Will the air conditioner kills my camera?

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  1. izon90

    izon90 TPF Noob!

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    I kept my Nikon D40x in a hand-bag and put it in my closet. I left it here for about 2 weeks... When I took it out yesterday, I can see the water on my lens and my camera's LCD screen... it's little tiny water which I believe it's come from the air... Because we always keep the air conditioner running... Will the cold air kills my camera? That's what I am afraid about because my camera's shutter speed is not working any more... Maybe I didn't set the correct shutter speed... I am totally new to photography.
     
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    Is the water actually inside? Sounds like you'd want to contact the manufacturer about that question. I would cease using it immediately until you figure out what you need to do. It sounds like you might have condensation in your camera somehow...if you use it you might possibly fry some circuits.

    Good luck.
     
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    uh yeah...I wouldn't use it until you get it checked out!
     
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    Air conditioning is not bad for a camera, but closets can be. This doesn't mean that everyone run to their closet and get the camera out, but...

    The purpose of air conditioning is to, well, condition the air. It removes humidity. If you have your camera somewhere where the temperature is cool from ambient conditions, but the air is not allowed to circulate in order to be "conditioned", any humidity in that air will condense on cooler surfaces, like metal & glass parts of a camera.

    That is why I keep a desiccant in my firearms safe. The safe is sealed when closed, but will still cool down due to the ambient air being cooler around it in the basement. When the metal of the firearms cool down, the moisture in the air contained in the safe would condense on the them, causing them to rust. A closet may not be sealed, per se, but if you are putting shoes in there, for example, the moisture eventually evaporates off, only to collect on something that is cooler, which metal and glass is especially good for.
     
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    I am not sure whether there is water inside my camera. But it's function quiet well except the shutter speed, no matter how i adjust shutter speed, it's just won't working. it always is the same speed.

    How am I going to contact the manufacturer? Send them a email or go to the shop store where I bought the camera and ask them for information?
     
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    Thanks for the advice.. It looks like I should get some desiccant from some where. Maybe I can just take some out from food packages. Some food packages do have desiccant in there.
     
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    Condensation inside is not bad... put it somewhere that it can dry out.

    Mold is another thing that needs to be watched for thanks to prolonged condensation and air contaminants exposure.
     
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    Perhaps your battery might be low from sitting?
     
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    You know what, BEFORE we remolded our house one closet used to get MOLD. Even though we had AC. its because the air didn`t circulate right. You may have too much humidity in that closet. Our closet was a BAY that sort of jet out as an over hang from our house and it was humid. I would suggest that you take off your lens, let your camera air out and let your camera bag air out and find a better home for it. AC if fine for your stuff but THAT closet is not. its too humid. for now keep the lid on your bag a little open for air to circulate but find a better closet. use a closet thats on an inside wall of the house and not an outside wall. AC removes moisture so since you had moisture you must have had you bag in a humid closet and didn`t realize it because its hard to detect on things like fabric but on metal or glass its easily seen.

    i would think it will dry out, after all it got in. but what do i know. then find a different place to store it. do you have a closet with louver doors, that would have air circulation?
     
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    Nope. I didn't have such one. But I find the solution, I just opened few food bags and pick out some desiccant and put it in my camera bag. It looks fine right now.
     
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    I don't want to get way off topic but I did want to comment that you're the kind of "gun guy" that I like and will support.
     
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    Your problem is not air conditioning but, rather, lack of air conditioning in the closet. I fully agree with the other posters. If I were you, I'd contact Nikon and get more specific advice from them. Yes, this may cost you but, if you wait, it will cost more.
     

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