Warning on Remote Release Cord

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Sidney Friedman, Apr 2, 2006.

  1. I recently purchased a MC-DC1 Remote release Cord, from Wolf Camera, for my
    Nikon D70s camera. Much to my surprise it arrived with the following
    warning: "Handling the cord on this product will expose you to lead, a
    chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects or other
    reproductive harm. WASH HANDS AFTER HANDLING"

    Not being female the birth defects part doesn't bother me. However, has
    anyone who has used this remote cord experienced any health problems due to
    handling the cord? I have used remote cords with my 35MM film camera before
    but none came with this warning.
    Sidney Friedman, Apr 2, 2006
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    Scott W Guest

    The choice is clear, best to stay out of the state of California.

    Scott W, Apr 2, 2006
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  3. Seems typically Californian to me - issue notices about microscopic lead
    particles, while homosexuals in San Francisco bugger each other senseless
    without a thought for HIV.
    Limited Liability, Apr 3, 2006
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    george Guest

    It is just about the lead in the solder (typical California mountain out of
    a molehill)...don't lick or swallow your remote, or your camera, or your TV,
    or your stereo, etc., etc., etc. Europe is beginning to require lead-free
    solder so you'll probably see the California warnings disappear for awhile
    until new hazards are detected in the new manufacturing processes.
    george, Apr 3, 2006
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    Tom Guest

    Child Dies of Lead Poisoning from Metal Charm

    and yet, our (States Rights!) Federal government / corporate slaves will do this to our state strengthened food labeling:

    Food-safety labeling bill advances
    By Seattle Times news services

    WASHINGTON — The House
    approved legislation Wednesday that would standardize food-safety
    labeling requirements across the country, a move critics said would
    replace some strong state standards with weaker federal ones......
    Tom, Apr 3, 2006
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    corks Guest

    wasnt there an article about how lead free solder, requires more heat to
    melt it - there by making it less energy efficeint/more costly to use and
    that the fumes given off by lead free solder were worse than those of lead
    solder ...
    corks, Apr 3, 2006
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    george Guest

    Haven't read any articles (been involuntarily out of the business for
    awhile), but any fumes wouldn't really be a concern because most soldering
    today (due to surface mount devices) is done in a reflow oven which means
    that it is enclosed...exhausting fumes and disposing of them shouldn't be
    too difficult and likely not too costly (depending on WHAT is in the fumes).
    Higher heat requirements would be a concern as one must already be quite
    careful not to damage components (primarily discrete semiconductors,
    electro-mechanical devices, and connectors).

    george, Apr 3, 2006
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    Charles Guest

    I do believe it's not the solder, but lead in the insulation of the
    wire itself.

    From one manufacturer's web site:

    Q: I noticed the warning label on your product says, “Handling the
    coated electrical wires of this product exposes you to lead.” Is it

    A: The labeling is required to comply with a new regulation
    mandated by the state of California, which had taken issue with trace
    levels of lead typically found in the PVC coating of the electrical
    wire. This type of wiring is found on nearly everything you plug-in
    including your computer and other appliances. You will start to see
    this label on electrical products as well. It should be noted that it
    is not the lead content in the products that has changed only the
    labeling regulation, that has changed. On our Sheer Glow™ lighted
    ribbon product, the labeling applies to the light cord not the ribbon
    material. Although the labeling is only required in California, all of
    our electrical products will include this label since it is impossible
    to control the distribution.

    California law requires notification if products are hazardous,
    regardless of how great the hazard is. If you don't want to know,
    then don't read the labels. Almost any wire in consumer products will
    have this warning.
    Charles, Apr 3, 2006
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    Matt Clara Guest

    That's why they're replacing the lead with gold. Problem solved, but, boy
    that stuff sure is expensive!
    Matt Clara, Apr 3, 2006
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    tomm42 Guest

    Had an interesting read in my Nikon 995 manual, paraphrased " Warning,
    don't use the neck strap around your neck, may cause choking."

    tomm42, Apr 3, 2006
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    aldopignotti Guest

    I just back back from a trip to California. I don't
    I was in a single hotel or restaurant that didn't
    have a big warning label on it. Something like:


    I'm thinking liberal hysteria.
    aldopignotti, Apr 3, 2006
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    Robert Brace Guest

    How in the name of all that is Holy would one come in contact with the
    solder joints in "normal" cord handling. It reminds me of the bathroom
    signs in some areas that warn you not to take a bath & use the electric
    hairdryer at the same time!! That always struck me as the perfect way to
    eliminate those who, left unchecked, might go on to lower the IQ level of
    the World's gene pool.
    Robert Brace, Apr 3, 2006
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    Jim Redelfs Guest

    You wouldn't.

    That doesn't matter to the liberal lawmakers in California.

    Those brainless twits ignored the fact that when inundated with warnings,
    those warnings are eventually ignored, negating ANY benefit that might come of
    a worthwhile warning. Translation: Because of their overkill, MORE - not
    fewer - people may eventually be injured because they have turned a blind eye
    to the myriad "cry wolf" safety warnings they see.
    That right up there with Braille on the input buttons of a drive-up ATM.
    What you are referring to, you horrible *NAZI*, is Social Darwinism.

    It is a theory to which I ascribe, making me a Nazi, too.

    Take the federally-mandated, deadman control (kill switch) on lawnmowers...

    It goes something like this: Stupid people, particularly those stupid enough
    to be seriously injured by sticking their hand(s) under a running lawn mower,
    statistically "enjoy" a lower level of health care. Given that, they will die
    sooner and, as such, more quickly remove their lesser genes from the pool.

    By placing artificial safety controls in place, particularly those devices and
    warnings that are not necessary to the more intelligent segments of society,
    we are interfering with the "normal" process by which stupid genes are more
    quickly eliminated.

    You'll notice, however, that I did not - and DO NOT - recommend that stupid
    people be SELECTED for elimination by another person, entity or government.
    They should be allowed to self-destruct on their own time table given the same
    chance to prosper (and be safe) as everyone else.

    Nobody is forcing them to take a bath with a plugged-in blow dryer or stick
    their hands under a running lawn mower. If, however, they are bound and
    determined to do it, we should let them.

    There. Let the flames begin.
    Jim Redelfs, Apr 3, 2006
  14. Keeping stupid people alive has certain economic benefits. There is
    lots of money to be made by selling them lottery tickets, for
    instance. They are also less likely to negotiate a good salary for
    themselves, saving employers lots of money.

    Now the question is, is it more cynical to let idiots kill themselves,
    or to keep them safe only to make some money?
    Måns Rullgård, Apr 3, 2006
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    Mike Coon Guest

    As it happens, some years ago a bright ex-colleague of mine lost part of two
    fingers by doing exactly that. (He may have re-started it accidentally.) He
    was not mollified by my suggesting that now he could "do fractions" when
    counting on his fingers, or make a lower-case V-sign...

    I believe that intelligent people have more difficulty learning to drive.
    (Or is it just me? After years of recreational use of lead/tin solder?) But
    they may be better at it thereafter.

    Intelligence isn't a simple factor, not should we expect it to be. Even if

    Mike Coon, Apr 3, 2006
  16. Guess no one has ever driven a blind person to the bank in the back seat of
    their car.
    Bob Harrington, Apr 4, 2006
  17. WARNING:

    California is hazardous to your health.
    Bob Harrington, Apr 4, 2006
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    Roger Guest

    Is that why I peel off all those labels? Here I thought it was just
    because I don't like labels on my equipment.

    Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
    (N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
    Roger, Apr 4, 2006
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    G.T. Guest

    I was going to say that because I have. But there are other reasons,
    too, it's cheaper to make one model ATM than two models.

    G.T., Apr 4, 2006
  20. Bathroom sign: WET PAINT!!
    Scrawled graffiti: (This is not a request)

    Kennedy McEwen, Apr 4, 2006
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