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WATER IMMERSION WITH MY BRAND NEW CANON EOS 7d

 
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May 11, 2012 01:47 |  #1

I stupidly was walking along some rocks and water in the ocean, when I stepped on something sharp and slippery, causing me to fall and my canon 7d got completely emerged into water.....but it was only literally for like 1 second

I immediately took out the battery all the coverings, took off the lens and attempted to dry it out.I checked it this morning and it east turning on....it was completely stupid on my part, but it vie dine it so many times before walking over water and been safe.

Its definitely getting me worried at its completely destroyed...:cry:

But am wondering if anyone has some suggestions or if i should just give it up, and seek into repairing it....

It s hard for me to figure out to dry it properly since i m travelling too.

Any suggestions would be great though!




  
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May 11, 2012 02:15 |  #2

"Rocks and water in the ocean"... so salt water.

Good luck. Even if you dry it out, it's the salt that's leftover, which is what causes the most damage that you need to worry about. Hopefully you have renter's/homeowner's insurance that might cover your gear.


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May 11, 2012 02:19 |  #3

Its hard to tell, i've seen cameras immersed underwater and you wouldn't believe what saltwater can do to its innards. Granted, this was a D3000 with absolutely no weather sealing, but its was a shock to see how much damage it took despite looking completely fine from the outside.


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May 11, 2012 02:24 |  #4

If you had an L series lens on it with a properly fitting filter on the front of the lens the body and lens were "weather sealed", not meant for full immersion but I've seen video with a guy rinsing his 7D with L series lens under the kitchen sink faucet.

All you can do is let it dry thoroughly for several days. Lay it in a bowl on uncooked rice with a paper towel over the rice, lay the camera and lens separately on the paper towel and seal the top of the bowl with plastic wrap. The uncooked rice may draw moisture out of the camera and lens.

You probably should not have taken the lens off for several days. The camera may have survived the short immersion but your real problem will be that it was sea water. Just have to see.

Canon will as a matter of course refuse to attempt repairs on any camera that has been subjected to immersion or has been wet if not a weather sealed body and lens combination. This is because they cannot guarantee such repairs.




  
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May 11, 2012 02:25 |  #5

I would take it in asap. Here is an old thread about a 1series that corroded from being under a wet cloth.

https://photography-on-the.net …/showthread.php​?t=1077957

Also, if you didn't take the internal battery out, you still had power going through the circuitry and that could have shorted something out as well.


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May 11, 2012 02:26 |  #6

I don't think there's anything you could do...once you get saltwater "Inside" the camera there's almost no way of recovering it.

Freshwater is easy, dry it out completely and you're good to go, with saltwater, it will corrode a lot of parts in your camera.


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May 11, 2012 02:29 |  #7

Sorry to say but it's 99.9999% a total loss. Repairing will almost certainly be not an option.



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May 11, 2012 03:03 |  #8

Agreed. There's nothing you can do except let it thoroughly dry and then use the camera until the corrosion eventually causes it to fail. It could take awhile as it hard to tell exactly how much salt water made it inside the camera.

Sorry to hear about this unfortunate story!

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May 11, 2012 03:05 |  #9

HyperYagami wrote in post #14414651 (external link)
Sorry to say but it's 99.9999% a total loss. Repairing will almost certainly be not an option.

This. Corrosion from salt water is imminent.

The best you can do is see if it's covered by your homeowners insurance. If you don't have insurance on your gear I would highly recommend it.


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May 11, 2012 03:09 as a reply to  @ HyperYagami's post |  #10

Salt water is a ****. Did you buy it with a credit card? I don't know if this still applies but years ago i bought an RC car. I didn't know how to control it well. Like a dumbazz I accidently drove it right under a Cadillac coming down the street. The CC company sent me a credit for a new one. its worth a shot if its not too old.

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May 11, 2012 03:13 |  #11

lost for lost... why not trying to put the camera into a bucket of distilled water for a day or two (removing all batteries), that should get rid of the salt ?




  
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May 11, 2012 11:12 |  #12

neodom34 wrote in post #14414728 (external link)
lost for lost... why not trying to put the camera into a bucket of distilled water for a day or two (removing all batteries), that should get rid of the salt ?

1) corrosion has already happened. 2) minerals dissolves into the water so you're submerging it in a bucket of not-so-distill water essentially.



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May 11, 2012 11:54 |  #13

Submerging a camera in a bucket of water is not going to fix anything. It isn't even a good way to waste time. Save your distilled water for something else.....




  
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May 11, 2012 11:59 |  #14

Salt water = total loss. The camera would have to have been full disassembled and rinsed within minutes of contact with salt water.

Insurance claim time, if your homeowners will cover it. Canon won't even examine a camera with water damage.


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May 11, 2012 12:06 |  #15

Bruce Foreman wrote in post #14414640 (external link)
All you can do is let it dry thoroughly for several days. Lay it in a bowl on uncooked rice with a paper towel over the rice, lay the camera and lens separately on the paper towel and seal the top of the bowl with plastic wrap. The uncooked rice may draw moisture out of the camera and lens.

You do not want to use rice. Rice has dust. Putting your camera in a pile of dust is asking for trouble.

Go out and buy some silica based kitty litter and put the camera in that instead. It is much safer.


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