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Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???

Sunk in mud up to my knees yesterday while trying to photograph close to a lake.  I was holding my camera with the lens pointing skyward, but the bottom left side of my camera went into the mud.  Is it ruined?  I have it drying right now hoping the mud will dry and I can brush it off.   

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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???

Only time will tell, but if it's just a quick dip in mud I would expect the 7D to be fine.  Take out the battery, clean off all that you can with a damp rag and old toothbrush, and let it dry thoroughly.

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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???

Assuming that the camera was in good condition before the accident and that it remains functional after it dries ...

If the mud got into any of the buttons or dials, you might want to send it to Canon to be professionally cleaned. If the dirt were to get ground in deeper, it could cause you problems later.

Bob
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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???

Don't turn it on.  Let it dry.  Clean it off.  And, forget it, it will be fine.

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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???

Thanks for all of the suggestions! I let it dry for a couple of days and then cleaned it with a damp cloth after using a soft toothbrush to get some of the bigger pieces of dried mud/silt. I turned it on and it seems to be working properly, but the dials are a bit stiff. I may send it off to Canon if the dials don't loosen up. Thanks again!! Smiley Very Happy
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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???


@JMomOhio wrote:
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I let it dry for a couple of days and then cleaned it with a damp cloth after using a soft toothbrush to get some of the bigger pieces of dried mud/silt. I turned it on and it seems to be working properly, but the dials are a bit stiff. I may send it off to Canon if the dials don't loosen up. Thanks again!! Smiley Very Happy

Muddy water damage is notoriously corrosive and you should have your camera service ASAP. The dirt granuals in suspension can penetrate hinges and dials leading to premature (read EXPENSIVE) repairs. Better to just bite the bullet and let the Canon staff give it a thorough cleaning.

 

Good luck.

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Re: Fell in the mud with my Canon 7D :( Is it ruined???


@cale_kat wrote:

@JMomOhio wrote:
Thanks for all of the suggestions! I let it dry for a couple of days and then cleaned it with a damp cloth after using a soft toothbrush to get some of the bigger pieces of dried mud/silt. I turned it on and it seems to be working properly, but the dials are a bit stiff. I may send it off to Canon if the dials don't loosen up. Thanks again!! Smiley Very Happy

Muddy water damage is notoriously corrosive and you should have your camera service ASAP. The dirt granuals in suspension can penetrate hinges and dials leading to premature (read EXPENSIVE) repairs. Better to just bite the bullet and let the Canon staff give it a thorough cleaning.

 

Good luck.


I agree completely. Unless it was once dropped on a concrete floor or something, a 7D is too good a camera to just write off.

Bob
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA
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