What a Canon Rebel XT DSLR Looks Like After 3 Years in a Muddy Creek

Earlier this month, we shared the crazy story of a DSLR that sat at the bottom of a creek for three years before being returned to its owner, thanks to the fact that the memory card was still readable. In case you were wondering what the camera looked like after chillin’ in such an unfriendly environment, here are some photographs of it sent to us by owner Michael Comeau.

Comeau took quite a few photographs from the standard angles seen in camera product shots (the kind attached to press releases when new models are announced). The camera is coated with a layer of mud and rust, and the 18-55mm kit lens has pretty much fused to the body (a shame, since Comeau wants to know what the sensor looks like).

Here’s the hero of the whole story: the SanDisk Ultra II CompactFlash memory card that was still fully operational. Apparently the camera did a very good job at protecting its important parts:

You can see more photos over on Comeau’s blog.

Image credits: Photographs by Michael Comeau and used with permission

  • Ray Andrews

    ALWAYS use a good lens cap

  • Kay O. Sweaver

    I wish there was a “stressed” body styling option that looked like that. Nobody’d steal my camera ever!

  • Bernard

    Is it just me or do people dislike their Canon’s? This is what? The third story like this, this year?

  • Allan

    This is a story of survival. Why would anyone waste their time writing about a camera that they found somewhere when it doesn’t work anymore. Canon cameras survives. This is the third one that proves that.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    Er, where did you read that the camera functions? They said the CF card functions, right? Or did I miss something?

  • Allan

    Excuse me. You’re right. That’s what I totally meant. Cameras capture memories and Canon is good at preserving them too. My bad. I totally meant preserving the memory.

  • kendon

    you don’t hear this about nikons because nobody likes to use them. what doesn’t get used doesn’t get lost, it’s that easy.

    that being said to show how moronic your argument is. personally, i find bashing on brands rather pathetic.

  • 9inchnail

    I guess you should give SanDisk credit here. You don’t know if another SD card would have survived.

  • Zta77

    Exactly: Nobody knows. I think SanDisk got just enough credit in the article.