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Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005

Is There Hope for My Lens?

I had a bit of an accident today - slipping on the shore of my pond. My "kit" Canon EF-S 18-55 lens that came with my Canon EOS XTi was loose and went floating in the pond. And, at the same time, my Canon Powershot Pro 1 in its camera bag was also floating away as I'm mucking in the pond mud grabbing for both! My Powershot came out dry, but my kit lens has condensation inside. Is this lens kaput or will it eventually dry out? Any advice would be appreciated! Thanks!

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10/28/2007 5:06:39 PM

Pete H
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/9/2005
The condensation will clear. The electronics will probably be OK, given enough time to dry. The REAL problem you have is the residual dirty water that has evaporated and deposited a ton of dirt internally. Lenses CAN be opened and cleaned, but if you have never done it, don't even try. Let an expert do it if the cost is reasonable.
All the best,

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10/28/2007 6:22:04 PM

Mark Feldstein
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/17/2005
  Well, Lisa, you're fortunate it wasn't salt water and also that you don't look into the front of the lens and see fish or tadpoles swimming around inside the barrel.
To supplement what Pete said, lenses can be opened, cleaned, dried out and relubricated to some extent. Condensation might dry and turn to corrosion and may leave some of the electronics inoperable.
So, in my opinion, the best thing you can do - if there's hope in saving this lens - is get it to a competent repair shop. Let them open it up, dry, clean, relube and retest the electronics. The sooner the better. If the estimate isn't more than half the cost of a replacement, I'd let them give it a whirl.
Take it light. ;>)

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10/28/2007 7:39:00 PM

Lisa B. North
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Thanks, Pete and Mark! I'll look into that today. I still see water in there! But no fish!! Lisa

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10/29/2007 4:53:24 AM

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