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 change.org, 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.

Fujifilm GFX100S

Fujinon GF80mmF1.7

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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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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.

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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.

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