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D40 and Lens dropped into water

Wai Lam , Oct 18, 2007; 04:13 p.m.

I recently dropped my D40 into a fresh water lake and it is not working anymore even after I dried it up. Also I could see a lot of residue inside the camera and the lens. Does anyone have the same experience and is it still worth repairing? Thanks in advance for whoever can provide some advice.



Juanjo Viagran , Oct 18, 2007; 04:15 p.m.

as far as I know water damage is the worst of all, sorry but most likely your camera/lens are worthless..:/

Shun Cheung , Oct 18, 2007; 04:21 p.m.

If the lens is something like the 18-55, IMO it is questionable to repair it. The repair cost will likely be over 50%, perhaps way over, of the replacement cost because of the labor involved. And you wonder the repair is going to be 100% perfect. At least in this case it isn't sea/salt water.

Had it been sea water, you can pretty much forget about it.

Are you in the US? If so, you can always send it to Nikon USA and get a repair estimate. If that is too high, you can refuse repair.

Ronald Moravec , Oct 18, 2007; 04:24 p.m.

Probably trash. Let it dry for 4 months befor you trash it though. In any case you will probably need a new lens.

If you think you want to fix it, do it as soom as possible like today.

Wai Lam , Oct 18, 2007; 04:25 p.m.

Thanks for such quick replies. I am in the U.S. and in fact the Nikon repair place is very close to me. Maybe I will go ask their assessment. I will let you guys know what they say...

Shun Cheung , Oct 18, 2007; 04:39 p.m.

Nikon USA essentially provides free repair estimate; if you decide that the repair is too expensive and decline it, the only thing they'll charge you is return shipping. If you are close to them, it'll only cost you a bit of time to bring it over. But water damage is very hard to fix property. It would be worse say if you spend $300 to get it fixed and then the problem comes back in a few months.

George Mok , Oct 18, 2007; 08:56 p.m.

The same thing happened to me in August. I felt into a lake with my D200 & 18-200mm VR lens. They were toasted and beyond repair. It turned out that my home insurance covered the loss and at the same time Nikon gave me very good discount on any replacement items. I couldn't wait too long without a camera, so I went and bought another D200 before settling with Nikon and the insurance company. Eventually I got two lenses from Nikon at excellent prices. Anyway, it doesn't hurt to check with Nikon first to see what they'll have to say. HTH.

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