Help, daughter grabbed camera

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by Stormlady, Apr 6, 2005.

  1. Stormlady

    Stormlady Guest

    I have a Nikon CP 5600 and tonight for a split second, my 5 month old
    managed to grab it and get the lens in her mouth. I was holding her at the
    time she grabbed it and it may have been in her mouth a half second but now
    the lens is not working right, everything is very blurred, hard to describe
    really, it looks like there is a screen in front of the lens blocking all
    the shots, it picks up light and dark, but that's really about it,
    absolutely no detail at all.

    Does anyone know what might have caused this (yes I know my daughter having
    it in her mouth caused it) Is it probably condensation? Can I expect it to
    go away, or will I have to take it to the camera shop to get fixed?

    I guess if it has to go to the shop, my warrenty won't cover this :-(

    Thanks for any help

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    Stormlady, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    First thing to try is to clean the lens. Get a microfiber cloth or lenspen
    from the camera dept at k-mart, waltmart or local camera store.
    Ed Ruf, Apr 6, 2005
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  3. Stormlady

    Stormlady Guest

    Thanks, I'll get a cloth or lenspen tomorrow and try that. I don't know
    what a lenspen is, but I'm sure if I ask, they'll tell me at the store.
    Stormlady, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    I get mine at the local Ritz Camera for ~$10.
    Ed Ruf, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Clean the outside of the lens to get the saliva, and milk off of it, and
    then let it set overnight to see if it clears up. And don't try to free
    the camera to the baby next time. Milk is much better for her. Grin.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 6, 2005
  6. I'm very pleased with a "3M Scotch-Brite Microfiber Cloth" I found in
    at my local hardware store [Canadian Tire Corp].

    There's a "3M Microfiber Lens Cleaning Cloth" available but I have yet
    to find one.

    Both products can be seen at 3M Canada here:

    Hap Shaughnessy, Apr 6, 2005
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    Fifty Hertz Guest

    Does anyone know what might have caused this (yes I know my daughter
    It would be helpful to know what food was in her mouth directly before the
    contamination. Sugars, even in tiny amounts, dry to a hard haze and
    sometimes do not dissolve completely in the usual cleaning 'solvents'.

    Good luck.
    Fifty Hertz, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ben Thomas Guest

    Highly likely it was vomit. Sorry.

    Ben Thomas, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Oh good, some acid, and probably some milk. Could that etch a lens coating?
    Ron Hunter, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    I might also suggest that maybe it isn't gunk on the lens (since
    the focus sounds so bad) but one of two things:

    1) a setting, such as 'auto/manual' focus has been changed
    2) the internal focussing mechanism is buggered, maybe by impact?

    You should be able to see gunk on the lens if you look closely
    at it. If not, perhaps a nice competent clerk at a camera shop
    will help you see whether it's #1 or #2 otherwise. (So to speak).
    Ken Tough, Apr 6, 2005
  11. Is there a sensor up front that could be clogged?

    Matt Silberstein

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    Matt Silberstein, Apr 6, 2005
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    Stormlady Guest

    Thanks everyone, the camera actually seems to be ok today (thankfully) I am
    going to get a microfiber cloth or the lenspen just in case of future
    mishaps. From now on I will be more aware of just how fast a baby can move
    when something grabs their attention.
    Stormlady, Apr 6, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    If you are lucky, maybe she didn't like the way it tasted and will
    remember. Just forget the macro mode for a while. Grin.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 7, 2005
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    Ken Tough Guest

    Was it grubbed up, or was it just "finger trouble" and a bit
    of panic mixed together?
    Ken Tough, Apr 7, 2005
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    Ron Hunter Guest

    Suggest it, and someone will probably make one. Grin.
    Ron Hunter, Apr 7, 2005
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