Rice and Prayers for my Camera


I have it in a bag of rice and prayers. I took a walk in the rain around Kaohsiung, Taiwan today, with the XF 90mm f/2 WR. There’s a couple used camera stores here I wanted to check out and I figured I’d do some shooting on the way.

I buy all WR (weather resistant) gear because I love having the option to shoot in the rain. But this time, right as I reached my destination, the shutter mechanism started to jam up and got the dreaded “Turn Camera Off and On Again!” message.

I looked in and the curtain shutter was failing to retract fully, and there was traces of water on the top of the shutter. Dried it with a cloth, tried shooting, and found more beadlets of water. Shit.

My guess is that water got in from behind the LCD as it looks like there’s some gaps leading inside – I know many cameras are WR from above but not necessarily from other angles. And I did do a LOT of chimping over the LCD as I was getting some great shots…Damn, I’m worried now.

That sucks – I previously considered Fuji’s WR up there with Panasonic, Olympus, and Pentax..Might have to revise my assessment.

On the plus side, the camera shop I went to has a used 16-55mm f/2.8 XF WR for $580 USD. Just might snatch that up; that’s $200 cheaper than anything I’d find back in the States…After I ensure my camera isn’t busted.

In the meantime, have a look at some of the pictures I took today. I was in a monochrome mood (Acros + Ye Filter) today. The sky was overcast grey and the part of Kaohsiung I’m in is mostly white/grey buildings and black streets. So I put on my monochrome eyes and started snapping.

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7 comments

  1. That sux! I thought the xt2 was wr

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