Is the equation "550d + sea water = RIP" correct?

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  1. le0nidas09

    le0nidas09 New Member Site Supporter

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    Canon 550d + sea water = RIP?
    Help!!

    I accidentally today put my 550d (or t2i) into the sea. I've done it many times before, but today there was a child nearby playing with the waves... so... although the water just touched the bottom of the lens/camera and I removed it immediately from the water, now it won't show any signs of life.

    I know, it's entirely my fault (I didn't even thought of complaining to that child)

    Now the thing is
    Battery is charging ok, sd card is ok (though I saw some wet signs there), but canon is dead (?).

    Please somebody help!
     

  2. johnsey

    johnsey Moderator Staff Member Site Supporter

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    You could try placing it in a sealed bag of dry rice to dry it out. But if you tried turning it on you may have fried it completely.
     
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  3. le0nidas09

    le0nidas09 New Member Site Supporter

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    Thank you for your quick response..
    I did try to turn it on..
    I feel really depressed now..
    Anyway..
    I'll try to leave it for a day or so to dry, and then try my luck..
     
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    Try the rice in sealed bag trick for few days, it will help a lot in drawing moisture out from inside. Its worth a shot at least.
     
  5. le0nidas09

    le0nidas09 New Member Site Supporter

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    I am sure gonna try it..
    Either way there is no money left to get a new one, so I have to try anything!!
    :-(
     
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    After a few days, letting it dry, this happens.
    When I insert the battery, it makes a beeping sound for around 5 seconds, screen turns on but stays blank. All this without turning the dial to ON. When I turn it to ON, stays in the same condition.
    I removed the battery and then tried to do it again. The results are, no beeping sound, screen turns on for about a second, blank and thats it.
    Do you think there is still hope?
     
  7. Phil

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    Is the battery charged?
     
  8. le0nidas09

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    Yes. Its fully charged.
     
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    I would look at the battery contacts on the camera. Since it was in sea water (salt), it could be corroded already. Your symptoms make it seem like it's not getting enough power. If they look corroded, try taking a scotch brite pad to it to shine it back up.
     
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    le0nidas09 New Member Site Supporter

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    I hope this could be it.. I'll do it when I get home!
     
  11. le0nidas09

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    Hey I got it to work today!! Although it takes photos/autofocuses/indications in the viewfinder are fine, it has some issues. The screen flickers sometimes and stays blank (except when I'm on liveview mode) and some buttons are unresponsive.. I'll let it dry some more and see what will happen!!
     

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