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5D totally soaked...any suggestions..?
JohnPaul Greco, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukee | WI | USA | Posted: 5:14 PM on 05.31.07
->> I was shooting on assignment today, and got stuck in a down pour.. I was on a golf course, and I thought my 5D w/ 24-70 was under the caddy's roof, but the rain was coming down diagonally...and hit it full force for about 20 minutes!

It doesn't turn on..

Is there anything I could try to do before sending it in..?

It's in front of my studio fan right now..

:-(

JP
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Jeff Mills, Photographer, Photo Editor
Columbus | OH | USA | Posted: 5:54 PM on 05.31.07
->> Just let it dry out for a few days. Even if it seems dry after a few hours, WAIT, you want to make sure any moisture is gone before powering it up to prevent a possible short circuit.

If its just rain water you actually may be alright. If its corrosive salt water then the camera is toast, but plain old h2O often has no ill affect if you let it dry.

I'd wait a few days, then power it up and see how it works. You hopefully will get lucky. Its probably not as bad as acutally dropping in in the water as I would guess your prism and stuff still are pretty dry.

If not, then send it in and hopefully its a cheap repair for whatever shorted out.

Best of luck
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Wesley R. Bush, Photographer
Nashville | TN | U.S. | Posted: 5:55 PM on 05.31.07
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Duane Burleson, Photographer
Sterling Heights | MI | USA | Posted: 6:29 PM on 05.31.07
->> Here is what I do when my gear gets wet. I open it up as much as I can (battery doors, CF doors, etc.), then put it in a cardboard box that is about 30" tall x 20 x 20, lay your gear in the bottom and point a hair dryer into the box set to high speed and low with the opening of the box not totally covered. Let it run for a few hours (5-6 hours) so the heat and air movement can suck every bit of moisture out of it. The inside temp will reach about

Duane
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John Froschauer, Photographer
Seattle area | WA | USA | Posted: 6:41 PM on 05.31.07
->> Good luck, I hope the drying it out in one of the ways above works for you. I had mine doused last fall in much the same way, got caught out in heavy rain away from any cover. I didn't think of the dryer in a box, wish I had. I did hit it with a hair dryer a few times, but mainly let it sit for about three days. Unfortunately I had to send it in with a truly painful repair bill.
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Richard Denham, Photographer
Toronto/Buffalo/Niagara | On | Canada | Posted: 7:01 PM on 05.31.07
->> little hint from the world of paper towels & science. a paper towel will draw out water and absorb it, simple test, put the paper towel on the edge of a puddle and watch it soak everything up. Try sticking a paper towel to every nook and cranny of the camera, just make sure that you don't loose any of the towel. ah, and be happy it was rain and not dropped in salt water, that would suck
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Ron Bernardo, Photographer
Hamilton | ON | Canada | Posted: 7:28 PM on 05.31.07
->> Three things:
1.) I hope it is still under warranty
2.) I hope you have insurance in case warranty had expired
3.) MK III is out in the market
(joke ends)

Seriously speaking, I would send the unit in for a quick check. Since you have turned it ON, you never know what may have short circuited inside. Just a precaution since 20 minutes under a downpour is more than enough to completely soak your camera.

Best of luck!
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William Maner, Photographer
Biloxi | MS | USA | Posted: 7:38 PM on 05.31.07
->> If you could find them...bags of silica gel will wick away excess water/moisture. You can usually buy packs or tubs of a similar products/desiccants.. I don't know how well it would work, but it would help speed up the absorption process.
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William Maner, Photographer
Biloxi | MS | USA | Posted: 7:44 PM on 05.31.07
->> Oh, I forgot to mention.. You can find similar desiccants in the plumbing(?) parts section of a Wal-Mart.. I can't remember the brand name..

Look for it in packs.. Put the camera in a thick 1 gallon plastic bag along with several packs of the desiccant..It should wick the moisture away from the camera since it would be the only source of moisture in a plastic baggie..
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Jim Comeau, Student/Intern, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 7:45 PM on 05.31.07
->> Yeah, you definitely want to take as much apart as should be done by the end user (remove body caps, open doors, remove batteries, etc) and let it sit at least overnight. Almost no warranty covers water damage. It is considered misuse. Insurance is your only friend here, unless you have some special deal with your credit card company. However, its usually an extension of the warranty.

Best of luck to you, but I would contact Canon USA asap.
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Preston Gannaway, Photographer
Concord | NH | USA | Posted: 7:52 PM on 05.31.07
->> I bought a hair dryer specifically for that reason. I'll even throw it in my car if I expect to be shooting in the rain. I find it works pretty well (with some bodies especially) if you get it to it quickly. Good luck
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Jody Gomez, Photographer
Murrieta | CA | USA | Posted: 8:03 PM on 05.31.07
->> "Oh, I forgot to mention.. You can find similar desiccants in the plumbing(?) parts section of a Wal-Mart.. I can't remember the brand name.. Look for it in packs.. Put the camera in a thick 1 gallon plastic bag along with several packs of the desiccant..It should wick the moisture away from the camera since it would be the only source of moisture in a plastic baggie.."

Those gel packs are in shoeboxes and just about anything you buy that comes in a box. I bet if you look around, you'll see that you have several of them at home.
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Phil Hawkins, Photographer
Fresno | ca | usa | Posted: 8:13 PM on 05.31.07
->> This happened to me once, and mine was none the worse for wear.

Do this:

1) do NOT turn it on.
2) Remove battery, CF card and open all doors, latches, etc.
3) Remove lens, do not put the body cap on it. Leave open.

Place on heating pad set on low, (lens opening down) place clean towel over that, and let dry overnight.

Replace battery, turn on, it should be fine. Mine fell in 10 inches of mountain stream water (runoff) and after it dried it was fine.

Phil
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Warren Wimmer, Photographer
Orland Park | Il | USA | Posted: 8:34 PM on 05.31.07
->> I have a Mark II that got soaked two weeks ago at Wrigley, let it dry out but the following was wrong. It would not reformat the card, it would erase the images and shoot with no problems. Still waiting on word from CPS with the bad news. So much for water resistant claims

Good luck
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 8:58 PM on 05.31.07
->> you can get a wonderful desiccant in the form of cat litter. The cat litters that are made up of clear beads are what you want, and most general department stores, convenience stores, pet stores have it. You could probably use the clay-based litter too. There's nothing special or different about the various types for this purpose, well... except that the cat litters that have been used are not what you want. :-)

Just in case someone accidently drops their entire camera into a pond or river or the ocean, they should put it into a baggie and seal it and take it to the repair shop that way. Don't dry it out because any sediment or mud that might have made it into the camera will ruin the shutter release mechanism when it dries. It's its wet then they can dissassemble the camera and rinse the gunk out then let it dry.
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 9:03 PM on 05.31.07
->> "So much for water resistant claims"

"Resistant". Not "proof". They'll hold the water out for a little while as long as its not a downpour, and as long as there's an "L" glass lens equipped with the weather seal on the body.

If the rain is falling hard then you still need to cover the body and lens. I have an Aquatech for my gear, but even saran wrap or that press and seal wrap would do in a pinch.
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Mike O'Bryon, Photographer
Ft. Lauderdale | FL | USA | Posted: 9:35 PM on 05.31.07
->> DON'T USE A HAIR DRYER...you'll just blow water further in to the camera....

Drain and absorb as much as possible....like others have said...give it as much air as you can....but don't use a blower of any kind to dry it.

-- Mike
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 10:48 PM on 05.31.07
->> You can buy desiccant at any craft store in 5 pound tubs. It is used to dry flower arrangements. The brand that I purchased turns pink as it absorbs moister. A few hours in a warm oven is all that it takes to 'recharge' the desiccant and it returns to a clear color.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 12:23 AM on 06.01.07
->> johnpaul, this might sound crazy but I've done it a couple of different times with electronics (including a d1h. as said above open all doors and panels, take out card and battery. okay....turn your oven on....as low as it will go....(mine is a gas oven and will allow you to set it at 160 degrees. put the camera on a rack in the very middle. let it come up to temperature with the oven. check on the heat of the oven frequently. after about an hour (depending on how wet the guts got) it should be pretty much dried out. good luck....remember watch the temperature!!! VERY IMPORTANT!
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Peter Gaby, Photographer
Madison | WI | US | Posted: 12:26 AM on 06.01.07
->> Sounds like great advice - I'll remember all of this, as i'm planning on shooting two events this weekend, and the always wrong weatherman has predicted rain.

so of course that will mean they'll be correct and i'll get stuck playing in the rain.

John, if all else fails - then you can always give a fellow Wisconsinite your rain soaked 5D


Pete
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JohnPaul Greco, Photographer, Assistant
Milwaukee | WI | USA | Posted: 3:36 PM on 06.01.07
->> Wow! Thanks for all the replies... The last one I read was the 11th.. I have some catching up to do.. :-)

I managed to turn it on..(Thank Heavens!!) and used it for a job this morning.. The power switch feels a little "funny", as do some of the buttons... I had to do quite a bit of dust cleaning...but for now, it works...which is good because I just learned that a client wants me to cover the Miller 200 this Weekend in West Allis..and love working with the FF format vs the 1.3..(at least for the people shots).. I hope to run into some of the fine people I've come to know from this board over there.. :-)

This is what I did:

As soon as I arrived home, I turned on my studio fan, and placed it in front for the night. I read something about disassembling it as much as I could,...but I didn't do anything that would require use of a screw driver.. I took the VG off, pulled the card out, as well as the batteries from the VG......took off the body cap, and changed the position of the body several times..hoping the air would get inside of every little line on it..

Much of the water on the outside of the body was already dry by the time I arrived home..

In addition, I had to dry off (& clean) my 400, 70-200, and 24-70 too,...and try out some of the techniques on lens cleaning that I posted about a day or two earlier on here... I found some old pads that I used to use for cleaning negatives that worked quite well for the lenses.. I was also working the moving parts in front of the fan..(which in quite powerful)..in hopes of having everything work as smooth as it used to..


My MKII bodies work just fine after being poured on even worse,.. There were some shots of golfers running for cover, or dodging the rain under umbrellas that I really wanted to capture.. So,..I guess the rubber seals really do work wonders on the MkII bodies.. :-)

I read lots of great suggestions, and I'm sure many of them work quite effectively,...provided the body isn't totally trashed..

I'll stock up on those silica bags.. and be better prepared in the future..

So far,..it's pretty good... The images were all in tact..

Again, thanks everyone! :-)

JP
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