My D4 broke in the rain

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NClens
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My D4 broke in the rain
May 10, 2012

I was carting my son around in the rain and put my camera underneath the stroller (unfortunately I left it on). After a 15 minute walk, it was clear that rain collected into a small puddle at the bottom of the stroller, and the camera looked wet when I took it out. None of the LCDs were operational, the camera wouldn't take pictures, and the back lighting for the buttons was on!

Water seeped into the battery door, because it dripped out from that compartment when I removed the battery. My attached 24-70 had zero water and there was zero water that I could see in the main part of the body when I took off the lens.

Granted, the camera isn't supposed to be water proof and most of it held up well, but Nikon should have sealed the battery door better. Morale of the story is don't let a D4 sit in any kind of puddle, even a small one.

I'm now waiting for a repair estimate from Nikon, which I assume won't be cheap

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Ouch!! Sorry to hear... they don't make good strollers
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

any more

Seriously though, I would expect the battery compartment to be not that well sealed as in previous bodies, but in the least, that compartment then should be sealed from the rest of the camera!

Good luck with estimate... hopefully they consider it a complete loss and your insurance could cover a new one. I would never trust that camera again !
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Mat Miller
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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

DID YOU TRY LEAVING OUT IN THE SUN TO DRY FIRST? That's always fixed my wet electronics.... Im sorry to hear that man.

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In reply to Mat Miller, May 10, 2012

That is bummer. So sorry to hear that and thanks for letting us know.
I used my D3 many times in the rain and never had any problems.
But true is that water did not get into battery compartment
Good luck and hope that the fix will not cost you arms and legs

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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to Mat Miller, May 10, 2012

That method worked twice for my soaked cell phones and once for a bluetooth ear piece which went thru the cloths washer. They all came back to life and worked well .
It costs you nothing but a little time ,and may well solve your problem.
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unfrozencaveman
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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to jack oconnor, May 10, 2012

I just went through something similar with an electronic device and reading up on possible solutions I can across suggestions to additionally use either packs of silica gel or rice to help absorb any moisture - it might do to put either of these in the battery compartment - provided it can't find it's way inside the camera. Good luck.

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NClens
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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to Mat Miller, May 10, 2012

Thanks, I would have tried that but the weather forecast called for overcast skies and I thought it would be better just to send back to Nikon versus wait a couple of days for the sun to peek out.

Aside from the battery compartment, everywhere else in the camera looked completely dry. Importantly, the main portion of the camera with the mechanicals and focusing mechanism looked dry. So, hopefully, the camera isn't a total loss.

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NClens
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Re: Ouch!! Sorry to hear... they don't make good strollers
In reply to gonzalu, May 10, 2012

Everywhere else in the camera looked dry, so the battery compartment may be sealed from the rest of the body. I guess I'll see what Nikon says when they contact me regarding the repairs.

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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to unfrozencaveman, May 10, 2012

Yup, I stuffed silica gel into the battery compartment. Unfortunately, that didn't work.

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Re: Ouch!! Sorry to hear... they don't make good strollers
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

I hope it won't cost you too much. Those bodies are weatherproof just not suitable for swimming or leaving them in a puddle of water.

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did you say stroller?
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

Just curious if you shoot any paid work or not?

also curious how deep this puddle was?

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Re: My D4 broke in the rain
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

You sure the issue is shorted/dead battery and the camera isn't fine?

If water is only in the battery area and bad things happened I would think that shorted battery is the most likely thing.

Second would be damaged terminals

Third and most worrisome if mositure got into the other areas of the body with lots of electronics.

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AlexMegremis
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In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

Take it in for repairs ASAP.

Your two enemies are (1) shorted electronics from the presence of water, and (2) corrosion forming on those same affected parts. This can happen very quickly.

Unfortunately if this is water damage, the camera will always be suspect in the eyes of your insurer, so I suggest you push for a write off. No policy covers corrosion, but they will cover storm damage, which is what I'd push this as.

Best of luck to you.

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NClens
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Re: did you say stroller?
In reply to nick kessler, May 10, 2012

Strollers usually have baskets underneath them. I put my camera in the basket and rain water collected in it. Puddle means a thin pool of water well below 1 inch, although I imagine it sloshed around as I was moving.

No, the stroller wasn't part of any job. I had the camera nearby and decided to take it with me to take some pictures of my son's swimming lesson.

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Re: did you say stroller?
In reply to NClens, May 10, 2012

Thanks for that, I was just about to shove my D4 underwater in the rain. Hmmm I thought for sure the camera would be OK if I soaked it underwater in the rain.

Thanks for the warning.

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Jim Dougherty
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In reply to Mat Miller, May 10, 2012

Same here. I dropped my G2 into a creek and the LCD went haywire. So I opened up all doors and left it in the sun. It was fine in 36 hours.
No sun? Try the oven with the light on.

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Chaz f64
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Re: Ouch!! Sorry to hear... they don't make good strollers
In reply to gonzalu, May 10, 2012

Wow - I hope insurance will certainly NOT cover a loss due to negligence. It will make premiums rise for the rest of their more careful customers.

Expensive lesson - treat expensive equipment with a normal level of care.

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Chaz f64
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Re: My advice...
In reply to AlexMegremis, May 10, 2012

Storm damage!?

Gross negligence is more likely. Sorry - we will not cover loss.

I'm surprised at how easily posters want to have someone else pay for their own carelessness (some might say stupidity.)

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Re: did you say stroller?
In reply to Event_shooter, May 10, 2012

Event_shooter wrote:

Thanks for that, I was just about to shove my D4 underwater in the rain. Hmmm I thought for sure the camera would be OK if I soaked it underwater in the rain.

Thanks for the warning.

While I am sympathetic to any photographer damaging his camera, a minimum degree of care needs to exercised. $6000 thrown naked under a stroller in the rain? I don't know how I could begin to explain that to myself let alone my wife, but $6000 to me may be like $60 to someone else.

NClens wrote:

My D700 has survived drops onto concrete. ... The D4 has better weather sealing and just holding mine, I can tell it's much more sturdy.

This is why I never buy used...

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Re: did you say stroller?
In reply to Patrick McMahon, May 10, 2012

Ouch! Good luck with that one. Let us know how it turns out.
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