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Spilled Beer on the Camera, What Should I Do?

Will Wrobel , May 05, 2009; 11:35 p.m.

My super-genius friend accidentally spilled some Sam Adams on my 40D tonight. It wasn't a lot but I'm worried, I couldn't live without it. The beer spilled on the top of the body, on the buttons on top and the screen. I got the beer out, but is there anything else I should do to make sure nothing ruins my camera?
Can't deny that my camera smells wonderful though...
-Will

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G Dan Mitchell , May 05, 2009; 11:38 p.m.

Head to the store right away and replace that beer!

Jake Lester , May 05, 2009; 11:39 p.m.

It's ok. You can have another beer.
Seriously, though, if you think beer got inside the camera, pull the battery out an wait a day or two for it to dry out and then you shold be fine. Do not be tempted to use it until it dries out inside if you think beer got in there.
In any case, it does not sound like you harmed the camera permanently.

Geoff Francis , May 06, 2009; 12:06 a.m.

Unfortunately beer smell tends to go stale. It is designed this way to attract the fairer sex intially but repulse them by the morning.

Sheldon Nalos , May 06, 2009; 12:13 a.m.

I'd take some pictures with the camera immediately before the beer dries out. Anyone you photograph of the opposite sex will be made much more attractive.

Geoff Francis , May 06, 2009; 12:16 a.m.

Sheldon
You need to apply "beer goggles" to the photographer for that to work (or at least to the front of the lens like the old vaseline soft focus trick).

Paul Runnoe , May 06, 2009; 01:13 a.m.

Its good that you clarified first off that it was Sam Adams, had it been something like Pabst or Natural Light the only way to exorcize the demons would be to incinerate the camera body.
With electronics, let it sit for a few days with the battery out before you turn it on and run current through any fagile circuits. This is in case any liquid seeped in.

Kenn Lau , May 06, 2009; 02:36 a.m.

Shit happens.........but please remain calm : ) Forgive your friend. Then remove the battery from your 40D and leave it to dry inside a dry cabinet for 48 hours or so before restarting it to check if everything's okay.

I've used my bare naked 50D in mild rain (slight drizzles) and have been caught in sudden downpours a couple of times (before I managed to store it in my digital rucksack) and it's still working fine. *Touch wood*

Puppy Face , May 06, 2009; 03:22 a.m.

The beer spilled on the top of the body, on the buttons on top and the screen. I got the beer out...

What ah friggen waste. You should have licked off the beer. A rag merely compresses the beer thereby forcing it into nooks 'n crannies. The lapping action of a human tends to lift and separate the liquid from the camera rather than scatter it.

David Oskarsson , May 06, 2009; 04:58 a.m.

Beer is nothing, I poured half a cup of a sticky-sweet sort of glühwein over my 30d and 17-55/2.8. I still can't move that manual focus ring on the lens after almost 2 years ;)


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