I recently bought a Fuji GW690 (first model) from a Japanese seller on the bay. It arrived in much better condition than I had expected: near mint, actually. Unfortunately, I now know why this camera hasn't been used a lot: the rangefinder appears to be broken. The yellow rangefinder patch is stuck at infinity and the superimposed image will not move at all when focusing the lens.
First off: is there some kind of a magic trick that I'm not aware of? I have worked with rangefinders before, but maybe this one's special. Please tell me I'm doing something wrong!
Second: if it is actually broken, can this be repaired? I would think that an experienced repairman can fix a rangefinder, but then again, spare parts for this camera are rare.
I would hate to return the camera to Japan, it's such a beauty. Not to mention the shipping costs both ways amount to a substantial sum of money... The guy I bought this from (shiroshiba) was very helpful with everything and a really nice man in general, I don't think he was selling a broken camera on purpose. Still, I'm stuck with a beastly camera that is rendered useless because of a mechanical error that wasn't mentioned in the description when I bought it
Any help would be much appreciated.