “FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z8000” won the highest award “Best of the Best Award”

Products in various business fields are highly evaluated for their designs that realize not only beautiful appearance but also excellent functions and performance

Fujifilm Co., Ltd. (President: Kenji Sukeno) is a “Red Dot Design Award: Product Design 2021” sponsored by the “Nordline Westfalen Design Center” based in Essen, Germany. We are pleased to announce that 29 products such as the instant camera instax “Cheki” series and the digital cameras “X series” and “GFX series” have won the “Red Dot Design Award 2021”. Among them, the ultra-short throw projector “FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z8000” won the “Best of the Best Award”, which is the highest award of the same award.

This time, 29 products, which is the largest number ever for our company, have been awarded, and this is highly evaluated for the design that maximizes not only the beautiful appearance but also the excellent functions and performance.

The “Red Dot Design Award” is an international design award established in 1955. It is judged based on criteria such as design innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecology, and durability, and is awarded to excellent products. This award is one of the three major design awards in the world, along with the “iF design award” in Germany and the “IDEA” in the United States. This year, about 7,800 entries were submitted from all over the world and were judged by internationally active design experts.

We pursue functions and performance in the development of all products and services, and are working on design development that maximizes the excellent functions and performance. Going forward, we will continue to aim to create new value for our products by realizing designs that are not limited to the beauty of the exterior design, but are thoroughly focused on easy and comfortable operability and portability.

Red Dot Design Award 2021″ winning products (24 products excluding 5 unpublished products)

  1. Ultra-short throw projector “FUJIFILM PROJECTOR Z8000”
  2. Instant camera “Cheki” “instax mini 7+”
  3. Instant camera “Cheki” “instax mini 11”
  4. Instant camera “Cheki” “instax SQUARE SQ1”
  5. Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM GFX 100S”
  6. Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-T4”
  7. Mirrorless digital camera “FUJIFILM X-E4”
  8. Mirrorless digital camera “Fujifilm X-S10
  9. Mirrorless digital camera “Fujifilm X100V”
  10. Fujinon lens XF50mmF1.0 R WR
  11. Fujinon lens XF10-24mmF4 R OIS WR
  12. Fujinon lens GF30mmF3.5 R WR
  13. Fujinon lens GF100-200mmF5.6 R LM OIS WR
  14. Broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON UA 107 x 8.4 BESM AF
  15. Broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON UA 24 x 7.8 BERD S6 B
  16. Broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON HP 66 x 15.2-ESM
  17. Broadcast zoom lens “FUJINON HP 12 x 7.6 ERD-S9
  18. Zoom lens for cinema camera “FUJINON Premista 19-45mm T2.9
  19. Binoculars “FUJINON HYPER-CLARITY HC 8 × 42/10 × 42”
  20. Endoscope function expansion unit “EX-1”
  21. Clinical chemistry analyzer “DRI-CHEM NX600”
  22. Mouthpiece “B1” with splash reduction function for endoscopes
  23. Inkjet solution “UVIQUE”
  24. Magnetic tape storage media “FUJIFILM LTO Ultrium8 data cartridge”

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Rocket Start: Fujifilm GFX100S Beats Them All and Success Beyond Fuji’s Dreams – NEW SURVEY INCLUDED

Here is the thing:

I keep getting feedback from FR-readers all over the world, about when their local stores will be able to ship the Fujifilm GFX100S. And they all tell me the same: best pre-orders for any GFX camera. Waiting time is long.

I have one on pre-order, too, and I can confirm this also from my local store.

And although waiting is the hardest part, I also know I have tons of X series gear to photograph the wedding of my friend in July (if COVID allows) and to take epic shots of my local mountains, the Dolomites in South Tyrol.

So, I am well equipped and I can wait for the GFX100S, as my X series gear is and will always remain the best balanced system of all systems out there.

So why GFX for me?

Well, because going full frame makes no sense for my needs.

It’s really a negligible difference compared to X-Trans APS-C (and I highlight “X-Trans!”). What I miss from current FF systems is certainly not image quality, but some features like animal AF for example, a feature Fujifilm was offering as first company ever with the Fujifilm F80EXR 12 MP Digital Camera. So Fuji, just take out those old algorithms and make them fit for Fujifilm X and GFX.

If I am looking for a camera that offers me a sensible jump in image quality for my landscape photography, then I better explore the world beyond full frame, with a sensor that is 70% fuller than full frame and camera that is smaller than the full frame Panasonic S1 series and cheaper than the Sony A1.

So, for me, it just makes sense to add the GFX system to my camera bag.

And it seems that many thought this way, as the Fujifilm GFX100S is, according to our latest survey, the most owned Fujifilm GFX camera among the FujiRumors community already

Yep, you heard it right: in just a few weeks the Fujifilm GFX100S surpassed all other Fujifilm GFX cameras in terms of sales here on FR.

This is something Fujifilm wasn’t even dreaming of. Now their Nr.1 challenge will be to ship that good thing.

And since we have so many new Fujifilm GFX100S owners, I was curious to know, which system you are coming from.

Of course, those who pre-ordered the GFX100S qualify as GFX100S owners and hence can vote the survey. You can tick more than 1 box if that applies to you.

Which camear system did you own before buying GFX100S (survey for GFX100S owners only)

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