Fujifilm Vows to Fix X-T1 Light Leak Issue

March 14, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Compact System Camera | Comment | |

Fuji Japan has issued a service notice to Fujifilm X-T1 users regarding a recently discovered light leak issue. According to the company, the phenomenon occurs when the door covering the USB/HDMI and microphone/remote ports is opened during long exposures or video recording, and affects units with serial numbers from 41002001 to 41006000. Fujifilm Japan is asking users to send their cameras to a Fujifilm repair centre, where they will be fixed free of charge.

Source: Fuji Japan via PR

Fujifilm Press Release

Flare effect on the X-T1

The Fujifilm X-T1 has received excellent reviews from a wide range of users since launch. The excellent build, retro design, intuitive controls and outstanding image quality combine to form a package which has delighted professional and enthusiast photographers across the world.

We have received feedback from a number of customers of a potential “flare effect” with the camera.

When the connector cover (which is used for the microphone / remote release jack, HDMI mini jack, and micro USB connector jack) is open while images are being shot by the user, and when a strong light source is concurrently shone into the open port at a certain angle, light can be reflected within the camera and appear on the LCD and even on recorded images via the sensor.

This “flare effect” cannot generally occur if the connector door is closed at the time the camera is being used, so many users will never experience this phenomenon.

Moreover, the “flare effect” is only applicable with a limited number of early produced X-T1 cameras. More recently produced X-T1 cameras have already been modified.

What to do if you think you have this issue

If your Fujifilm X-T1 has a serial number lower than 41M07801 you may be affected by this issue and we would advise contacting the Fujifilm UK camera service centre on 0844 553 2322 to make arrangements to have your camera sent in for evaluation. Our technical team will inspect your camera and make any necessary adjustments in order to prevent the ingress of light in the described conditions. This service will be carried out free of charge.

We apologise to any of our loyal customers that may be affected by this inconvenience. Now that we have discovered this issue, we want to act quickly and proactively to check your camera, and to make repairs to prevent the potential “flare effect” if and as necessary.

Please rest assured of Fujifilm’s absolute commitment to quality and service excellence.

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