Originally Posted by funkydog
IMO return the camera unless you got it for very good price. Or live with the problem.
Even if you could get one of the Fuji service centers in HK,Taiwan,Singapore, or Japan to look at your camera, the repair cost would likely be prohibitive.
My personal experience sending a dslr and a digicam for out of warranty service with Fuji is not encouraging. Parts had to be ordered from the mothership and the "techs" only know how to do board swaps. As to the cost, they're indirectly telling you to go away. For the digicam that I did pay to have repaired, the camera never did work right again.
I agree with you on Fujifilm's servicing. I wasnt pleased with the one time they worked on a digital camera of mine.
This GA645 is in such great shape, aside from the issue at hand, that I am loathe to give it up. P mode works fine and even Av mode works, I just have to spin the dial more than usual to find the right aperture.
There's a guy in the US who works on these cameras all the time. From folks I have talked to, the problem I am seeing now is both common and easily fixed.
So if I go back to the shop I bought this from, the guy is going to say, let me fix it and then he will open up the camera and see what he can do. Not sure I can trust a shop owner with this. He would try whatever it took to make it work so he would not have to give me my money back. China has virtually no consumer protection laws so I am taking all the risk here.
Sort of a tough call, but I am not letting it get me down.