Best way to completely disinfect camera bought from Craigslist?

1 month 3 weeks ago #691758 by Jim Kyrn
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I'm finally getting around to updating my camera gear after nearly 4 years of time off.  I'm meeting with someone tomorrow to buy his Nikon D800.  With Covid all over and I can't be safe enough, what is the best way to disinfect a camera without damaging it?


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691759 by garyrhook
Leave it alone for two weeks.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691769 by Nikon Shooter
… that should keep you drooling for a while… but safely! :rofl:

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1 month 3 weeks ago #691782 by Ozzie_Traveller
G'day Jim

Be blowed with the two week wait ... put some methylated spirits onto a soft cloth and give it two good wipe-overs ~ 15 minutes apart

The 100% alcohol from the spirits x2 will say 'goodbye' to anything that might be hanging around

Hope this helps
Phil from the great land Downunder
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1 month 3 weeks ago #691873 by Rob Conley

garyrhook wrote: Leave it alone for two weeks.



Isn't it just 3 days for hard surfaces?   But 2 weeks will definately be enough time though.   


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691891 by Nikon Shooter
Some surfaces offer shorter times than others
but yes, 2 weeks is on the very safe side of it!

It is not drooling free though!

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1 month 3 weeks ago #691929 by garyrhook

Rob Conley wrote:

garyrhook wrote: Leave it alone for two weeks.



Isn't it just 3 days for hard surfaces?   But 2 weeks will definately be enough time though.   


Probably, but things keep changing as data comes in. Since the OP said "completely."  I picked a generous number, also to make a point.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691961 by Colorado Mike
Isn't that the truth.  Seems like every week they are changing something around.  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691962 by Nikon Shooter

Colorado Mike wrote: Seems like every week they are changing something around.  


Sure, this is science. This is a new virus, a new situation. More is learned
and shared every day.

BTW, I think your bag is a bit too much, a mask will do just fine, Mike! :rofl:

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1 month 3 weeks ago #691964 by nomad

garyrhook wrote: Leave it alone for two weeks.


exactly.  quarantine that thing.


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691976 by TCooper
Now would you say it would be safe to spray disinfectant spray from a distance?  


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691978 by Nikon Shooter
Only after testing on a small. hidden area,
just to be sure.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #691983 by TCooper

Nikon Shooter wrote: Only after testing on a small. hidden area,
just to be sure.


Putting aside the mist, which should fall be protected with the weather seals, what's to test? 


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1 month 3 weeks ago #691996 by Nikon Shooter

TCooper wrote: … what's to test? 


Unforeseeable chemical reactions with the seals mainly.

Disinfectants contain up to 70~95% isopropyl and both —
the contact with and the exposure to — may have reaction 
potential effects through the solution and the fumes too.

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1 month 3 weeks ago #692127 by Tom Henry
Some of the chemicals could cause the glue to give way, discolor the rubber or just flat out dry it out. 


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