Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Alas, Poor XF1...

Alas, my little Fuji XF1 has succumbed to the overexposure problems they're known for. Apparently, at any focal length other than the widest, the aperture blades have a bad habit of getting stuck wide open.

It's a shame, because on paper, it's nearly the perfect camera nerd's pocket digicam: The lens collapses down so the whole thing's the size of a deck of cards, it's got a full-on PASM dial, shoots RAW, has a big (for a pocket cam) 2/3" sensor, and a 24-105mm equivalent f/1.8-4.9 lens.

The fatal flaw in the aperture mechanism (and Fuji's washing their hands of the whole mess) leaves it a Do Not Recommend from me.

I can't in good conscience try and sell it on, so I'm finna have to do the equivalent of tossing a C-note in the trash can. At least I got a few good pics out of it.

The most recent successor, the XQ2, has a lens that doesn't seem to suffer from the sticking aperture issue, but that's going to have to wait until I'm less poor.