I took the most expensive photo of my life yesterday. I was doing some long exposure shots of a fresh water stream and had my 5d3, 24-105L, a 10 stop filter and remote as my equipment. I set up everything on the tripod, but one of the tripod legs was sitting on a mossy rock, so I watched closely for the first few exposures to make sure it didn't slip. About 4 shots in, I bent down to tighten my boot laces and I heard a crash. When I looked up, everything fell over and my camera was partially submerged in the stream. I jumped in immediately and grabbed the camera out of the water and began drying everything.
I trusted that the weather sealed lens, weather sealed body and filter on the end of the lens would give me hope. Not the case. "Err 80" emerged on the top screen and believing maybe the lens or SD card had been knocked loose, I began checking everything to make sure it was all in place.
At this point some of you may be screaming "Take out the !@#%$ battery!"
I was convinced that this water exposure would have minimal effect on a camera of this caliber. I was wrong. Eventually the error disappeared and nothing came on the screen. I went back to drying everything again and used the heat from the car to help out. After half an hour of drying off every piece I could reach, I slid the batter back in and nothing...The camera is currently sitting in a ziplock filled with silica gel packets and "Damp Rid" (its not touching the damp rid, I know that can damage metal) and I plan on putting it in a small room with a powerful dehumidifier overnight.
1) I know it's a stretch and the battery was in the camera immediately following the event, but do any of you think that the dehumidification process listed above could resurrect my lifeless camera?
2) Canon instructed me to send it out (which I will), but can Canon really fix such a thing, or are they most likely going to tell me to enjoy my new paperweight?
3) If they do make such repairs, what's the typical ballpark price range?