GFX 50S Durability / Repair Cost

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OP icor1031 Regular Member • Posts: 367
Re: GFX 50S Durability / Repair Cost

Erik Kaffehr wrote:

icor1031 wrote:

I'm considering using a GFX 50S to shoot weddings, but only if it's cost effective. Should I expect that it would last twice as long as a 5D Mark IV? Or that repair costs would not be substantial?

Using ebay, the price of the GFX is roughly double.


You can't know. The Canon 5D has been around for a very long time. It is in it's fourth generation. So, Canon has probably been being fixing problems for four generations. They have a lot of experience.

Fujifilm has also made cameras for a long time. So, the GFX 50 is a new product, but also based on a lot of experience.

The GFX is a very simple design. That means less adjustments and fewer things to go wrong. But it is also new technology.

Just to say, if you take some care of your gear, you may not need any repair. I was shooting Minolta/Sony/Hasselblad/Phase One for fifty years. My repair history:

  • Used Minolta XD7, several repairs, mostly fixed by myself. Bad design.
  • Konica Minolta A2, non working macro switch, fixed on warranty.
  • Konica Minolta 17-35 zoom, bad sharpness across part of the image. Lens OK according to KM repair service. KM obviously having different tolerances than mine.
  • Minolta 80-200/2.8 APO AF, bayonet change. Bayonet coming loose. Like 150$US.

So, I spent like 150$US since 1970 and having very few failures. But your mileage may vary.
Also, there are bad designs around. All systems are not created equal.

Best regards


That's not bad, maybe I will aim to get a 50S.

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