Nikon Repair Center Repairs a Salt Water-Damaged Lens by Boiling It


A Nikon Repair Center based in Taiwan reports that it recently repaired a damaged Nikkor lens by boiling it. The lens, an $1,800 Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8, had been accidentally dropped into the ocean and damaged by salt water.

After disassembling the bricked lens, the repair technicians discovered that many of the components had coatings of rust and salt that prevented them from moving and functioning properly.





To clean up the pieces, they boiled them for 15 minutes (along with some special chemicals) until the corrosion came off.



They then reassembled the pieces with a new autofocus motor, and voila: the lens was restored and fully functional again. The entire repair process took less than three days from start to finish.


Boiling your salt water-damaged lens probably isn’t something you should try at home, unless you have access to replacement parts and expert-level knowledge on how to reassemble camera lenses.

(via Mobile01 via Nikon Rumors)

  • Igor Ken

    F*ck the police, imma boil my lenses at home!

  • bcdouglas

    My experience tells me US Nikon repair may not be so quick to help. They seem to have a policy of “physical damage, we’re not going to repair it’ …at least on cameras.

  • David Valencic

    Nikon US would tell you the repair would cost more than the lens is worth.

  • Teun Dilles

    And with the cost of one hour of work in the US they are probably right. Wages in Taiwan are quite a bit lower, making repair costs lower than in the US or EU.

  • MackTheKnife

    Corrosion is not something you can remove by boiling, that’s just like expecting to restore a worn out shoe sole by washing it…. You can remove the salt deposits from the non corroded parts though. The rest is just a matter of replacing the corroded parts.

  • Alan Dove

    This is a trick sailors have used for years to rescue saltwater-damaged electronics at sea. It doesn’t always work, but when you can’t just have a replacement dropped off by UPS, it’s worth a try.

  • Jesse

    My friend just smashed the body of his D800 and they fixed it.

  • byoung328

    You’re absolutely right. US customers receive better service from Sigma and Tamron than Nikon, and that’s truly sad.

  • Scott Verge

    I’d totally rebuild a lens like that if I had access to the repair parts or a parts lens. Hell considering the cost of that sucker I’d probably be happy to get it going again even lacking autofocus.

    Insurance would probably be the best solution though :D

  • Alessandro Aimonetto

    Now that’s a bullshit…you pay, you get your damage repaired…don’t be silly

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  • Thomas O’Brien

    would love to know how long this lens lasts in the long run. I bet its overall life has been greatly diminished. that corrosion will come back to haunt the owner

  • Darren Whitley

    Canon wouldn’t even have bothered with that. Maybe they don’t use real glass.

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    I’d be nice to know how much the repair cost, vs. the original price of the lens [$1800USD].

  • ninpou_kobanashi

    So, if you drop it into the ocean, should you boil it right away to prevent corrosion?

  • Jay Bass

    So…should we expect to see this lens on EBay soon as “lightly used”.LOL

  • evenstar6q

    Ha, the original article is titled ‘Honey, I’ve cooked your camera lens”!

  • syado_japan

    Should I soak in water when you accidentally submerged so you are good.
    It is not good to dry halfway.
    I have written and go to the service center while immersed in water.

  • Satan

    it is all about anal fixation I’m sure.

  • kaisarabbas

    it clearly says that they added some chemicals in the water to get rid of corrosion

  • A Nanto

    Ya? The repairs probably costs more than the original price!