Well, that didn't last long! My Fuji S2 broke 5 days after I received it. It was working flawlessly then nothing. I changed batteries, even though the others were relatively fresh. Nothing. I plugged it in. Nothing. The thing is dead. Kapput. Silent.
I've emailed B&H about it but they are out on holidays. Do you think I should be able to get a refund? They claim to have refunds within a week.
I had downloaded some files to my computer. It was plugged in at the time to save batteries. My computer suddenly complained that I had disconnected the camera, which I hadn't. I didn't pay any attention to the message, because I had completed the download. I thought that maybe the cable had come loose. Soon after, I took the camera with me to see some friends, proudly took it out to take some instant-gratification pictures and found that it didn't work. I changed batteries, but no change. No matter what I do no power is getting to any of the camera circuits. It is totally dead.
This completely convinces me that I will NEVER plug my D100 into a computer. The little flash card readers only cost about $30.00 USD and keep me from having to plug my camera into a computer to transfer my images. Plus, the card readers are several times faster in transfering images, in most cases. I hate that you have had this problem, but it probably would have never happened had you used a card reader instead of a direct computer connection. This is terrible!
These cameras cost too much to take a chance on static electricity discharges blowing out the circuitry. Of course, yours might have died for some other reason, but it is very suspicious that it did so just after a transfer. It could have been that a small spark resulted when you disconnected the camera from the computer. Even a tiny static electricity spark can contain several thousand volts of potential. Camera Brain vs. Static Electricity = no more pictures.
Let us know how the replacement process goes. I hope everything works out well.
The camera had been connected to the computer all along and both power supplies had been connected for a while. Possibly a surge in power, although I never noticed anything. The computer would be protected via the transformer. I had just deleted all the images on the Lexar chip using the Fuji Software.
Regarding the whole transfer process. I suppose static electricity can strike via any number of routes including the photographer holding it or touching it wrong. If the camera is that poorly insulated, then I don't really want it. I live in Colorado where it is dry and static electricity is a fact of life. You always get shocks when you walk around and touch something metal.
But I really don't think it was static. I think the more likely culprit is the AC power supply. However, the whole process makes you wonder about shooting a wedding and having the camera die on you. The camera eats batteries fairly quickly, so when transferring I like to use AC to conserve battery life. But maybe the right solution is to get a card reader as you suggest. I don't necessarily like the idea of popping cards in and out of the camera everytime I want to transfer something. Hell, the camera is supposed to work as I was using it.
The other possible factor was the fact that I was near the ocean. Maybe some of the moist salt air got into the circuitry. But that would be disturbing also.
Keep us informed on how fast the refund comes. We are curious about the service from B&H. I have always liked the company myself, so I am interested in knowing how long they take when a problem occurs.
They should receive the package on Thursday; so the clock will start then.
To answer Bryan's question: since I will be out of town for the next 2.5 weeks I have decided not to get another digital for now. Besides, no one seems to have any D100's or S2's in stock ... unless someone knows otherwise. I did discuss with B&H the possibility of a replacement but they are 2-4 weeks out of stock.
By the way, Darrell, the title of your forum should be "Nikon-based hybrid digital cameras." You need the hyphen when using the two words as a single adjective.
You going to be checking your emails while out of town? It appears that Bryan and I will meet you at the luggage pickup for Frontier on Friday. If we get tied up, you have my cell phone number, and I have yours so we should be able to locate each other in the airport.
Sorry. I just got back from the Nikonian-Moab trip. I have received a refund. I haven't seen the details yet. All I know is that my American Express card balance dropped a few thousand. I have yet to confirm that they did not charge me a restocking fee.
I don't know if anyone has seen it yet but Fuji has a press release regarding intermittent electronic malfunctions on the S2
FinePix S2 Pro Service Announcement: December 9, 2002
FINEPIX S2 PRO CUSTOMER SERVICE ADVISORY
Please be advised that certain FinePix S2 Pro cameras with specific serial numbers (click here to see serial numbers listed) may be subject to an intermittent electronic malfunction that could render the camera inoperable.
Symptoms: "Err" messages will appear on the top display panel and LCD monitor of the camera when the AA or lithium batteries are replaced, and the camera will not operate.
The chance for a camera to fail while in use is very remote. If, however, your FinePix S2 Pro camera body serial number is listed and you are experiencing the problem described, please return your camera for free evaluation and service, if needed.
If your camera serial number is not listed, there is no need to send your camera to Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. Inc.
You may send your camera (please send the body only; do not include lenses or accessories) postage prepaid directly to our Camera Repair Department at the address below. Please be sure to include your name, address, phone number and e-mail address. Also, please make sure that your camera is packaged securely and properly insured for shipment. Fuji Photo Film U.S.A. will expedite the return of your camera at no charge to you.
Fuji Photo Film, U.S.A., Inc. 1100 King George Post Road Edison, NJ 08837 Attn: Camera Repair - S2 Pro Phone: 1-800-659-3854, option #1 Hours: Monday thru Friday, 9am-8pm (EST) E-mail: email@example.com
It sounds like my original S2 may have had problems related to the Fuji announcement. But I would have been delighted with an "Err" message. My camera went totally dead. Never a flicker on any part of the camera was ever observed again.
I did call up Fuji and ask if they could provide me a replacement. They said they could not. Since the problem happened in less than one week after purchase, I simply sent it back to B&H for a full refund. Let them deal with it.
My new one is getting a great workout. I shoot hundreds of shots every weekend.
If you look at the Act and Portraits conference under shooting issues, I have posted digital photos on 2 threads: Digital baby photos and Young Girl Digital photos. Or something like that. Look for my name as originator.