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Looks like it melted, I think...
Richard Rector, Photographer
Bellevue | WA | US | Posted: 1:19 AM on 06.09.08
->> Can someone help me understand what happened here: http://www.sportsshooter.com/richr/wtf/ .

I've not seen or experienced this before. The camera still works fine, but I think I'll be sending it in. Just need to know what to put down as the "problem".

Thanks!
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Mark J. Terrill, Photographer
Simi Valley | CA | USA | Posted: 1:24 AM on 06.09.08
->> Is it possible that you left it pointed toward the sun? What were the conditions before this happened?
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Richard Rector, Photographer
Bellevue | WA | US | Posted: 1:36 AM on 06.09.08
->> Is that what this is (sun "damage")?? Wow.

Honestly, I don't know when this could have happened. Not really a situation in recent memory that the camera would have been pointed at the sun. Maybe it's been like that for a while, and I'm just that clueless. I suppose it could have happened when resting the body and a 400 against my shoulder while using another body/lens combo to shoot closer action.

How long would it take (pointed at the sun) to have this happen? 30 seconds? Minutes?
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 2:13 AM on 06.09.08
->> Wow that's weird.

You weren't using the camera as an ashtray?
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Greg Ferguson, Photographer
Scottsdale | Az | USA | Posted: 2:55 AM on 06.09.08
->> If you're in bright sunlight that sort of damage could take a second or two with a f2.8 lens.

When we were kids we'd play with a magnifying glass during the summer, and in no time at all we could get wood or paper to catch fire. Melting plastic was easy. The ants never had a chance.
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Richard Rector, Photographer
Bellevue | WA | US | Posted: 3:15 AM on 06.09.08
->> Guess the "I'm clueless" quote rings true... Not the first time.

Now the question becomes, send it in for repair, or wait it out? As I said, the camera is working just fine.

What bad things can happen with that hole in the plastic back there?
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Tom Knier, Photographer
Lancaster | PA | USA | Posted: 8:44 AM on 06.09.08
->> Yup, as others have said, probably damage from the sun. This is especially common in broadcast cameras when the operator forgets to turn the viewfinder away from the sun when they're not using it- and this damage looks exactly the same.
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Joseph Brymer, Photographer
Lincolnton | NC | usa | Posted: 8:53 AM on 06.09.08
->> I would just hold out if the camera is working properly.As the old adage goes "If it ain't broke don't fix it. Sometimes when you go screwing around with the internal workings of a camera you can get more problems than you asked for, trust me I know just ask NPS.
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Juliann Tallino, Photographer, Photo Editor
Port Townsend/Seattle | WA | USA | Posted: 3:31 PM on 06.09.08
->> Richard, if you're a CPS member, it's a no brainer, send it in. Baseball and softball season is over and you have several weeks before football, perfect timing in my opinion. :) I have my cameras cleaned and checked once a year by canon, they all go in tomorrow as a matter of fact. Send it in for a clean and check and see what they say.
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