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Was I naive or just stupid or both?

 
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Jan 27, 2014 15:52 |  #1

On Sunday I was photographing an event - got both my cameras (5D3- new in August & 7D) very muddy and the Iso button stuck down and I couldn't change Iso.

I mentioned this to the (I'm sure) official photog and he said to use WD40 and put camera upside-down.

Last year, I let cameras dry and used a toothbrush to remove dried mud & then a slightly damp cloth for rest - and all was fine, but I hadn't had a button stick in before.

So I let cameras dry over night and set to the next morning.

At first 5D3 seemed fine - could change Iso etc, so carried on cleaning 7D & 16-35 Mark 2.

Decided to check 5D3 again - and was shocked to find that less was working than before - and similarly with the 7D.

Rang my local camera repair shop & took them in - to be told that all 3 items were now scrap - and that WD40 makes plastic swell and should never be anywhere near cameras!

My question really is: did he deliberately say this as he saw me as competition for sales? If so, thats despicable.

I feel such an idiot .....and I have a weeks workshop in 7 days!


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Jan 27, 2014 15:56 |  #2

Oh Man. I cant imagine that someone gave you advice knowing that you would shell out your gear. It was reckless to suggest it, and you didnt do the smart thing, but I cant imagine that was his intent.




  
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Jan 27, 2014 15:57 |  #3

no matter the outcome.. if you see him in the future.. u gotta smile and say..

DUDE THANKS A BUNCH!!!! my stuff never worked this great before...

if he is trying to bone you over as competition... dont let him get the last laugh even if he did.. let him think it worked for you and me may even try it himself in the future....


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Jan 27, 2014 15:59 |  #4

So, are you saying you sprayed WD-40 on and/or in the buttons of THREE cameras without even Googling "WD-40 to clean camera" beforehand because someone told you to?? I would just be thankful he didn't suggest leaping in front of an oncoming train!


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Jan 27, 2014 16:00 |  #5

I'm confused. Who exactly told you to use WD40? Was it the guy at the repair shop?


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Jan 27, 2014 16:02 |  #6

Shane W wrote in post #16641985 (external link)
So, are you saying you sprayed WD-40 on and/or in the buttons of THREE cameras without even Googling "WD-40 to clean camera" beforehand because someone told you to?? I would just be thankful he didn't suggest leaping in front of an oncoming train!

actually (only) 2 cameras - I'm afraid I was somewhat too trusting as, to date, I have always found other photogs to be really helpful......


so i think "stupid & naive is about right"....sigh...


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Jan 27, 2014 16:02 |  #7

EOS-Mike wrote in post #16641987 (external link)
I'm confused. Who exactly told you to use WD40? Was it the guy at the repair shop?

Nope, this (official) photog - at the same event


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Jan 27, 2014 16:09 |  #8

http://en.wikipedia.or​g/wiki/WD-40 (external link)

hmm common sense tells me that oil degrades rubber so if someone had told me the same thing I would think they are either a retard or a genuine butthole


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Jan 27, 2014 16:19 |  #9

If only I could find a proper facepalm meme quickly


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Jan 27, 2014 16:27 as a reply to  @ BrickR's post |  #10

hania wrote in post #16641975 (external link)
I mentioned this to the (I'm sure) official photog and he said to use WD40 and put camera upside-down.

What s/he hopefully meant to say was isopropyl alcohol (with removal of main and backup button-battery) upside-down, and let it dry out completely. http://www.google.com …pyl+alcohol+can​on+shutter (external link)
http://www.google.com …-the.net&biw=1399&bih=7​52 (external link)
Isopropyl alcohol cleans, leaves almost no residue and evaporates quickly. That is a common DIY fix for a sticky main shutter button.

However if they truly meant to suggest WD-40, then that photographer is a bad person.

If you ever see that photog again ask them again about the WD-40 suggestion again. If they stand by that suggestion, and don't correct it with the right information (isopropyl), then ask for their name, business card, website or anything that we can ID them by to put them on blast. I don't care how gullible someone is, you don't try and sandbag someone like that just because they're perceived as the competition, or any other reason.

As far as your cameras go, at this point I would read through all the isopropyl alcohol cleaning suggestions from people who have done it (theres a bunch of threads on here about it) and give it a try. Since your cameras have already been deemed a total loss by the camera shop, I don't see how it could get any worse.

Sorry for your loss, but unfortunately there are still total jerks (deserving of much more harsh words) in this world.


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Jan 27, 2014 16:30 |  #11

hania wrote in post #16641975 (external link)
On Sunday I was photographing an event - got both my cameras (5D3- new in August & 7D) very muddy and the Iso button stuck down and I couldn't change Iso.

I mentioned this to the (I'm sure) official photog and he said to use WD40 and put camera upside-down.

Last year, I let cameras dry and used a toothbrush to remove dried mud & then a slightly damp cloth for rest - and all was fine, but I hadn't had a button stick in before.

So I let cameras dry over night and set to the next morning.

At first 5D3 seemed fine - could change Iso etc, so carried on cleaning 7D & 16-35 Mark 2.

Decided to check 5D3 again - and was shocked to find that less was working than before - and similarly with the 7D.

Rang my local camera repair shop & took them in - to be told that all 3 items were now scrap - and that WD40 makes plastic swell and should never be anywhere near cameras!

My question really is: did he deliberately say this as he saw me as competition for sales? If so, thats despicable.

I feel such an idiot .....and I have a weeks workshop in 7 days!

unfortunately I would vote for both




  
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Jan 27, 2014 16:50 |  #12

Next time use Marvel Mystery Oil it worked great on our old film cameras.




  
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Jan 27, 2014 17:01 |  #13

BrickR wrote in post #16642047 (external link)
If only I could find a proper facepalm meme quickly

yep...and sent it to me ASAP


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Jan 27, 2014 17:04 |  #14

koala yummies wrote in post #16642069 (external link)
What s/he hopefully meant to say was isopropyl alcohol (with removal of main and backup button-battery) upside-down, and let it dry out completely. http://www.google.com …pyl+alcohol+can​on+shutter (external link)
http://www.google.com …-the.net&biw=1399&bih=7​52 (external link)
Isopropyl alcohol cleans, leaves almost no residue and evaporates quickly. That is a common DIY fix for a sticky main shutter button.

However if they truly meant to suggest WD-40, then that photographer is a bad person.

If you ever see that photog again ask them again about the WD-40 suggestion again. If they stand by that suggestion, and don't correct it with the right information (isopropyl), then ask for their name, business card, website or anything that we can ID them by to put them on blast. I don't care how gullible someone is, you don't try and sandbag someone like that just because they're perceived as the competition, or any other reason.

As far as your cameras go, at this point I would read through all the isopropyl alcohol cleaning suggestions from people who have done it (theres a bunch of threads on here about it) and give it a try. Since your cameras have already been deemed a total loss by the camera shop, I don't see how it could get any worse.

Sorry for your loss, but unfortunately there are still total jerks (deserving of much more harsh words) in this world.

many thanks for that - was a male photographer actually - and I have found that some men (still) are a bit funny when they see a woman with decent cameras.....

I was naive and stupid....hopefully will be a bit more cynical now!

But I have really been cheered by my camera club friends who have offered their spare cameras for my workshop ....


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Jan 27, 2014 17:06 |  #15

Time to go on a boating trip and accidentally lose your cameras in the lake and then claim on the insurance, assuming you're insured that is.. If not you could always throw yourself over the side..


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