My cameras take a beating.
On a trip to the Deschutes I dunked my Nikon D300s so badly that when I took the lens off, water poured out of the body. I was sure it was done but I pulled the battery out and set it in the sun and after a few hours it came back to life. The lens needed repair but the body seems fine.
I’m not recommending that you take your camera for a swim but good quality DSLRs like Nikons and Canons will take a lot of punishment. The one thing they can not take is salt water. I got away with a little dunk in the Deschutes but the salt spray and even the air in the Keys or the Bahamas can be deadly.
When I’m working around salt water I take great pains cleaning my gear. It only takes a few minutes but this ritual can save you a bundle. Your camera is an investment that’s worth protecting. Besides, it’s likely to die just when you’re trying to get a photo of your first thirty inch trout or hundred pound tarpon.
Check out this video. It’ll show you how I handle my camera cleaning and maintenance when I’m shooting in the salt.
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