I seem to have a real karma thing with Fujifilm's X100 series. Last year I bought an X100s which at the time I thought was the bees knees and the camera I was really needing to have. Fuelled by gas and endless great reviews of the camera I was like a demon, hellbent on having one. Well, I bought one expecting to be totally blown away and wasn't. It didn't actually last long and I came away from it feeling quite deflated about the whole X100 thing. A bit over-hyped, it's only when you start digging around do you really see the wood for the trees and start to read the actual disadvantages of a camera.
So, for over 12 months the X100 ghost has lay dormant, but again this year I've had that itch come back. Even though my beloved X-Pro1 and the technically glorious X-T1 have served me well, I still want a 'daily driver'. Something to throw around, wear every day, take with me with no decisions about lenses, filters etc. and the X100 series fits that bill completely. A fixed lens, 35mm equivalent glorified point and shoot if you like.
Having had a look around I made my mind up rather than the S, which had disappointed first time round, I'd take a punt on the original X100, the camera that started the Fuji revolution. OK, so it's supposedly slower than the S and the latest T model. It's smaller in resolution and the features aren't as great, but you can pick them up for a good price second hand now, and as it is meant as a daily driver, would be a good option.
I found one I thought would be a good option. Local to me, a private sale, and an original X100. Great, at last... I've read great reports about the original, so in I've dived with both feet.
Initial findings were good, although first time shooting I was a little confused as some of the images were over exposed. I wondered if this was user error as the auto ISO settings are less than helpful at times when compared to later X series models.
Anyway, I've done a bit of research and watched this video which appears to show the same sticky aperture blade symptoms as my own X100.
Gutted, isn't the word....I can't believe I've dropped on one with the dreaded SAB issue. And just to put the boot in speaking with Fuji in the UK the cost of repair is around £155 or so. (Fuji UK have actually offered this at £95 as a "goodwill" gesture if it proves to be the SAB issue).
OK, I get the cost of repair, although as a known manufacturing issue (albeit this issue was never recognised by Fujifilm in Japan as a known fault according to Fuji in the UK), it's a tough call to repair when the cost is almost a third of what a camera is worth in the second hand market.
So it seems once again, the karma of the X100 comes back to haunt me. Maybe I'm just being told something isn't meant to be, regardless.