Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

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photo perzon
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Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

Seems like best left alone, no?

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slimandy Forum Pro • Posts: 16,675
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

I checked mine with a torch and it's fine so I'm no longer worried.

If I was I would send it back to Fuji as I am assured their customer service is second to none.

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jimbofoxman Regular Member • Posts: 454
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

I'm not worried about it, but I will probably still send it in anyway since I still have my Canon stuff to shoot with in it's absence.  To me people aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about.  Quit shinning a fricken light in there!  Same thing with the 4 way control pad on the back.  I don't see anything wrong with it...but maybe it's because I have basketball fingers and not sausages for fingers.

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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

I am not the least bit worried.

  • The problem only exists for very long shutter times, which I don't use. The compartment access door is sealed so even in extremely bright light with normal shutter times the problem is negligible. 
  • If I did need very long shutter times, I would need a tripod. When the camera is on a tripod, and when the access door must be open I could drape a black cloth over the remote cord/compartment. Many experienced photographers who use very long shutter times cover their cameras with a black cloth anyway.
  • Fujifilm will fix the problem.

I will get my body fixed eventually, but I'm in no rush to do it.

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Ray Sachs
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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

jimbofoxman wrote:

I'm not worried about it, but I will probably still send it in anyway since I still have my Canon stuff to shoot with in it's absence. To me people aren't happy unless they have something to bitch about. Quit shinning a fricken light in there! Same thing with the 4 way control pad on the back. I don't see anything wrong with it...but maybe it's because I have basketball fingers and not sausages for fingers.

Shine the damn light in there. At least you'll know if you have the issue. If you don't all is good. If you do, you have to decide whether to send it in or not. If you don't do long exposures with a remote, you'd probably never have the door open in a situation where it would come into play so you might decide not to. OTOH, if you have the problem, you're probably better off sending it in for the repair so that if you try to sell the camera later, you can honestly say it doesn't have the problem. In addition to which, some folks who send it in seem to find that the feel of the four way controller has improved when they get it back - that's a bigger deal to some than others, but again not a bad thing to have had done when it comes to selling the camera down the road. OTOH, if you plan to keep it forever, no need to worry.

I shone the light in there. I didn't have a problem. But I'm glad I checked. Now I'll never give it another thought...

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darngooddesign Senior Member • Posts: 5,135
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

photo perzon wrote:

Seems like best left alone, no?

Fuji is doing a good job of fixing the issue, why would you leave it alone?

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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

wchutt wrote:

I am not the least bit worried.

  • The problem only exists for very long shutter times, which I don't use. The compartment access door is sealed so even in extremely bright light with normal shutter times the problem is negligible.
  • If I did need very long shutter times, I would need a tripod. When the camera is on a tripod, and when the access door must be open I could drape a black cloth over the remote cord/compartment. Many experienced photographers who use very long shutter times cover their cameras with a black cloth anyway.
  • Fujifilm will fix the problem.

I will get my body fixed eventually, but I'm in no rush to do it.

You do not need long shutter times or bright lights to see if you have the light leak, with mine you left the lens cap on , opened the side door and in normal daylight inside my office without any lights turned on, the purple intrusion was quarter way across the screen - If you have got it -you have got it. Mine has just been returned by Fuji UK, full return time 8 days which I thought was excellent plus they sent the packaging and paid for the postage, I couldn't ask for more.

I know these are retro cameras but I didn't think this extended as far as using the black cloth draped over your head, Fuji should supply one in the kit!! Where's their telephone number again!

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CrazyCanuk Regular Member • Posts: 295
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?
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wooly1 wrote:

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I know these are retro cameras but I didn't think this extended as far as using the black cloth draped over your head, Fuji should supply one in the kit!! Where's their telephone number again!

What do you think the lens cloth pouches are for ?  

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cyip0 Regular Member • Posts: 219
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

I haven't bothered checking mine. My X-T1's serial number is in the range. I will eventually send it in but I'm not in a rush as I'm still enjoying the camera.

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Birddogman
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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

My TX1 - SN: 27XX has the issue, big time.  I'm not "worried" about it because I don't (or at least have not yet) done the sorts of photography with the camera where the light leak becomes a problem.  Nor, am I especially concerned about the effect of the problem on resale value, because it is very rare I sell camera equipment.

However, I did buy and pay for a product without manufacturing defects and that's not what I got (an honest error for sure, but still a significant defect).  Also, I buy through Amazon because they stand behind what they sell. I've bought tons of stuff through Amazon (when you live in the sticks, mail order is how one shops), but have never returned or exchanged anything before.  Nonetheless, the ability to do that if there is a problem is part of what I pay for with Amazon.

Therefore, I have commenced the exchange process with Amazon.  I am hoping to get the new body (hopefully not in the affected serial number range) before I must send in my existing TX1 body in late April.  That way I won't be without the use of the camera (I hope).

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baobob
baobob Veteran Member • Posts: 7,226
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

Mine had a very important leak which was viisible in my living room with the door open to operate the RR 9 USB distant shutte rrelease

See my post http://www.dpreview.com/forums/post/53383637 It's so easy to have it fixed  that this should not prevent to have it done

Whe you want in 2 years to sell the cam, potential buyers could argue about it

If you think either your's has a minute leak and or you willnever open the door you might want just to ignore the fix.

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baobob
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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

4 days here to fix it !

I have excatly your position : I pais to have a camera fully functional and i douse the camera with the shutter release hiding it behind the window and shooting brsts at birds eating in the garden plus other training such tilt and shift nature morte

So I was quite motivated

Once again Fuji was excellent to cope with the issue.

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Hopefully it works out for you
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Sounds like it would have been easier to have Fuji send you a box to ship the XT1 in and knowing for sure your camera won't have the defect when it returns. Instead of having Amazon go through the trouble of sending you another one and crossing your fingers that it doesn't have a light leak issue.

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baobob
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This is why I just Fuji's  I just followed Fuji's process for the fixprepaid parcel and an overal 4 working days duration quite acceptable IMHO !

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SaltLakeGuy
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Not really worried

but figure if I'm going to own a camera that meets all it's specifications correctly it should have the shield in place. If not for me a future owner, as is most often the case, when a X-T2 comes out or equivalent, I'll sell this one for top dollar (as my gear is always kept like new, and yeah I USE it not ABUSE it) so it makes sense to have it fully up to date firmware and hardware wise. I just sent mine off yesterday by the way for the fix.

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Digital Shutterbug Senior Member • Posts: 2,229
Re: Hopefully it works out for you

rjx wrote:

Sounds like it would have been easier to have Fuji send you a box to ship the XT1 in and knowing for sure your camera won't have the defect when it returns. Instead of having Amazon go through the trouble of sending you another one and crossing your fingers that it doesn't have a light leak issue.

It's unlikely to be a problem. Amazon replaced mine a couple of weeks ago. Not because of the light leak, which it had, but due to a problem with shutter speed. They had to delay the shipment for 24 hours while waiting on new stock to arrive. The new one they shipped me was well beyond the serial number range Fuji said was defective. And, it is light leak free. Anything Amazon gets at this point will be fine.

I'll toot Amazon's horn. Their service was outstanding. They shipped the new camera before they received the defective camera. In fact, I could have kept the defective camera until receiving the replacement unit. They reimbursed me for the return shipping cost. I had paid for overnight shipping on the original order. They sent the replacement camera to me overnight as well. I received several emails from their customer service representative that handled my case. She was in touch at every point. I could not have been happier.

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WT Jones Senior Member • Posts: 2,495
Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

Mine has the leak & I am not the least bit worried about it, but since Fuji is taking high road & not dragging out the process or making excuses. (like some other companies, both photographic & not).  I am going to send it in for repair.

I spoke with them today & they put me in the system to get fixed. They said they will be sending me an email in a few days & a FedEx label to send it in. I assume they are spacing things out so they can get the repairs done in a timely manner & not have a backlog. I did not ask him why or how. He simply said they were fixing them.

All of this is fine with me, I have other cameras. I might add the representative was polite, professional, was truly interested in making sure my camera got repaired and that I was happy.

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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

Leaving the lens cap on is nonsense. No rational person would do that.

The black cloth solution is a temporary fix. Using extremely long shutter times requires techniques (besides light-leak protection) that are irrelevant otherwise.

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Red G8R
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Re: Are you worried about light leak in your X-T1?

I haven't checked and I don't care. But I will send it in for service before the two year warranty is up.

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photo perzon
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I'm worried about the USA technicians

80 seals, electronics all over, 2000 parts, and a tecnician making $ 20 an hour in the USA in there?

They could do more harm than good in a complicated camera

Seems to me the only place to truly get in and out there is Japan.

For me it is to ignore it or to replace it.

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