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wave, meet camera, camera, meet wave. (Camera Rec's)
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Nov 12, 2010, 11:40 AM
 
So I went on a `summer' vacation on Madeira with two friends of mine and I took my camera with me (a Nikon D80 with grip, flash and lenses). We went on a nice cruise around the island on a catamaran, everything was great. Except that the only big wave splashed not just my camera, but also my best friend's camera. Now we have two dead camera bodies (my lens is fine). Nikon service officially declared time of death yesterday (they said, they wouldn't repair it, because moisture (especially salt water) effs up the electronics).

The camera works, but it is not very reliable: I can't use the flash and I'm pretty sure it will get more and more unreliable. Ironically enough, the camera started acting funny before it got in contact with water.

Now I'm not quite sure what to do: I don't have enough money for a new decent dslr body (I don't want to deal with a toy, the D7000 would be right up my alley, but I won't be able to afford it until I start my postdoc in Japan next fall). So I'm left with a few options:
- Get an analog slr. Analog bodies are very cheap these days. Although only two of my lenses (50 mm f/1.8 and 80-200 f/2.8) would work, they cover the basics.
- Use my Sigma DP1.
- Try to get a very cheap used dslr (think D70).

Do you guys have any advice?
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Nov 12, 2010, 07:05 PM
 
D90.
     
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Nov 12, 2010, 07:07 PM
 
Take it to pieces, scrub to death with a toothbrush and rubbing alcohol. Re-assemble, test.
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Nov 17, 2010, 04:54 PM
 
Good point, seanc. I'll get it back after my trip to Paris. (Traveling without a 7 kg camera bag sure feels like traveling light ) Regarding the D90, I can't afford one right now.
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Nov 19, 2010, 01:13 AM
 
Get used, there are many people who buys dslr cameras
but find it hard to use or too heavy. You can find many used
cameras that is still in good condition.
Also, next time you get a camera wet, take out the batteries
immediately.It's electricity and moisture that does the most
damage. Put the camera in a box full of car dehumidifiers,
or charcoal to get the moisture out. As for salt that's whole
other world of hurt and there's not much you can do since that
would rust the components inside.
     
   
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