D300 mishap, WOW...

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joelacefield Contributing Member • Posts: 895
D300 mishap, WOW...

I had my D300 on a tripod in my boat, taking a self-portrait with a fish.... My dog managed to knock the whole setup overboard into the river... no insurance, nothing...

I launched myself to the sinking camera and tripod and was able to get it before it sank to 12 feet of water, somehow... it was maybe a foot under water when I caught the neck strap.

It was on, I immediately turned it off, and pulled the battery. I got home pulled the CF card and opened all the rubber plugs and took the lens off. Water was inside the camera through the 18-55 kit lens.

After 4 days of drying the LCD and viewfinder finally "unfogged". I put the battery and card in, everything appears to work flawlessly!!! I fully expect to eventually have corrosion issues...

I've had a P&S camera die from moisture simply from taking it out of an air-conditioned vehicle to photo on a hot humid day...

DO NOT try this at home!!!!!
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Darkcity Regular Member • Posts: 161
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Sounds like a good time to put it in for a service, if you can afford it. Stop any corrosion issues developing.

thomas2279 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,876
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

ditto; pretty lucky none the less - time for a new dog too..
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eyeport Regular Member • Posts: 276
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

This comment is so funny. lol...
it seems like there's been a lot of news about how well built D300 is.

thomas2279 wrote:

ditto; pretty lucky none the less - time for a new dog too..
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Firestorm2000 Regular Member • Posts: 355
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Wow - I think the best advice is stay well clear or Tripods; they seem to be involved in a significant number of incidents involving expensive hardware falling down cliffs and into water so often.

Stick to hand-held and keep your strap round your kneck to keep your camera safe.
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quicklook2 Contributing Member • Posts: 978
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

"takes a dippin' and keeps on clicken'."

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Elixir Contributing Member • Posts: 679
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Go buy insurance NOW.

squeamish Senior Member • Posts: 2,268
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On the 4th I was shooting fireworks from a concrete ledge about 30 feet above the river. After everything was over I packed up my bag (a backpack, actually), made a phone call, and picked up my bag to leave...

...at which point I realized I had not zipped it up. Sent my D300, D40, 17-55, 18-200, 30/1.4, and SB-900 skittering across the concrete towards the river. Luckily nothing fell in.

The ledge:

http://www.bing.com/maps/default.aspx?v=2&FORM=LMLTCP&cp=pdkbp575n9tw&style=b&lvl=2&tilt=-90&dir=0&alt=-1000&phx=0&phy=0&phscl=1&scene=37174773&encType=1

The river is a bit higher now than in that shot, my gear would have definitely been underwater.

bob clearlight Contributing Member • Posts: 515
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Mom taught me to always keep it zipped up!
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azguy Veteran Member • Posts: 7,599
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Man, lucky! But time for service to check it out, and as said, buy insurance.
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gtv2000 Regular Member • Posts: 130
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Did anybody else see Thom's comments about his survey and how D300 owners are clumsy? I read the night I got back to my hotel room after the camera going over the cliff. I guess the survey reflects reality based on this thread....

fudgebrown Senior Member • Posts: 2,639
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Any updates? How's the camera doing now?

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ripcat Forum Member • Posts: 79
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Nikon builds them well, alright- I dropped my D70 onto a partially frozen creek several years ago and watched it skitter across the ice towards open water. It ended up partially submerged and thoroughly splashed over. Dried it off and it was fine for the next 3 years / 24000 shutter clicks (and probably still going strong with its new owner).

ikw101 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Sorry to spoil the love-in

Please consider yourself extremely fortunate. I was caught in a thunderstorm and foolishly decided to put the D300 into a "waterproof" rucksack. Unfortunately the water got in through the zip and ran down the inside of the rucksack leaving the D300 sat in a puddle of water. After sending it off to Nikon UK the latest repair estimate now stands at £631.24 and the job may be re-estimated if further faults are found during repair !

Labour Billable £149.06
1S570-005 TFT MONITOR £116.21
1F998-379 BOTTOM COVER UNIT £ 2.84
1F998-628
1K603-173 RETAINER £2.26
1S020-495 CF BASE PLATE UNIT £24.36
1S705-982 CONNECTION FPC £2.84
1C999-575 DG PCB SHIELD PLATE UNIT £2.84
Estimate Total £548.90
Tax Amount £82.34
Total £631.24

Water can and unfortunately does get in behind the protective cover of the LCD. Unfortunately it appears the sealant used to fix the LCD in place is not waterproof.

Wayne Cornell Regular Member • Posts: 345
Re: Sorry to spoil the love-in

I guess I'm too careful. In about 50 years I have had one camera, a Nikon F, take a serious spill. Rolled it down a gravel road when I let go of the neck strap while swinging the camera while walking (I have no idea why I did that). Camera rolled about 10 yards. I picked it up, dusted it off and used it for three more years--it did have a small dent in the top of the FTn finder.

Nick_W Regular Member • Posts: 195
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

There must be something with us D300 users. I'd had mine a month, when taking some coastal shots, I got caught by a wave that swept the tripod,camera and grads into the sea. Despite drying it out immediately as you did, I wasn't as fortunate.

When I contacted Nikon and ask what I should do, all they said was get a spade dig a big whole and have a burial service, quite funny now looking back on it - not quite so funny at the time with almost £2K of equiptment, that my insurance company refused to pay out on - it almost made me swithch to Canon. To qualify it was my home insurance, I've now insured all camera equiptment seperatly !! Expensive lesson!
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Robbie C Regular Member • Posts: 143
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Wow... so many accidents with the d300. This is the second thread that i've read about d300 accident after just 2 days of signing up for this forum.

ikw101 Junior Member • Posts: 38
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

Robbie C wrote:

Wow... so many accidents with the d300. This is the second thread that i've read about d300 accident after just 2 days of signing up for this forum.

Just goes to prove how intrepid D300 users are.

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tyoung Veteran Member • Posts: 8,375
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Nick_W wrote:

There must be something with us D300 users. I'd had mine a month, when taking some coastal shots, I got caught by a wave that swept the tripod,camera and grads into the sea. Despite drying it out immediately as you did, I wasn't as fortunate.

That's sad to hear. With a dunk in freshwater, there's always some chance of having everything dry down with a good outcome. In comparison, saltwater may as well be battery acid although some have succeeded in saving equipment from utter destruction by transferring it to a good freshwater soak before letting things dry out, but deliberately dunking an expensive piece of electronics into a tank of water, however fresh and clean that water may be, is a pretty desperate move in and of itself. Personally, I'm not in a very big hurry to try that out.

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Aotearoa Regular Member • Posts: 199
Re: D300 mishap, WOW...

It's like when you tell your kids when they get their first car - for goodness sake, you're much more important ; it's just plastic, rubber and metal ... it's replaceable .

Glad to hear everyone's out there taking photos; we don't buy them to be cuddled and kept warm.

(Sickening $$$ feeling when you damage your camera, though. Still ... it forces a a few decisions re. upgrade etc!)

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