Camera repairs?

To: Tom Tarrant <>
Subject: Camera repairs?
Date: Wed, 8 Dec 2010 14:01:17 +1100
Hi Tom, 
I've had an underwater housing flood for my DSLR while scuba diving. 
Luckily it was insured. Here's a few rules you need to follow when cameras 
and salt water mix:
1.\ Turn the camera off straight away and remove the batteries.  Saltwater 
is conductive and you'll get all sorts of short circuits going on if you 
have power going through the circuitry.
2.\ Once you get it home, open it up, and flush it out with fresh water, 
try to get all the salt off the circuitry.You can clean up circuit boards 
with a  bit of alcohol.  If your convinced that the whole DSLR body would 
have been innudated with saltwater, you'll have to submerse the unit in 
fresh water also to makes sure you can flush all the salt out. (Unless 
your willing to disassemble the whole DSRL circuitry and clean up each 
board individually). 
3.\ Once your happy you have got all the salt residue out, leave it to dry 
for a good couple of days. 
4.\ Use a hairdryer to make sure your convinced there is no more water in 
any of the circuitry, then you can replace the batteries, turn it on, and 
hope like hell. 
A fully submersed DSLR body in salt water is usually a goner, however, if 
you removed the batteries straight away, you have some hope of recovery. 
For more info, google  camera housing flood and theres plenty of info on 
what to do. 
good luck! 

From:   Tom Tarrant <>
To:     Birding-aus <>
Date:   08/12/2010 01:21 PM
Subject: Camera repairs?
Sent by:        

Last weekend my DSLR camera (Canon EOS 7D &100-400mm zoom) and I had an
underwater encounter at Michaelmas Cay (the moron responsible (guess-who?)
fell off the back of the 'rubber-ducky'[?]) and it has been non-functional

As expected my household insurance policy does not cover 'unspecified'

I know most readers of this list are far too clever and sensible than to
allow something similar to happen to them but surely there's someone out
there that can empathize and can give me advice on repairing or replacing
it. The equipment is usually in constant-use.

I will be putting some stills & video of the trip online soon, fortunately
retrieved from my memory-card.

All advice gratefully received (...except non-constructive comments about
not taking a camera onto the 'barrier-reef' in the first-place[?])


Tom Tarrant
Kobble Creek,

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