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Jammed shutter release on Fujifilm X10

Discussion in 'General Equipment Chat & Advice' started by SqueamishOssifrage, Jun 16, 2021.

  1. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    My ancient Fujifilm X10 is still my go-to camera for having a camera with me on non-photo activities, but at the moment the shutter release button is jamming down each time I take a shot. It is very short travel, and i can get it back up using a knife blade, but would like to know if any one else has been faced with this problem, and if there is a quick fix.

    The only thing I have thought of so far - but not tried - is to hold it upside down and inject a tiny bit of WD40 into the socket. It is probably not worth sending it away to get fixed, as I can probably get a another one for less than a couple of hundred quid, but I would like to fix it if I can.

    Any ideas from the hive mind of the AP forum?
  2. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a broken or weak spring. I wouldn't use WD40 on a camera. If it is dirt making it stick then contact cleaner (isopropyl alcohol) which will completely evaporate might help but if the spring is broken - tough.
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  3. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Good idea - I have lots of contact cleaner in the Hi-Fi cupboard for obvious reasons. It certainly looks like a reasonable first attempt.
  4. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    If you turn the camera upside-down after it has stuck, does it pop back out? If it does, chances are that the spring had snapped. You may be able to attempt a rep[air yourself or find an independent repairer who can fix it, if it isn't free then something in the mechanism has almost certainly come away. Have you tried contacting Fujifilm UK to see if they can give you an idea on time/price for a fix?
  5. Zou

    Zou Well-Known Member

    Or Fujifilm Cyprus? ;)
  6. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Errr... There's a wooden kiosk on the Larnaca seafront with a Fujifilm sign on it - is that the place you mean? :)
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  7. IvorETower

    IvorETower Little Buttercup

    It appears that a company called PMS Imaging is the Fujifilm "agent" in Cyprus; worth contacting them about repairs??
  8. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    Yeah - I know them. They have no on-site repair facility, so it's a stick it in the post job, and hope for the best, which is something I could do myself. I shall have another look at it later today and deliberate on tis fate.
  9. ChrisNewman

    ChrisNewman Well-Known Member

    Best of luck getting your X10 fixed. I bought one as the best viewfinder zoom compact available at the time, but was always frustrated that the viewfinder didn’t show me where the focus point was. The X20 had a very clunky fix; the point was only shown when you stopped moving it. When they announced the X30 with an EVF, I realized there would never be a better OVF compact, and I should consider a replacement. I now have the Panasonic LX100, with no regrets about my choice, but I do miss the positive manual zoom of the X10. The zoom on the LX100 is so vague I use the primitive zoom lever rather than the ring available around the lens. I assume a fly-by-wire zoom was necessary to get the much larger image circle needed by the LX100’s sensor into a smaller package than the X30, but fly-by-wire zooms seem to be standard now for interchangeable mirrorless lenses, so I guess it’s just poor implementation that makes zooming my LX100 so frustrating.

  10. PentaxManiac

    PentaxManiac Well-Known Member

    I might be a bit too late if you've already sent the camera off for repair but......
    I've just had a look at my X10 and confirmed what I thought: the shutter button is threaded for a traditional cable release. Which to my admittedly non-technical mind suggests it has a very traditional shutter mechanism, not needing specialist Fuji, or even digital, camera repair skills?
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  11. SqueamishOssifrage

    SqueamishOssifrage Well-Known Member

    My thanks, gentlemen!

    Between you you gave the the information to fix it. I was aware of the cable release thread, but didn't grasp the significance that it meant a very conventional shutter button. I couldn't find my cable release so I just stuck a small blunt nail down the hole and on the whole :rolleyes: it worked just fine. Every time I pushed the nail, it nailed it. ;) However, the outer button was still jammed. A few modest squirts of contact cleaner didn't work, so I debated with myself what size hammer I should hit it with. Then the voices in my head pointed out that since a) Fujifilm was a very reputable company, b) they probably had thoughtful designers and c) there was this bloody great hole on the top of the camera that could let grunge into the innards, they probably had it sealed from the actual innards. Emboldened by this conversation, I held the camera upside down, inserted the thin contact cleaner tube into the shutter release hole, where it was a comfortable fit, and gave a bloody great squirt. As hoped, by injecting into the centre, it forced the liquid out through the edges of the shutter button proper. Bingo - all is well. Clearly, some significant gunge had got into the very fine gap between the button and the surround that was overcoming the power of the return spring.

    Again, thanks, gentlemen, I am once again a happy bunny ossifrage.

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