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Nikon D70 dropped in water

Monimaran Sundararaj , May 04, 2005; 06:17 p.m.

I dropped my one month old D70 in the water when I went for canoying. When I powered on after 2 days of drying in the fan, I got no response in the LCDs. I came to know the Camera is completely dead. Local dealer has estimated $420.00 for replacing the PCB and servicing. I sent it to NIKON for service. They said the camera can't be serviced to the factory standard and sent it back to me. I am totally confused how to repair my camera. Its just one month old and not yet gotten mail-in-rebate.

Has anybody this type of experience? Any suggestion is welcome.


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Shun Cheung , May 04, 2005; 06:27 p.m.

This is probably not the answer you want to hear (or read), but the simple answer is called replace, especially if we are talking about salt water. IMO it is not a good idea to spend another $420 on it. There is too much electronics inside the D70 to get it properly fixed. It really doesn't matter whether it is one month, one year or two years old.

Edward H , May 04, 2005; 06:52 p.m.

Just claim your insurance on it and trash the camera. Salt water is never good for a camera, especially one that's filled with electronics.

Jay Miao , May 04, 2005; 07:05 p.m.

If you dropped the D70 with its power ON in the water, it's more likely a very small chance for some electronics parts or power supply circuitry inside being survived, then you must send it in for service. Otherwise, you might still have a chance to 'fix' it as opening up the back to be able to expose the most PCB parts for complete drying as there must be some water still retained inside everywhere even you used a fan dried it out.

David H. Hartman , May 04, 2005; 08:36 p.m.

If it’s salt water and it got inside, make a book end out of it. If fresh water, dry the camera out for days before putting a battery back in it. The last thing you want is a battery in an electronic camera when it’s wet inside. Moisture inside a camera with a built-in flash carries extra risk. There is something inside an AF camera that ramps up the voltage for the focus motor and this carries extra risk. If after extended drying your camera works great. If not I would not have it repaired.

A friend who is a camera repairman says it’s all but impossible to get all the salt out of a camera. It get in nooks & crannies and it just keeps corroding. It can wick its way up wires and destroy the circuit board the wires attach to. This can happen with corrosion in a battery chamber also. With an electronic camera it’s not worth repairing once salt water is actually inside.

I’m very sorry this happened.

Dave Hartman.

Patrick (Washington, DC) , May 04, 2005; 08:53 p.m.

correct advice. claim insurance. or buy new.

Bob Lee , May 04, 2005; 09:37 p.m.

Last summer my wife left her brand-new cell phone out in a thunderstorm, which completely killed it- no LCD display, no nothing. I took the battery out and rigged up a clamp-style shop light with a parabolic reflector (which I bought from Home Depot for about $5) with a 75 watt bulb. I aimed the light toward the ceiling, and I strapped the cell phone to the open end of the reflector and left it to dry out for about 36 hours in the radiant and convective heat provided by the lamp. The phone came completely back to life, color LCD, sound, everything. Maybe this will work for you; it's worth a try. Good luck.

Chris Kendall , May 04, 2005; 10:24 p.m.

Is everyone else seeing a google ad for camera rain covers at the bottom of this thread? That's just mean. :(

I'm really sorry to hear about your mishap Monimaran. I can't offer much other than sympathy.

wayne shinbara , May 05, 2005; 01:38 a.m.

shot some turtles in the waters here locally, and it was salt water...totaled my 70-300 due to it being in my waistpack which i held on my arm...freak wave hit me and then tripped on a rock underwater...auwe!!

Michael Christensen , May 05, 2005; 06:39 a.m.

If it will make you feel better, I dropped my Gossen Digital F light meter in a creek this weekend .. replacement cost about $250 .. can't believe I've done that .. I'm very careful with equipment, but accidents do happen to all of us.

And it was my favorite meter for field use .. next time, I'll wear the damn thing instead of tucking it inside my coat pocket. Live and learn ..

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