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Nikon boiled a water-damaged lens to successfully repair it

The Taiwan-based Nikon Repair Center has demonstrated its impressive repairing capabilities after its engineers fixed a Nikkor lens by boiling it.

Digital imaging products tend to get damaged. This fact also applies to any kind of products. Unfortunately, there are no indestructible objects available for consumers and people are very clumsy.

Salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens at the Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan
Salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens before being boiled.

Photographer took his salt water-damaged lens to a Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan

A photographer in Taiwan has dropped his lens into ocean water and the product has been rendered useless. Still, the Taiwanese man decided to take his lens to the local Nikon Repair Center.

Many believed that there is no way to salvage the lens because the damage done by salt water was very extensive. However, taking the lens to the repair center has been the best decision of the photographer’s life, as the engineers managed to repair the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens with minimum effort and costs.

The technicians disassembled the lens and noticed that most of the parts were coated in rust and salt. It is worth noting that the lens was not working at all because of the damage caused by salt water.

Salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens being boiled by Nikon Repair Center technicians
Technicians boiled the salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens and added some special chemicals to clear the rust.

Technicians took the decision to boil the damaged lens

However, the guys from the Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan decided to boil the lens in regular water. They added special chemicals to the boiling water and they kept the lens there for 15 minutes.

The technicians allowed the lens to dry for a couple of days and then they replaced the autofocus motor. The parts were reassembled and the lens has been shipped to its rightful owner.

Salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens after being boiled
Salt water-damaged Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens repaired and assembled at the Nikon Repair Center in Taiwan.

The expensive lens has been fixed in three days

The achievement is even more impressive, as the lens has been repaired in only three days.

These types of damages are not covered by warranty. If the owner had not taken the lens to the repair center, then he would have had to purchase a new one. However, the Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 lens is very expensive.

People who are not familiar with the matter should be aware that Amazon is currently selling the Nikon 17-35mm f/2.8D ED-IF AF-S Zoom Nikkor Lens for $1,769.

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