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what to do with champagne on camera

Postby michael_g » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:43 am

I was taking pictures at a wedding and some champagne was spilled on my EOS camera.
I wiped it off with a moist cloth and it functions perfectly.
BUT the on of switch binds, it is a bit hard to push from side to side and it doesn't say klick. So some champagne must have run under the switch.

The repair guys want equal to 100 USD just for having a look at it.

Any suggestions as to what I can do myself?
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby Bjorn van Sinttruije » Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:47 pm

If you're particularly adventurous, you could take it apart, but I am quite sure you are not ready to do that (I definitely wouldn't).
Are you near any (service-oriented) camera stores by any chance? If I were to walk in with my camera and ask some questions related to damage, I'm sure they could at least look at the camera and give me advice on whether I would need to send it in for repair. Sure, the store's staff is not going to take a look at the insides of the camera (which is probably what you would pay 100 USD for), but they might be able to tell you there's nothing seriously wrong.

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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby oldCarlos » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:40 pm

Would a couple of drops of de-ionised water around the switch help? (just enough to free it slightly, then use the switch continually for a couple of minutes in order for free movement)
Then place it switch downward to stop anything getting further inside, on absorbent paper/towel.

You could maybe try it a couple of times? Using silica-gel afterwards might be a good idea too.

This is just a suggestion from a luddite & maybe not recommended, so don't hold me responsible if owt goes wrong! :wink:

I also thought about the smallest squirt/drop of WD40?
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby michael_g » Wed Feb 12, 2014 9:01 pm

Well, it is a 5D mk 3 and it does have weather seal.

But its a 5D mk 3 and it's doesn't come cheap

On the other hand it is just ridiculously expensive if its just a moist piece of cloth, and they will spend more time writing the bill, than actually working on it

Start disesemblying it? No I'm not going to do that
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby oldCarlos » Wed Feb 12, 2014 10:17 pm

If it's weather sealed, a few drops of water shouldn't hurt at all.
Maybe a dampened cotton-bud could be rubbed gently around the switch to lift off the sticky residue?
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby michael_g » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:45 am

Thanks guys

Two drops of water and some cotton saved me 100 USD
So far I had only used damped cotton, but two drops did the job

And it still works :wink:
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby Reborn » Thu Apr 24, 2014 5:29 pm

I was thinking isopropyl alcohol and a bowl of rice.
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby oldCarlos » Thu Apr 24, 2014 9:03 pm

Reborn wrote:I was thinking isopropyl alcohol and a bowl of rice.


Did you mean sake? :lol: :wink:
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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby 4xxxx » Thu Apr 24, 2014 11:29 pm

My Nikon on/off switch is the same, very hard to move, I think mine was caused by sea spray. I’m not to sure of the above solutions but I did think of WD40. :?

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Re: what to do with champagne on camera

Postby LishaZn » Sat Oct 25, 2014 1:16 am

For me, I wouldn't take the risk to do the cleaning thing. It's better to bring your camera to the service center for proper assessment.
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