I would say Fuji's marketing and customer service in general is pretty damn appalling. I've never even heard of a Klasse W until I opened this thread. Now that I've looked it up I think it seems like a neat little camera (though rather crazy in price). I had no idea this thing ever even existed!!
Originally Posted by RattyMouse
Don't even get me started on the poor way they marketed the GF670/Bessa III. It is an amazing tool (I own one) but tracking it down and finding solid information on the internet about it was insane.
First of all, it is indeed very old news. Already discussed here on apug last summer.
Well blaming them is quite unfair, because
Originally Posted by ajuk
- e.g. the Klasse W and S cameras were introduced in 2006. At a time when lots of other camera manufacturers already had stopped the production of film cameras
- when they introduced these models they clearly said its a limited series of 8000 cameras, offered in the Japanese market. Now this 8000 batch is sold, that's it.
Kudos to Fuji that they had offered these very fine cameras in the time of the digital tsunami. Any other film manufacturer who introduced such cameras in 2006? No.
If you really want to blame someone, blame the apuggers and members of other film forums.
Because everytime if someone ask whether he should buy a brand new film based camera, then immediately dozens of forum members join in and say "don't buy a new camera, that would be idiotic, you can get it used so much cheaper....and so on".
The same people are then complaining when manufacturers stop production.
Without demand, they of course cannot keep production running.
How much new cameras have you bought recently?
Please don't blame me, I've bought three brand new ones. I've done my part to keep production of film based cameras running.
It's sad to hear. Good news there is plenty of good used cameras left.
Thank you so much for posting that! The only used photographic equipment I've ever purchased consists of a few unique items that were no longer available new. In all other cases, I bought brand new things, waiting, if necessary until sufficient discretionary funds were available.
Originally Posted by Henning Serger
Well, no one replied to my earlier question above so I think we have our answer. NO one here owns one of these three cameras? I know they were mostly for the Japanese market but we have people who live in Japan as members. I have a Klasse-S but bought it used. Lament all you want but unless we buy actively these cameras just what do we expect?
Originally Posted by rich815
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I used to have a Klasse S, and had a GF670 for a very short time. The GF670 is *outstanding*, but I had to send it back for a fault and ended up with something else in the end. The Klasse is a lovely compact camera, but my tastes have changed to more classic cameras, i.e. no motor winds, autofocus etc. But really, I'd be delighted to own either one again.
Originally Posted by rich815
That's good. None of those are the discontinued ones posted by the OP: Natura Classica, Klasse W, and Clear Shot M.
Originally Posted by thegman