Well thanks everyone. I shot one roll with the camera yesterday and two more today. I love the way it feels, the way it handles. I rode around this morning on my bicycle with the camera strapped and hanging from my back.
It felt great, no heavier than my Nikon F really. It's easy to focus and the viewfinder is big!
I'm going to send it for repair. I really appreciate the kind advice from everyone who has replied. It makes me feel better knowing I'm thinking rationally about the situation. I can't even get the shutter to hang up today. It's back to working fine again. I'm still going to send it in, but this has me thinking that a little bit of TLC will be all she needs to consistently fire properly.
Mwdake's reply is the one that concerns me. Mwdake, would you care to perhaps give a link to a forum tread (If you've posted one) about the specifics of your problem? The gentleman that I write back and fourth to states that they are capable of setting shutter speeds in house....and it would seem nuts otherwise. He assures me that whatever decision I make he will gladly accommodate. The customer service really seems 110% at this moment. I'd like to know about your situation. If you have the time to PM me I'd like to know what happened.
What I've noticed a lot now that I'm really searching and looking around is that everything I read about the GW690 says that Fuji abandoned the "B" shutter setting in exchange for "T" only when they created the GW series, yet this camera has the bulb setting and it works quite nicely...I did some shooting this morning before sun-up using my release cable. Does anyone know about the B setting on the GW690? Was it used for a while, then stopped early in production? It was a nice surprise for me. I've been wanting a Fuji 6X9 for a while now and the T-only setting didn't quite sit well with me. While this may not be a big deal to many people, I enjoy low light photography and I'm used to carrying my cable along with my tripod.
Rich815, I paid $460, shipped. I know it's on the high side at the moment, but I have to admit that knowing I could send it back within 3 months was very appealing, especially considering the age of the equipment. The body looks like it was owned by an amateur. There is a scrape near the tripod socket but it's otherwise very clean with a counter of 349, for what it's worth (nothing).
Thanks folks, I am going to take most everyone's advice and perhaps shoot the camera for a few more days to make sure that the speed is the only concern, then I'll send it off as long as everything else seems good. Does anyone else here have the B setting on their GW690 or know about this? I know that mine isn't the only one but still I can't find info online about it.
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