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Drop in a Splash – Expensive Outing

American Avocet at Bolivar Flats Audubon Shorebird Sanctuary

When using a high shutter speed, sometimes the splash is more interesting than the shorebird.  I always start shooting when their head starts going towards the water as you never know what you may capture.  In this case, the frozen splash also shows a cool water drop.

As mentioned in my previous post about becoming “one with the flock”, my 1DXIII camera got wet from the salt water lapping at the bottom of my camera after the tide came in while I way laying on my stomach with shooting from my ground pod.  After that outing, had some issues with my fully charged camera batteries being fully discharged before I took one shot with them.  Would put another battery in and it worked fine.

Sent my camera to Canon to have them check it out.  My salt water encounter ended up costing me a $1,200 repair bill.  Canon described the issue as: “The bottom multi-controller on the back cover is stuck and will not move. At this time the PCB ASS’Y, MAIN W/LI BATT and COVER ASS’Y, BACK will be replaced.”  Apparently, it got dunked a little more than I thought in the salt water.

Will it make me think twice about doing it again next time?  Nope.

1/2000 @ F11, ISO 2000, evaluative metering, -1/3 exposure compensation, 700mm (500+1.4X) from ground pod, minor cropping

2 responses

  1. leasafley

    Hi Tim. Well, $1,200 is not a “drop in the bucket”, it’s more like half a bucket! Always good to have double-digit frames per second for these splash shots!

    May 24, 2021 at 6:36 pm

  2. Hey Lea. It’s my highest price repair so far. Debating on using insurance or not as I will likely top it one of these days. I’m loving the 16 fps on my newer 1DX.

    May 24, 2021 at 7:24 pm

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