In my last few posts i mentions several times that I’ve bought a old Fujifilm X-Pro1 for not that much money. Being quite impressed by this old camera and really liking the style of shooting it (rangefinder like) i looked around on eBay if i can find a broken X-Pro1 but in good condition to do a case-swap and hopefully have a mint looking X-Pro1.
As luck would have it, i found a broken X-Pro1 for around 85 Euros. This is not cheap (if you’re lucky you’ll find them for ~50 Euros), but the one i found looked pretty much new. No scratches or anything, just a broken shutter curtain (it stuck to the closed position).
After receiving the camera my initial thought was to take that thing apart and try to fix it myself. How hard could it be to disassemble a camera and fix a few things, right?
Before diving head deep into trouble, i googled (actually i prefer DuckDuckGo, try it!) a bit to see if this is a known issue that can easily be fixed. I found a YouTube video where someone had the exact same issue and it all came down to a loose screw inside the shutter mechanism that kept the shutter from opening again. Other people said that it is a electronic defect.
I wasn’t sure what to do, so i called the Fujifilm Service in Germany, just to see if it can be repaired and how much that would cost. To my surprise, it was actually not that expensive. The (really friendly) lady on the hotline told me, that this isn’t a well known issue (and even if, she wouldn’t have told me that, i guess) but that it should cost around 110 Euros to repair the broken shutter curtain mechanism.
All i had to do was to create a service request in the Fujifilm Service Center and send in my broken X-Pro1. I got a tracking code via Mail to track the status of my repair. After a few days i got a mail with a quote for how much it would exactly cost to repair the broken shutter. It was 110 Euros, as the lady on the hotline told me. So all good. I confirmed the repair and after another few days (maybe it was all in all 14 days), i got my X-Pro1 back with a fully functioning shutter.
A few thing i learned from this:
- I can’t remember the last time i send something in for repair. Technology is moving so fast, often times it’s cheaper to just throw broken stuff away and buy the shiny new thing. But sending in the X-Pro1 got me a nearly new looking Fujifilm X-Pro1 with a brand new shutter for about 195 Euros. Most X-Pro1s in that condition would be around 300-380 euros on eBay (in Germany).
- Could i have repaired it myself? If it really came down to a loose screw inside the shutter mechanism, probably. If not, I’m not sure if Fujifilm had repaired the camera (since it would have been clearly opened before). Since i went through with the repair by the Fujifilm Service they gave me another 12 month warranty. On a ~7 year old camera. That’s just amazing!
- Buying old stuff can bring you a lot of joy. I bought old lenses in the past and this is my first “older” camera that i bought. But getting a really good (but little slow) camera for such less money, that still produces those amazing Fujifilm images is just great. If someone wants to get started with Fujifilm gear, or is just looking for a second “fun” camera, this is a great solution.
- If you found this article while looking on how to fix your broken Fujifilm X-Pro1, this might be a solution for you. Keep in mind that the repair cost can vary hugely depending on where you’re located. I found forum posts from people saying that it would cost them around $600 to repair the exact same issue. Try to figure out the repair costs, before purchasing a broken camera.
As a bonus i attach a few images of the camera, so you can see for yourself how great it still looks: