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Old Jun 4, 2010, 9:30 AM   #1
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So on our recent trip to Big Sur we went whale watching on the ocean, the water was rough and there was a surprising amount of fine spray. I protected the panasonic ZS3 as much as I could and kept it in it's case when I wasn't using it. I kept checking it, it never seemed to get damp, but I am concerned about whether any spray could have gotten on the lens or in the camera, and what I can do to make sure it's okay. Our sunglasses were coated with hardened salt spray when the tour was over, I wonder if any could have gotten into the lens while I had it open taking pictures of the whales. The camera seems okay and the pictures I took after the tour seem fine. Should I just assume it's fine or is there some maintenance I should do after it's been potentially been exposed to salt water spray?
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Old Jun 4, 2010, 2:31 PM   #2
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Your sunglasses were constantly subjected to the spray; it sounds like your camera was only exposed to it for multiple, but very short periods. I would clean well, using products and methods recommended by the manufacturer, but beyond that, I wouldn't be concerned.
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Old Jun 5, 2010, 10:33 AM   #3
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That is where a protective UV filter over the lens becomes very useful, if it can be installed.

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Old Jun 5, 2010, 8:21 PM   #4
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I looked at the lens carefully and indeed there were small specks all over it. I had feared that because the boat was rocking and the whales were moving and I did need to leave the camera open to try to even get the whale in the frame at times. (after all that, very few good pictures, conditions were too challenging, but a fun trip anyway). Anyway, I brought the camera in to a full service camera speciality store that we have here in Sacramento, and they cleaned the lens for me for free and it looks like the day I bought it. Hooray!
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I am happy to hear a happy ending to the salt water problem. All the best.

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