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New waterproof Voigtlander VC Meter II !!
Old 01-14-2006   #1
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Red face New waterproof Voigtlander VC Meter II !!

Ok ok .. so there's no "new" VC Meter II but, I know mine is; for at least 2 seconds underwater.

I had emptied out one of my many camera bags - took out all the gear and lenses etc. and noted that some gear had punctured one of the silica gel packets that I keep in there to ward off moisture. I had little glass beads rolling around in the bottom of this particular LowePro shoulder bag.

I figured, to dispose of these little things, I'd take the bag over to the toilet and turn it upside down; after all, I had emptied the bag right??

WRONG

*KERPLUNK*

I heard something fall into the bowl and head into the water. At first I thought it was a film canister or such but then I noticed it was my VC METER II !!!!!!



ARRRRRRGH!!!!! I was so stupid that I forgot to check the one fishnet pouch on the side of the bag and the meter slipped out and plunged headlong into the porcelain receptacle. Luckily, me being the only one at my place, I hadn't "left anything" in the bowl and I immediately reached in with my right hand and pulled out the meter.

Cursing to myself, for my stupidity, I wiped off the meter with a nearby towel.

I wondered.. how badly was it damaged... after all.. there's batteries in there.. circuitry etc.

I touched the orange button at the rear of the meter and noted the LED's lit up as normal. Was the metering affected? Could the readings be off? I verified it against my L-358 and they're bang on.

So.. for those of you out there wondering about VC meter issues.. even though I don't suggest you doing this yourself... don't worry about them.. just keep them dry and you'll be way ahead - but if they do get a little water on them, they seem to do just fine

Oh.. and for any of you Toronto folk that meet me in the future; you may not want to shake my right hand or touch my VC Meter

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Old 01-14-2006   #2
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I heard something fall into the bowl and head into the water. At first I thought it was a film canister or such but then I noticed it was my VC METER II !!!!!!



ARRRRRRGH!!!!! I was so stupid that I forgot to check the one fishnet pouch on the side of the bag and the meter slipped out and plunged headlong into the porcelain receptacle. Luckily, me being the only one at my place, I hadn't "left anything" in the bowl and I immediately reached in with my right hand and pulled out the meter.

Cursing to myself, for my stupidity, I wiped off the meter with a nearby towel.

I wondered.. how badly was it damaged... after all.. there's batteries in there.. circuitry etc.

I touched the orange button at the rear of the meter and noted the LED's lit up as normal. Was the metering affected? Could the readings be off? I verified it against my L-358 and they're bang on.

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Oh.. and for any of you Toronto folk that meet me in the future; you may not want to shake my right hand or touch my VC Meter

Cheers
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This is the reason why I always use my left hand for these situations!
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this reminds me of that Seinfeld episode :-)
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Oh.. and for any of you Toronto folk that meet me in the future; you may not want to shake my right hand or touch my VC Meter
Oooo. Am I ever glad I used your meter YESTERDAY!

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Question is: how are you going to clean that meter, Dave?
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Could have been a really crappy experience - glad you came clean!

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You tease... err...VC-edition Lysol, anyone?

At least your investment wasn't flushed .... LOL ok I won't go there
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You tease... err...VC-edition Lysol, anyone?

At least your investment wasn't flushed .... LOL ok I won't go there
I'm glad HE didn't 'go there', either.

And they say it is better to be p*ssed off than p*ssed on. I guess it's true.

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Sh*t happens, Dave.
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This is something that would happen to me. I even dropped my toothbrush in the toilet once, accidently, since the basket I have them in is on the back of the toilet due to there being no space on the sink. And yes, I threw the toothbrush away. Bought a new one the next day.
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This is something that would happen to me. I even dropped my toothbrush in the toilet once, accidently, since the basket I have them in is on the back of the toilet due to there being no space on the sink. And yes, I threw the toothbrush away. Bought a new one the next day.
Typical female kind of reaction.

Why would you throw away a perfectly good toothbrush?
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Good one, George!
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Why would you throw away a perfectly good toothbrush?
I'm not from West Virginia - so personally, I use a teethbrush.

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I had a wet experience with my VC Meter 2 too. Last weekend on a rainy day, I was headed into my town for some errands. I had my M3 with VC meter slung over my shoulder, under my coat, just because I don't like to go anywhere without a camera. I parked my car and as I got out, I felt the camera bump into the doorframe and I cringed a little because I don't like bumping my camera. There on the wet ground between my car and the next, lay a cell phone power cord for a car. It must have fallen out of the door as the passenger got out. I picked it up and laid it on the wipers of the car so the owner would see it when they got back. It was wet on the ground and it was drizzling. I did my errands at a few places, including buying a postal money order at the post office to pay for some camera gear I've bought here. When I got back to my car, there laying on the wet pavement being rained upon was my VC meter. It had gotten rubbed off my camera as I got out of the car. How easily it would have been for me to overlook it because of its small size. Anyway I wiped it off and took it home and it still works fine.
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that meter should be on a newly designed gordy's long strap, around your neck!
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I'm not from West Virginia - so personally, I use a teethbrush.

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Sorry to hear about your accident, Dave.
It's my understanding that SOP for saving a piece of electronics that's been submerged in water is to:
  • Immediately remove the batteries.
  • Dry with a towel and shake out the water.
  • Try to take it apart and use Q tips to soak up any drops of water.
  • Dry it out thoroughly with a hairdryer set on low.
  • Put it under a 60 watt desk lamp for 24 hours.

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Sorry to hear about your accident, Dave.
It's my understanding that SOP for saving a piece of electronics that's been submerged in water is to:
  • Immediately remove the batteries.
  • Dry with a towel and shake out the water.
  • Try to take it apart and use Q tips to soak up any drops of water.
  • Dry it out thoroughly with a hairdryer set on low.
  • Put it under a 60 watt desk lamp for 24 hours.

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In the hopes that this meter will once again see "the light of day"?
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Too...many...puns! Must...leave...thread...
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Karen Nakamura reports that a DigiSix survives a complete wash cycle. Let's add the CV meter to the doughty submersibles.

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My keyless entry car widget survived a washing machine excursion.

My passport did not survive a swimming pool experience.

A friend had a toilet experience with her mobile phone. I would not have touched it after that but she used it.
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These are definitely THE meters to have if you're exposing for wet prints

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Dave: any updates on this soggy saga? Is the light meter still operational; hopefully you still won't have to reach deep, take a plunge and replace it. That'll be a crapper.
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Dave: any updates on this soggy saga? Is the light meter still operational; hopefully you still won't have to reach deep, take a plunge and replace it. That'll be a crapper.
I figured there would be "puns-a-plenty" with this incident

Meter is still happily functioning today.

I did as RJ had suggested (even before he had suggested it and before I had written this post) - dried off the meter, took out the batteries, shook the meter, took some q-tips to dry off the battery compartments, left the meter and batteries "open" for the evening - dropped the batteries back into the meter this morning and it's "all good"

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I figured there would be "puns-a-plenty" with this incident

Meter is still happily functioning today.

I did as RJ had suggested (even before he had suggested it and before I had written this post) - dried off the meter, took out the batteries, shook the meter, took some q-tips to dry off the battery compartments, left the meter and batteries "open" for the evening - dropped the batteries back into the meter this morning and it's "all good"

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Sould like its time for a GAS attack. Might as well get a Nikonos to go with your waterproof meter!
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