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Getting Smell off of a Camera
Andrew Knapik, Photographer, Assistant
Lincoln Park | MI | USA | Posted: 12:27 PM on 09.09.08
->> I was at the scene of a house fire last night. How do I get the smoke smell of off my camera and lens? I put the camera in my garage last night, and it still smells. Any help is very much appreciated.
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Keith Carson, Photographer
Tampa | FL | U.S.A. | Posted: 12:36 PM on 09.09.08
->> I miss that smell. I'm due for some spot news.

As far as the smell I don't ever remember it sticking with my gear, my clothes, bag, yes, gear, no.
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Tim Harrison, Photographer
Cleveland | Ohio | United States | Posted: 12:39 PM on 09.09.08
->> Keith,

Are you serious? Are you taking in to account what must happen for you to shoot spot news?

Comments like that make the public think we're all creeps.
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Russell Rinn, Photographer
Georgetown | Tx | USA | Posted: 12:47 PM on 09.09.08
->> Andrew,

I've had good luck keeping the camera in a well ventilated area and setting a bowl of vinegar next to it. I purchased a used camera from a smoker and about a week of doing this eliminated the smell. You should also be able to wipe the camera down with a dry or very slightly damp rag and that helps a bit too.
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Israel Shirk, Photographer, Assistant
McCall | ID | US | Posted: 12:48 PM on 09.09.08
->> Andrew-
Take the batteries out and put it in the washer on warm/warm for a medium cycle. Tide with the colorsafe bleach works best.

Keith-
I'm with you.

Tim-
It's too early in the day to be *that* angry at the world.
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Sandy Huffaker, Photographer
San Diego | CA | USA | Posted: 12:55 PM on 09.09.08
->> Andrew
It'll air-out eventually. I kind of like that smell. Just think of it as a Photojournalist's cologne :>
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Ron Manfredi, Photographer
Merrick (Long Island) | NY | | Posted: 1:00 PM on 09.09.08
->> For cigarette smoke smell I have had luck with wiping down the gear with a fabric softener dryer sheet. Try a slightly used one.
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Tim Harrison, Photographer
Cleveland | Ohio | United States | Posted: 1:09 PM on 09.09.08
->> Brian,

Angry at the world?

It was a crass statement.

I've covered plenty of house fires, sometimes with fatalities. That is something I never miss.
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Chuck Liddy, Photographer
Durham | NC | USA | Posted: 1:13 PM on 09.09.08
->> Andrew, I covered a big forest fire a couple of months ago and it too about a week but the smell goes away...However. it too about three weeks for my car not to smell like a campfire.....I would think many of those suggestions would work fine...a rag with fabreeze perhaos? Geez Tim, lighten up dude.
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Tim Harrison, Photographer
Cleveland | Ohio | United States | Posted: 1:25 PM on 09.09.08
->> OK, It appears I may have not made myself clear, or I am in the wrong.

All I'm saying is that making offhand remarks about being due for spot news and missing fires is bad form for a public forum. If someone said that to me in the newsroom I may not think twice, but if you said that to me on the sidelines of a football game, I'd move away. Public perception of our profession is crucial in the age of Photoshop. Maybe I'm wrong for treating spot news like it's more than just a cool picture. Almost always it's a tragedy for someone and I've always tried to keep that in mind.
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Dave Doonan, Photographer
Kingston | TN | USA | Posted: 1:35 PM on 09.09.08
->> Lighten up Francis
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Alan Look, Photographer
Bloomington | IL | United States | Posted: 1:58 PM on 09.09.08
->> Andrew - I assume it's the gripper parts that smell and not the metal.

If it were me, and I haven't tired it (read as disclaimer), I'd either try a clorox wipe or some leather cleaner.
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Andrew Knapik, Photographer, Assistant
Lincoln Park | MI | USA | Posted: 4:45 PM on 09.09.08
->> Thanks for all of your suggestions.
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Louis Lopez, Photographer
Fontana | CA | USA | Posted: 4:56 PM on 09.09.08
->> Stripes, what a great movie. I believe I have that on VHS somewhere.....
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 5:00 PM on 09.09.08
->> Tim there are 100's of jobs that are built upon the pain and suffering of others. How sad if those people aren't allowed to 'look forward' to doing their jobs. Most if not all of 'those' jobs are meant to either relieve, reduce, or report the pain and suffering. In essence to make it better for others.

Spot news happens without any prompting from journalists, looking forward to cover that next 'event' shouldn't make the journalist feel guilty.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Hudson | NH | USA | Posted: 6:08 PM on 09.09.08
->> I do a wipe down using cotton balls with isopropyl 70% rubbing alcohol after a good fire.

The camera, not myself.
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Alex Jones, Photographer
McAllen | TX | USA | Posted: 11:12 AM on 09.10.08
->> The smell goes away on its own in an average of (1) week.
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 11:14 AM on 09.10.08
->> That smell maybe on your nose hairs.
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Ernie Rice, Photographer
Paragould | AR | USA | Posted: 12:19 PM on 09.10.08
->> put the camera in a box next to a package of activated charcoal for a day or two. Should do the trick nicely.

On a related note, I loaned a camera to a friend once so she could shoot a commercial job. She didn't want to use her papers gear for it and she didn't have a digital of her own. I used it a day or two after she brought it back and something wasn't right... I checked the camera settings, no changes... it took about 20 min to figure out the camera smelled of her perfume. :)
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John Scarpa, Photographer, Student/Intern
Bedminster | NJ | United States | Posted: 12:43 PM on 09.10.08
->> I miss that smell........... It goes away on its own, and your nose will get used to the smell after a little while.


Off topic:

My school caught on fire last year and it was contained, but every single room smelled like smoke for the next 2 weeks.
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Aaron Rhoads, Photographer
McComb | MS | USA | Posted: 3:28 PM on 09.10.08
->> Ernie,

did you figure out what the problem with the camera was after your significant other made you sleep in the dog house?
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David Guralnick, Photographer
Detroit | MI | USA | Posted: 4:51 PM on 09.10.08
->> I would avoid isopropyl alcohol. It has oils in it that might not be good for the rubber. If you can find it you should use denatured alcohol.

Also, changing the camera strap might help with the smell. Or take the strap off and wash it by hand.
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Corey Perrine, Photographer
Hudson | NH | USA | Posted: 5:28 PM on 09.10.08
->> I've had my lenses for eight years and rubber is fine with rubbing alcohol. But I'm sure both work.
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Rob Dicker, Photographer
Lake Villa | IL | USA | Posted: 5:40 PM on 09.10.08
->> Actually the cleaner that camera techs use is amonia. The smell sticks more to the rubber and them metal, but the amonia won't disolve the rubber or the glue.
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