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    Avatar of Tom Northrop
    Tom Northrop

    I would like to know the ways guys here use to clean their cams, especially off dust and sand.

    Avatar of Jill Spencer
    Jill Spencer

    I use a rocket to clean my camera!

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    Avatar of Marc Wilhelm
    Marc Wilhelm

    I too have a similar situation here. I went out to photograph a river this morning after the rain had stopped. It was cold and damp, leaves and trees were wet. After about a half hour I noticed my LCD screen was fogging up within a few minutes the whole screen was gone. I shut off the camera for a few minutes and put it back in the camera bag. When I took it back out it had mostly cleared.

    Now its been about three hours, there is a slight fog on one side and across the bottom, maybe a 1/8-1/4 inch width. The screen turns colors after being on a few minutes and kinda vibrates a little. I’ve taken out the battery and removed the front cap and opened all the little doors hoping to air it out.

    Is it a lost cause, is it ruined and need a new screen or will it fix itself over a few days? If not will the warranty cover this? If not, any idea on the cost to replace the screen? I live in a rural area of Utah, closest shop is over 200 miles so I am hoping to fix this some how with out making that drive. Its a Sony a300 (my brother’s). Also, any tips on how to avoid this in the future? I really don’t want to wait until spring to use my camera again. Thanks for any help.

    Avatar of Rich

    Remove the battery, loosely wrap it in paper towels, place it in a ziplock bag with some rice. Ensure that the rice cannot get into the camera. Leave it in there for a day or two, thee to be safe.

    This is what my friend did to fix her cell phone after it fell into a stream. I don’t remember if it actually worked or not, but the idea is that the rice will act as a desiccant. I’d imagine if it turns on at all it’ll be OK once it dries out. But it’s hard to say.

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