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Author Topic : Dropped my Canon 50mm 1.8 in the River Tees :( 
myky

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dropped my baby lens in the River Tees Yesterday and managed to retrieve it. after climbing down a eroded bank to save it!

its currently drying out in rice but am pretty sure its buggered at the min so £25 on the insurance isn't too bad!

anyone manage to salvage a drowned lens before?

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Violet_Ecstasy

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not a lens but salvaged an ipod touch in a bag with lots of little bags of silica gel

Dried rice will work but silica gel should be better.

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DaniRiot

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Never anything very expensive, but have lost various reflectors and polyboard in rivers, streams, trees etc... the wind seems to love them.





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KpH

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Lens in the river? Did you want to make it a fish-eye?

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I'll get my coat.....

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MattMiller

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I dropped my Nikon D70 in the sea at Brighton a few years ago ... gave it a good shake and carried on using it ... no ill effects apart from a light grinding sound when focusing and a bit of condensation in the lens which went away after a while, still using it today ... you should have bought Nikon and saved on the insurance




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Circles_of_Confusion

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Back in my electronic days, I used have electronic equipment sent to me where the items had suffered an accident of some sort and it was my job to test the equipment for previous faults prior to the "accident" There are lots of common faults for various pieces of electronic equipment and basically it meant doing tests on the components that often failed within that particular model. For instance a TV that fell down the stairs wouldn't suddenly develop a short circuited line output transistor, etc.

I'm not suggesting there was anything wrong with your lens of course but accidents such as electronic equipment going for a swim are sometimes met with suspicion.

I only mentioned it because it reminded me of a previous life that I once had...







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Circles_of_Confusion

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quoting post from KpH:

Lens in the river? Did you want to make it a fish-eye?

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I'll get my coat.....


That was awful.......that was even worse than any of mine....I wish I'd thought of it....







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MattMiller

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quoting post from Circles_of_Confusion:

Back in my electronic days, I used have electronic equipment sent to me where the items had suffered an accident of some sort and it was my job to test the equipment for previous faults prior to the "accident" There are lots of common faults for various pieces of electronic equipment and basically it meant doing tests on the components that often failed within that particular model. For instance a TV that fell down the stairs wouldn't suddenly develop a short circuited line output transistor, etc.

I'm not suggesting there was anything wrong with your lens of course but accidents such as electronic equipment going for a swim are sometimes met with suspicion.

I only mentioned it because it reminded me of a previous life that I once had...







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Indeed some years ago a workmate bought a broken telly off me for £25 its none of my business why he wanted to buy a telly that didnt work however his house had been flooded the previous week ... Not sure how he was planning on making it water damaged though beacuse it was a bit big to fit in the bath ...




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Petesky

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Bad luck mate.You never know, it may dry out ok!

My tripod slipped off a rock once and landed horizontally in runny mud.My Canon 30D and Sigma 10-20 Lens were over 50% submerged in it.When I lifted them up it looked like they'd been dipped in melted chocolate lol

A stranger kindly gave me a dry rag(this was after about 10 mins rock hopping to get back to the road) which I used to remove most of the mud.After a more thorough clean back home both camera and lens worked fine. And still are :-)

On another note,I've gone swimming with my phone in my pocket,dropped another in a bucket of dilutedPVA,and another in a cup of tea(don't ask!). And they all worked fine once taken apart and dried out!(usually with a hair dryer)

So keep yer fingers crossed.

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stevieduncan

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yes before they had electronics.....

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photo_uk

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If you are feeling daring, you could soak your lens in isopropyl alcohol to help disperse the water as described here:

http://www.squidoo.com/Wet_Camera_Lens


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