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Old July 3rd, 2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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took the fx1 out to parasailing was on the boat most of the time. got a lot of salt spray on it and smells like the beach now. got great shots. how do i go about cleaning the exterior of it wanna get the salt off.

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Old July 3rd, 2005, 12:29 PM   #2
 
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First, consider yourself lucky that the camera still functions. Salt spray, sand, and electronics do not mix at all.

Wipe it down with alcohol cleaning cloths, and you'll need a whole lotta these to do it. The popup boxes of these for electronics is a good starting point. Frankly, I'd probably send it in to Sony.
Hope that the lens coating wasn't damaged. Hope that the heads didn't see any of that salt spray.
Next time, consider putting the cam in a ziplock bag or something similar to protect it, IMO.
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 01:30 PM   #3
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First, consider yourself lucky that the camera still functions. Salt spray, sand, and electronics do not mix at all.

Wipe it down with alcohol cleaning cloths, and you'll need a whole lotta these to do it. The popup boxes of these for electronics is a good starting point. Frankly, I'd probably send it in to Sony.
Hope that the lens coating wasn't damaged. Hope that the heads didn't see any of that salt spray.
Next time, consider putting the cam in a ziplock bag or something similar to protect it, IMO.

thanks for the tip...kinda hard to shoot in a plastic bag. i know i will regret it but i got some great shots!! i should invest in those camera covers huh. so far the fx1 works fine.
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It's not as hard as you'd think, to shoot through a plastic bag. I do this all the time with the MotoX stuff we shoot. The only exposed part of the cam is the lens hood, and I keep a Sky 1A on the lens all the time to prevent problems.
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Old July 3rd, 2005, 01:51 PM   #5
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It's not as hard as you'd think, to shoot through a plastic bag. I do this all the time with the MotoX stuff we shoot. The only exposed part of the cam is the lens hood, and I keep a Sky 1A on the lens all the time to prevent problems.
this would've done the job

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A light underwater housing like that would have been perfect. You never know when you're going to get drenched on a boat. If you can't get the housing, you can always cut a couple of slits in a garbage bag, one for the lens, one for the viewfinder, making sure you have a protective filter, such as a UV1, on the lens.
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