"pinging" sound when Fuji GW690III shutter actuated

Discussion in 'Medium Format Cameras and Accessories' started by ymc226, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. ymc226

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    Just received a GW690III on flea bay and the shutter speeds seem accurate. The counter reads 027 and the condition looks great cosmetically.

    This is partially what the seller stated in his ad:

    "I had this (GW690III) and the Leica camera I have listed now,
    checked out by a camera shop, and they
    used a roll of film checking this one out.
    The photos came out great and the camera is working perfectly."

    Now when I activate the shutter, I hear this pinging sound but no real vibration that I could detect. Can this be a normal variation? BTW, I have another GW690III and two GSW690IIIs and they don't have any pinging.

    If this is a problem, who fixes these out of production cameras? Fuji (are they in NJ) or Precision Camera Works in Chicago?
     
  2. papagene

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    Are you hearing the counter when firing the shutter. For rangefinders, these Fujis are not all that quiet. Mine make noise when firing them, but I can't say it's a pinging noise.
     
  3. rogein

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    My GW690II 'pings' too but I believe what you're hearing is the mechanism that activates the shot counter rather than the leaf shutter itself. Personally I don't find it as a sign of needing repair. The Fuji 670/690 mechanism is just a lot clunkier than other leaf shutter cameras.
     
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    I got one too.
    Weird sound, as it seems to "echo" inside that massive camera !
     
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    Relax. It's the normal sound of the counter advancing, as the others have stated.
     
  6. pgomena

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    Mine "pings" too. It's normal. It is a bit loud.

    Peter Gomena