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Fungus on inside of window of Canon XL-1 Body

Okay, here is the problem. I live in the tropics. I do my best to keep my camera dry and try to avoid going from cool air conditioned rooms to going outside in hot humid air, and vice-versa. I have noticed some fungus growing on the inside of the window on the camera body where the lens attaches. Can I take this piece off myself and clean it? If so, how do I do it? This is the window that covers up the CCD. My camera is actually an XL-1 not an XL-1S.

Thanks,
Kurt

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  • Raihnman Jan 24, 2008

    Thanks for the tip.

    I
    went to a Canon authorized service center in Costa Rica (there is only
    one) and they told me the prism assembly (Part No. DYI-7997-000) needs
    to be replaced. They said the cost to replace the part, not including
    labor, would be $926. I called Canon USA to find the cost of the part
    in the US and I could get it for $551.12. Cheaper but still very
    expensive.

  • Raihnman Feb 05, 2008

    I probably don't have the proper tools to service the camera myself. I did have the 16X lens cleaned of fungus. I haven't had time to do extensive testing to see if the problem I was seeing in my images has changed. There was quite a bit of fungus on the 16X lens. It looks very clean now.

  • Raihnman Feb 05, 2008



    I probably don't have the proper tools to
    service the camera myself. I did have the 16X lens cleaned of fungus. I
    haven't had time to do extensive testing to see if the problem I was
    seeing in my images has changed. There was quite a bit of fungus on the
    16X lens. It looks very clean now.

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Try use those little bags with cilicagel inside of the camera case. May be will help. ????

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No, don't try that or do that.

Will get color and focus shifts.

atdlee@netzero.com

Posted on Jan 24, 2008

  • Alexander Lee Feb 05, 2008

    Kurt,



    Do you want to service your own camera?

    So, you're in Costa Rica.

    Problems are normal when you are near water.



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