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p.1 #1 · Camera got dunked


A student dropped her Canon 30D in a river today. I told her to:

1. Remove the battery
2. Shake out / wipe out as much water as she can
3. Fill the cavities with desiccant containers from vitamins, etc, and with rice
4. Wait several days before trying to fire it up.

Anybody have any other thoughts on getting the best chance to save her camera?

Thanks,
Jeff



Oct 10, 2012 at 01:29 AM
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p.1 #2 · Camera got dunked


Hope for great karma or perhaps pray. Sounds like you've recommended everything else. I had a speedlight fall in a river earlier this summer. Took the battery out, shook out water, and put a fan on it for a day. It was fine.


Oct 10, 2012 at 01:58 AM
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p.1 #3 · Camera got dunked


Keep the Camera rotating while it dries, it needs to turn and rotate in all directions once every few hours.

Be advised that there might still be on board power present so some damage is bound to occur, sorry.



Oct 10, 2012 at 07:36 PM
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p.1 #4 · Camera got dunked


How long would you wait before firing it up?


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p.1 #5 · Camera got dunked


At least 2/3 days!
Good luck!



Oct 10, 2012 at 08:18 PM
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p.1 #6 · Camera got dunked


cross posting is generally frowned upon


Oct 10, 2012 at 09:06 PM
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p.1 #7 · Camera got dunked


Yea. Posted on this one, then thought the other would be better. Was going to delete this one, but got distracted and then there were posts. I don't make it a habit.


Oct 10, 2012 at 09:25 PM
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p.1 #8 · Camera got dunked


The rest of the story:

She could not get it to come back to life, so I had her bring it to me. I opened it up (removed the entire back panel) and, even after days of drying, there were drops of water easily visible. I did some more aggressive drying and now it is working.

I told her not to trust it, so she will be looking for a replacement here on FM. But it will provide a backup and second body, at least for now.

Thanks to all who contributed to the success.



Oct 19, 2012 at 06:52 PM





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