watch out for the wet

kevsmith Aug 30, 2016

  1. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

    We had a family mini break in Liverpool for a couple of days which gave me lots of opportunity to photograph ships for a change. I didn't fancy lugging the Eos 1D round so took my Eos 600D instead as it is a lot lighter.

    Beware. It was raining like mad as we wandered around the docks and to cap it all as we stood waiting to cross the road I got soaked as a van splashed through a deep puddle! I've never had any problem with Canon gear getting wet (I used to be a football photographer) but in this case the Canon died. The less expensive Canons are obviously not as bomb proof as the pro gear ones.

    Returning to the hotel room I started to dry everything out with the hair dryer as quickly as possible. eventually got it to power back up again but it kept losing the date/time setting and the pop up flash would not come up. it worked with the EF-S lenses I'd got with me but when I put an older EF lens on the front it died again which suggested that there was still some damp in it.

    Getting back home I did the trick we've used before to rescue the kid's wet mobile phones and put the camera, with the body cap on, in a Tupperware box surrounded completely by long grain rice (Uncooked!), stood it in the office window in the sun with the lid tight on and left it for a couple of days. The theory is that the rice draws all the moisture out of the camera internals.

    Success! went out on Sunday and blasted a load of test shots in all modes and it is working perfectly.

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  2. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

    Phew, Great News. (y)
  3. Hardcoaler

    Hardcoaler TrainBoard Member

    If I'm not carrying my gadget bag, I carry a small plastic grocery bag to stash my camera in. I don't know if my Nikon D5100 is rain resistant and I'd rather not put it to the test. :eek:
  4. fitz

    fitz TrainBoard Member

    Most of the "inexpensive" (less than $1500) Nikon and Canon DSLRs do not like wet. I'll have to remember your rice trick, Kev. Thanks for telling us about it.

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