Camera got dunked
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jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
Total Posts: 1921
Country: United States

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



Greg Norrell
Registered: Mar 03, 2012
Total Posts: 31
Country: United States

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.



GoGo
Registered: Apr 18, 2006
Total Posts: 733
Country: United States

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.



jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
Total Posts: 1921
Country: United States

How long would you wait before firing it up?



GoGo
Registered: Apr 18, 2006
Total Posts: 733
Country: United States

At least 2/3 days!
Good luck!



BenV
Registered: Jan 01, 2008
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cross posting is generally frowned upon



jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
Total Posts: 1921
Country: United States

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.



jcbradshaw
Registered: Nov 19, 2004
Total Posts: 1921
Country: United States

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.