D90 dropped in the ocean

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by kris-bochenek, Sep 3, 2009.

  1. Hi all
    I am about to aquire for free a damaged D90 with 18-105 lens. the setup was dropped into the pacific. Do you think in might be worth to try reparing it?. I know the salt water is one of the worst things possible but I am leaning towards trying to make it work and keep it.
    What say you?
  2. In the time it took you type that post, the problem got even more impossible to fix.
  3. lol well Matt thank you replying the camera is in Washington and it should be here withing a week. So should I not waste my time with it?
  4. It all depends on how it was handled at the time. Rinsed immediately with distilled water? Immediately placed in a warm, ventilated environment with dessicant, etc? There are things you can do, but half the battle is in doing them immediately after the incident. Good luck!
  5. Most likely you have a pretty nice paperweight. When it comes to cameras, all oceans are the Dead Sea.
    Kent in SD
  6. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    Well, at least you did not drop a D3X into the Pacific. There is an old saying, don't throw good money after bad money. It is time to look for another camera. The labor cost to take everything apart to clean just doesn't make sense.
  7. Shun
    I didnt dump it. It was my buddy that did it and now wants to get rid of it. But as far as I know all he did was wrap it in the towel and thats it.
    I will just forget it and will not ask him to send it here. you are right it's best to save the money and buy another lens for my D300 instead waste money for repair.
    Thanks guys.
  8. I've heard several stories of cameras getting "dunked" in salt water and surviving. If I dunked one of mine, I'd do what I could to mitigate the damage - remove the battery and memory card, rinse it thoroughly and repeatedly with fresh water, dry it out and send it for a CLA. I would never buy a camera that has been in salt water. If the D90 is working now and it's free, what've you got to lose? If it's currently dead as a result of the dunking, my advice is let it RIP - God only knows what sort of damage it has incurred, and how much it'll take to repair, if indeed it is repairable. Either way, the repair will almost certainly be costly, and if significant salt water got into the guts, all the rinsing in the world won't save it in the long term. Years ago a diving watch of mine leaked and flooded. I got it to a jeweler within hours for a rinsing, and then to the dealer for a thorough strip down and service. However, it never really recovered - every couple of years, some metal component or another had to be replaced as it was rusting out - I eventually junked it as it was simply too expensive to maintain.
  9. I know someone who's D2x and 70-200 VR were submerged in salt water for more than 24 hours (it was stored on a boat that sunk at the dock). Needless to say it was no longer operational after the incident, and, I gather, completely unfixable as well.
  10. Put it back in the ocean and you are WAY ahead!
  11. Best kept in "Davy Jones' " locker now.
    Fresh water is quick enough to allow circuit boards to corrode. Salt water just makes it happen even faster.
  12. When the camera arrives throw it away and keep the wrapping it came it in. It's worth more!
  13. nope, salt water will kill a digital camera. use it for target practice.
  14. i'd take it just for the opportunity to dismantle and see what's inside.
  15. hey kurt, speaking from personal experince after dropping my d50 in the ocean 2 years ago....I would forget about it and use it as a paperweight as mentioned...mine was basically DOA when i brought it into the local camera shop...the zoom action on the lens was so seized up it woiuldn't move...LOL lickily my travel insurance covered most of the cost of the camera...
  16. I like to tinker! If you don't want it you can tell your buddy to send it to me! Cheers!
  17. Did your buddy wear a camera strap when the camera fell into the ocean. I know you should always wear a camera strap to pervent the camera from falling into the water.
  18. Sounds like a miserable experience for the owner of the camera. I have found keeping the strap about my neck or wrapped about my wrist a good retention tool. The camera certainly will be ruined and most likely should be dropped into the e-waste recycling bin so that it can head back to Asia for recycling.
  19. If he is sending it to you for free, and he doesn't mind paying the shipping, take it. You could take it apart and learn what the guts do. And who knows maybe you will be able to get a couple shots out of it. If you decide not to take it, I would love to take it off his hands and see what the inside of the camera looks like.
  20. I dropped a film camera into the Suwanee River just momentarily (fresh water) and a film camera is 10 times more resilient than a digital - took it to an authorized repair shop - absolutely a paper weight - cost more to repair than replace.
  21. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I recall that when the D300 was new, once Thom Hogan was looking for a damaged one. At the time he was interested in taking it apart and study the versious components Nikon uses in the D300, such as the IC chips, etc. etc.
    I have no such interest personally, but the owner might want to put it on eBay for say $50. And the lens elements may be usable as spare parts.
  22. @ mark felber. yes his buddy was ussing a camera strapp when the camera fell into the ocean,unfortunately the part of the neck where the strapp was resting at the time of the incident also fell into the ocean.
    And we all know its easier to reattach a neck than to make that camera come back to life.
  23. camera owner was backing up towards the water, tripped and fell in with the camera I feel for the guy but on the other hand I always check where I am going when holding my gear. thanks for so many replies and good ideas.
  24. Well if you're getting it for free, what do you have to lose?
  25. I remember one advice about camera in salt water...
    "put it in a bucket of fresh water, slosh around, change water.. and bring the bucket to a camera repair man.."
    if it worth the cost get it repaired if not put it back to the ocean...
    for your case since the cameras was in a towel... put it wherever you think shortest, ocean or trash can...
  26. Use the lens elements as components in your personal defense system... when the time comes.
  27. When I did much diving as an avid SCUBA diver and underwater photographer water in the cameras was a problem many divers had to deal with. I had it happen once to me and was always told to NOT take it out of the water; we would bag it in the salt water then take out the cards and batteries and start soaking and flushing in a bucket of fresh water on the boat. to my knowledge NONE survived even these extreme tries. Salt water just killed them all.
  28. The consumer bodies are not meant to be taken apart anyway. CLA is limited to a puff with the air gun. The sodium in the water will have eaten everything, unless it was in just for a couple of seconds, then you might have a hope.
  29. lol i read this excerpt in the morning and found it amuzing all day but i could of sworn there was some sort of liquid you know like those that they sell on tv saying that if you were to place any electronic into this liquid it would protect and valuable possesion from harm but i agree with whoever said to use it as a paperweight because thats all your going to have
  30. Is he giving it to you for free? I think that it would be fun to take apart and try to fix.
  31. By all means take this camera and send it into nikon and they will repair it for free or maybe charge you 2 or 3 dollars and you will have it back within 2 weeks. This is what we call a miracle camera and it is amost impossible to break or damage. I recently read a post from a guy that was shooting a sporting event he dropped his d90 with a 400 mm lens on it and it bounced off of the ground right back into his hands and he continued shooting. So don't look a gift horse in the mouth.
  32. your best bet is to bury it in the back yard, than spend money trying to fix it. especially if you have a D300 already
  33. An EXPEED processor keychain would be cool.
  34. I like all of your posts but Stanley Spedowski wins the medal for his idea. That's why i love this forum lots of good and funny ideas.
    Well I am in N.Y for the weekend and off I go to shoot people and whatnot I will post what I got.
    Hopefully Hudson will be graceful enough to spare my gear and me.
  35. During the filming of the movie "Jaws" one of the zillion-dollar Panavision cameras fell into the ocean.
    Here is part of the story as told by Mik Cribben from:
    I had gone out to Martha’s Vineyard for a short vacation but when I heard that a feature film called Jaws was being shot I ended up spending most of my time watching the filming.
    The timing of my visit to the set of Jaws was quite fortunate. My first trip out to the many boats and barges that made up the set was on the day when they were shooting the most important scene in the picture, the one in which the shark leaps out of the water and crashes down on the back of the boat. The whole afternoon was spent preparing the shot and as it approached 5:30, the end of the day, it looked like they were never going to get the shot off, but just before 5:30 everything came together and Steve Spielberg decided to go for the shot. He called, “Action” and he got a lot more than he called for. Steve, Roy Scheider, Dick Butler (Robert Shaw’s stuntman and no relation to Bill), Bill Butler, three camera crews and three cameras were all aboard the “Orcha II”. When the shark came down on the boat it looked like an explosion and for thirty seconds all hell broke loose. The weight of the shark caused the boat to fill up with too much water and it started to go down like a stone. I saw Roy Scheider dive into a mass of nail-filled pieces of wood splintered from the transom by the shark and did not see him come up for a long time. Other people were jumping clear of the boat and people on other boats were rushing to help them. There was much confusion and people were shouting, “Save the camera!” and “Save the lights!”.
    As the boat started to sink it also started to tip over. Some crew members on the work boat, “The Ruddy Duck”, also dove clear of their boat when they saw the 30-foot mast of the “Orcha II” coming down on them like a tall timber. Fortunately the “Orcha II” was attached to a crane on one of the boats, “The Whitefoot”, and this kept the “Orcha II” from sinking or tilting too much. To top it off, a sudden squall came up and it started to storm. After it was all over no one was seriously hurt but the number one camera had been submerged and the magazine with the hard-earned footage was filled with water. Everyone thought the footage was lost and the whole thing would have to be done again, but Bill Butler had the magazine immediately taken to shore and fresh water was exchanged for the brine. The magazine was carried in someone’s lap on the next plane to New York and was processed by Technicolor in New York under the supervision of Otto Paoloni that night. They got the results the next morning. The footage was fine. No second take was made, and that is the footage that the public will see in the film.
    Terry Thomas
    Film Unit Stills Photographer
    Atlanta, Georgia USA
  36. WELL...
    Nikon Might repair it for free :) IF you're lucky enough.
    But if it'll cost less then $800 USDs to fix it, it might be worth it since new kit is about $1100.
  37. How often do you get a chance to take the camera apart and put it back together again? If unrepairable (or Beyond Economical Repair) I'd use it to extend your knowledge of cameras - I do this with computers ... especially laptops! :)
  38. TAKE IT APART, TAKE PICTURES, PUT PICTURES ON THE THREAD!!! would love to see what a brother of my D90 looks like from the inside.
  39. None of the suggestions above will hold water.
  40. i like william's idea. and i second sjoerd's suggestion.
    then be cool and do what stanley suggested.
  41. I accidently melted my cell phone in the oven trying to dry out the water after a dunking. It ended up on an artist's collage. :)
  42. I think it really does depends on what happens to the camera right after it was submerged. You might be able to save it if it was turned off if you take the battery out and then rinse it in distilled water to get the salt out of the components. And in thereoy if you let it dry then it should work just fine, but something tells me this camera probably won't work =P
  43. I think it really does depends on what happens to the camera right after it was submerged. You might be able to save it if it was turned off if you take the battery out and then rinse it in distilled water to get the salt out of the components. And in thereoy if you let it dry then it should work just fine, but something tells me this camera probably won't work =P
  44. This is a great op, You now can
    preform drop tests
    see how a Nikon will react when thrown at a brick wall
    see what happens when a nikon is run over by a car
    bar b que a camera
    cut a camera in half to see whats inside
    or just take out all the saved up frustration over bad photos and take a hammer to it.

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