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Aug 06, 2013 11:22 |  #1

I'm nearing the end of my 5.5 week trip to the Dominican Republic. I have about a week left. I've been heavily photographing the insects and small animals that I find here. It's not uncommon for me to spend 40 hours a week photographing them.

Just earlier today had a huge scare when water was spilled on my camera (350D) and it wouldn't turn on. Water got all inside the battery compartment, the battery grip, the memory card compartment and who knows where else. Keeping calm, I disassembled the camera as far as I could without tools and dried it out the best I could. Thankfully, it turned back on! I'm gonna let it air out for a few hours before I use it again though.

Wheph. (wipes sweat from brow!)


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Aug 06, 2013 17:01 |  #2

Whew!! Good to hear it turned on without needing 2 days in a bag of rice! ;)


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Aug 06, 2013 17:11 |  #3

Glad it still works!


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Aug 06, 2013 17:15 as a reply to  @ tagnal's post |  #4

The Gods have smiled upon you.


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Aug 06, 2013 17:24 |  #5

Stay alert! my digital rebel XT got mildew (fungus) in on/in the sensor between the UV filter layer and the sensor face. It can be cleaned and shows as pattern on light portions of images.

Luckily, I have a 7D and only use my rebel in situations where I don't want to risk my 7D.


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Aug 06, 2013 18:58 |  #6

It seems like the grip died. The camera works fine if I put a single battery in it, but if I try to power it with the grip, no go. Maybe a trace shorted out in the grip saving the camera?


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Aug 07, 2013 04:46 |  #7

Insecto wrote in post #16186758 (external link)
It seems like the grip died. The camera works fine if I put a single battery in it, but if I try to power it with the grip, no go. Maybe a trace shorted out in the grip saving the camera?

the grip may have saved the camera, you're lucky it still works. salt water is scary




  
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Aug 07, 2013 04:56 |  #8

watt100 wrote in post #16187700 (external link)
the grip may have saved the camera, you're lucky it still works. salt water is scary

But how often is salt water "spilled"?

Without more information from the OP, it was most probably not salt water.

Water normally does not lead enough current to burn any circuits. But while the electronics is still wet, it can lead enough currents that the circuits misbehaves and fails internal self-tests or just gives the wrong results. This often fixes itself when leaving the item alone for long enough time to try out (without any battery connected).

But the long-term issue is that the water is seldom perfectly clean. So the water can either transport dirt to places we don't want it transported - like leaving residues on optical surfaces that can't be reached and cleaned. Water + salt particles will also (together with electricity) start corrosion, which is a big reason why Canon don't want to repair water-damaged equipment - they can't repair the unit and be able to give any warranty that the repaired unit will not fail again because of damages to other parts of the electronics.

In the end, it really is vital to avoid getting water into sensitive optical or electronic devices. It is so easy to have the device fail three months later and not realize that it is a result of the earlier water damage.


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Aug 07, 2013 08:07 |  #9

Yea, it was fresh water. If it had been salt water I knew that I would of had no hope. When I get home I'm going to disassemble the grip. I have a hankerin' that a small trace got burned out inside of it. It should be an easy fix. :)

I happen to have a soldering iron with me, but alas, no tiny screw driver. If I can find one while down here, I'll give it a shot!


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Aug 07, 2013 09:07 |  #10

I just gave my daughter my old XT/350D, and she didn't like the grip. If you're interested, let me know. It's a genuine Canon, bought from Adorama.


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Aug 07, 2013 23:59 |  #11

Ha, that sounds perfect. PM sent. ;)


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Sep 20, 2013 13:54 as a reply to  @ Insecto's post |  #12

Having this issue with both my 6D and 5D3, the latter of which I thought was a sealed camera. A downpour hit here at a race track and I couldn't find cover fast enough. Both cameras are now throwing errors. Removed grips, batteries, and lenses in hopes all dries out and returns to normal working conditions.


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Sep 20, 2013 18:21 |  #13

VisualUniverse wrote in post #16312199 (external link)
Having this issue with both my 6D and 5D3, the latter of which I thought was a sealed camera. A downpour hit here at a race track and I couldn't find cover fast enough. Both cameras are now throwing errors. Removed grips, batteries, and lenses in hopes all dries out and returns to normal working conditions.

Too bad about your camera. But only later versions of 1D series cameras could be seen as reasonably sealed (when used with a suitable sealed lens). And even they aren't really water tight. Especially if taken in relation to a divers watch that should get the seals replaced at the same time as the batteries are replaced because seals wear and also ages.

Alas, there are too much assumptions about water resistant and water protected. It just means the cameras are handling rain a bit better than if they were not water resistant.

But one thing to remember is that some of the seals in use might be able to handle rain as long as the button/wheel isn't used. But the seal isn't designed to be able to keep water out when the button/wheel is used so the the two surfaces are moving in relation to each other.

And the really big issue with cameras is that a specific water resistant/sealed camera may be slightly better than another camera. And it may also be able to survive a number of showers without this guaranteeing it will survive yet one more time. But too many people use this as information telling others how good the sealing is, so we see posts like: "I have been out in the rain for a number of times with no issues". That's like saying: "I have been biking without my hands on the bar for a number of times without issues." It really doesn't prove anything about the cameras. And too many users will suffer badly from assuming too much about the cameras. All because a cheap plastic bag wasn't carried in a pocket or the camera bag.


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Sep 20, 2013 23:23 as a reply to  @ pwm2's post |  #14

I left the race track, went to a grocery store, bought a big bag of rice and a box of 1 gallon storage bags. Pulled out 2 bags, put rice and a DSLR body in each. Let them sit for 7 hours. Pulled the 5D3 out tonight and wa-la, it works. 6D next, and did the happy dance as it worked as well.

Was seriously panicking...so much so, I went online and found a large camera store in this city with 2 used 1Ds Mk II bodies in their inventory. Not ideal, but was going to buy one to cover if both of my cameras were still throwing errors.


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Sep 21, 2013 00:10 |  #15

BrickR wrote in post #16186522 (external link)
Whew!! Good to hear it turned on without needing 2 days in a bag of rice! ;)

It wouldn't hurt to still put it in a bag of rice for a day or two.

It sounds like the humidity levels are high so theres a good chance moisture is still inside.


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