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Old April 12th, 2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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condensation problem

I got a NX5 late last year, at the time i only had the chance to run it for small amounts of time due to other stuff going on.

After christmas i was doing a little documentary for a local school and about 15 minutes in to filming i noticed (to my horror) that the image was all blurry and difficult to see, i checked the usual things exposure, focus etc. turned it to auto everything, cleaned the front of the lens still the same, i noticed then that there was condensation on the inside of the lens (see photograph). I've never experienced this before.

By the time i got home the condensation had disappeared. i ran the cam again and sure enough it reappeared after about 15 - 18 minutes. About 10 minutes after powering down it was gone again, i got my other cam Sony HXR-MC2000E and ran them side by side for a hour or two just to see if they'd both exhibit the same condition, also examined all my lenses and other cameras, all appeared ok except the NX5.

The company i got it from advised to run it for about 6 or 7 hours and see if the heat build up would get rid of the condensation, i did that and apparently it cleared and was vented out, i also stored it later with a few silica packets which hopefully has done the job.
Its been fine since.

Anyone ever experience anything like that? and more importantly is there any chance of this happening again?


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Old April 12th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #2
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Re: condensation problem

Rob...this is a common phenomena. I believe it has something to do with the temperature of the lens reaching 'RH' and 'dew-point'. It usually happens when you take a camera out into the heat from the Air-Conditioning. I don't know where you live, but in FLA this can be a problem, causing mold-growth on camera lenses. I usually let my camera acclimate slowly to the environment. Do not, under any circumstances try to 'force' it to go away using a 'hair-dryer', or the like. And yes, it might happen again. See link below.

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Old April 12th, 2012, 05:31 PM   #3
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Re: condensation problem

thanks James,
yeah i had considered the temperature and all that and there wasnt any dramatic changes the cam would have been exposed to. I live in Ireland but at the time this occurred there wasn't huge changes in the weather.
The other thing that puzzled me was when i ran the other cam beside the NX5 the other one wasn't effected.

It sort of threw me when it did happen on a shoot, lucky thing i was able to just power down and resume later. I'd hate for this to happen on a mission critical situation such as a wedding, where theres no way to re-shoot.

anyway live and learn

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