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#1 Rebel

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 06:18 AM

I just pulled an older Nikon DSLR out of my camera bag and I discovered that the rubberised areas such as the handgrip have gone tacky. They seem to be perishing because cleaning with mild soapy water hasn't improved anything.

The problem is fairly recent because I have been using it off and on, it wasn't just sitting in a cupboard gathering dust for the past few years.

Does anybody else have this problem with older camera bodies and if so do you have any tips on what to do?
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Posted 07 October 2015 - 06:47 AM

I had that same problem happen on an F90 and even had to replace the rear door because the rubber had come away from the door itself. I don't know of a cure or any way to get the rubber back to non-tackyness but I do know that storing gear with silica gel packs does help to keep it from happening initially. Any time I get anything that has a silica gel pack of reasonable size in it I keep it and toss it into my storage cabinet. They can be regenerated in an oven for continued use.

 

You may be able to order the rubberized covering from Nikon and replace it.

 

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 07:10 AM

You can try Nikon, doesn't hurt. The most recent camera to go "WE NO LONGER STOCK PARTS FOR THAT", locally, was the F100. I just got a new grip for that. I would think, the longer you wait, the less chance you will find it, so call sooner than later.

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Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:12 AM

I do have reusable silica gel packs, the ones that change colour. I've even got an airtight box that I used to use when I lived in the tropics to put my cameras in.

Maybe I need to go back to using them. The silica gel needs recharging quite often even in an airtight case to be useful.

I reckon Nikon won't have the parts and if they do they'll probably charge too much. Still it won't hurt to ask I guess.
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Posted 07 October 2015 - 11:50 AM

The chemicals from your hands as you grip your camera is probably adding to problem. I have sent two cameras to nikon to get re-wrapped.


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Posted 08 October 2015 - 02:36 AM

I'm sure that the chemicals from my hands do indeed play a large part in the problem. When I'm shooting events I'm holding my camera for hours at a time and I'm often working up quite a sweat.
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Posted 08 October 2015 - 01:46 PM

You can get replacement rubbers or even sets of leathers from Ebay for most cameras - you could even customise it with a fancy colour.


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Posted 09 October 2015 - 02:25 AM

But the glue is key and you have to have pressure on the new wraps for a few hours.


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Posted 23 October 2015 - 05:44 AM

Before considering 'replacement' I'd give 303 Protectant a go.

Apply to microfiber cloth and let sit for ~10 minutes. Wipe off

excess with a dry portion of cloth. A 2nd application might be

required to especially neglected areas. 303 also contains UV

inhibitors and works the treat on lens rubbers as well. FWIW

I have a Canon 1D and Nikon D2Xs/D3 that look like they just

came out of the box and this after 100K clicks (rodeo, BIF and

dog agility) hardly studio babying conditions. Just sayin'...



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Posted 23 October 2015 - 02:09 PM

Before considering 'replacement' I'd give 303 Protectant a go.

Apply to microfiber cloth and let sit for ~10 minutes. Wipe off

excess with a dry portion of cloth. A 2nd application might be

required to especially neglected areas. 303 also contains UV

inhibitors and works the treat on lens rubbers as well. FWIW

I have a Canon 1D and Nikon D2Xs/D3 that look like they just

came out of the box and this after 100K clicks (rodeo, BIF and

dog agility) hardly studio babying conditions. Just sayin'...

 

Just to add to TM's info, if the hardware store doesn't carry it, most marine stores will.


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Posted 24 October 2015 - 04:29 AM

 

Just to add to TM's info, if the hardware store doesn't carry it, most marine stores will.

Thx. I always just send folks to Amazon  :D






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