Problem with new GW690, what would you do?
Hi everyone. I have a small problem and would like to hash it out with someone I know, but I honestly don't know personally know anyone who is into traditional photography...so perhaps I can explain my situation and rationale and someone can tell me if my head is straight.
I just bought a Fujica GW690 (I) from KEH via ebay. Obviously, the camera is already around 30 years old, but it's in immaculate condition and looks nearly brand new. It arrived very quickly but unfortunately the slower shutter speeds stick at around 1/15 and slower. Sometimes they work, sometimes they get hung up, it seems to be intermttent, so I really can't say that it was overlooked by KEH.
I contacted the seller and a manager quickly and politely responded, was very apologetic about the situation (so far dealing with KEH has been really pleasant with good communication). I am told that I have these options-
1. Send it back for full refund.
2. Keep it as is with a $50 refund, and have the work done elsewhere (voiding the warranty).
3. Send it back for a free repair under warranty.
My first thought was to just send it back and look for another, but then I thought about it some more.
I know nothing about the internals of the shutter timer, but perhaps it's simply a matter of a shutter CLA. In this case, a used camera with a fresh CLA is way better than one that's been sitting relatively unused for the past decade....as is most likely the case for many of these cameras still in great condition.
I am told that all shutter speeds will be checked if I send it for repair.
So...Is it best to just wash my hands and roll the dice with a different camera, with it's own potential for problems and without warranty, or to have it fixed and most likely end up with a good reliable machine for years to come? I just want to be sure I'm not missing something here.
Thanks so much for any insight. I really do appreciate it.
Last edited by jeddy-3; 09-22-2012 at 06:11 AM. Click to view previous post history.
Reason: original had too many unnecessary details.