help - grubs got inside my MiniDV camera!!

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  1. cb911 macrumors 601

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    well, i'm not sure where i should have posted this, i'm just desprate for some help, so on with the post...

    OMG! OMG!! :eek:

    i just went to my camera bag a couple of hours ago to get my camera out just to take some stills... and there were... grubs all inside it!! :eek: :mad:

    i don't know how the hell they got in there... but i've just spent a couple of hours getting them all out and popping them so they can't do any more damage.

    but here's the really bad part - somehow one got in my camera, behind the glass of the viewfinder! here's a picture to show what i mean:

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    that small picture in the bottom left just has a small red section highlighted to show on the main pic where this thing is... you can see it's sort of a white-ish blob behind the glass there.

    well, when i saw that i was really pissed off. now i've got to find a way to get the damn thing out of there. :mad: i'm thinking i might have to un-screw some bits to get at it... but i was just wondering what others would recommend? i'll check my warranty to see if i should just not even un-screw anything, but if anyone's had experience with this sort of thing (i don't know how likely that will be...) with my camera, then i guess it's worth asking.

    here's the model of my camera:
    Panasonic GS-400

    if anyone's had experience with grubs getting into them (yeah, right :rolleyes: ) then let me know. i can use some help about now. :(
     
  2. killuminati macrumors 68020

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  3. clayj macrumors 604

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    Small wriggling insect, similar to a maggot... I think it's a larval form of a larger insect, such as a beetle.

    In any case, YUK.
     
  4. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    Grubs are annoying little, er, things that destroy lawns.


    But I don't see any in the picture... :confused:
     
  5. mvc macrumors 6502a

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    This could only happen in Australia mate...

    I suggest there is probably a way to get into that viewfinder if you hunt around, perhaps a small screw at the side/bottom when it flips up. I once had what appeared to be a pubic hair caught inside my MiniDV Camera when I lent it to a friend... :rolleyes:
     
  6. urban1985_ macrumors regular

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    Hmmm I'm not sure how you get it out, but as for grubs getting in, their eggs probably got in somehow when you took your camera outside. They just ended up hatching in there... I guess it's like an incubator?

    That's really gross though, I hope you get them out. Take it to a specialist?

    Camera specialist.. not a grub specialist.
     
  7. kettle macrumors 65816

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    ...he he :D
     
  8. Leareth macrumors 68000

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    First put the camera in the freezer overnight to kill any other living grubs and the eggs so you dont have this problem in a couple of days again, take out the battery first if you can
    after that take it apart again to get all the little bugs or take it in for repairs you don't really have a problem with living grubs it is when they die and decompose releasing all sorts of nice corrosive juices that damage elctronics
     
  9. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    I thought "grub" was a way of saying food. Like "Let's get some grub".
     
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    Actually it's both of them, I would like the Original poster to clarify because AFAIK, grub is a small piece of food and a kind of small insect ... now, if the guy got both of them ... :D ... have fun! and hopefully you won't find the pubic hair :eek:
     
  12. angelneo macrumors 68000

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    I have no idea why but this thread is sending shivers down my spine. Good luck to getting them out. Hopefully, it doesn't cost you much.
     
  13. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

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    yes, insect grub. no signs of pubic hair.

    LOL :D

    this is cracking me up. :D which right now is a bad thing... i just busted my lip and snapped of my tooth at ice skating - laughing or smiling will bust my lip open again.

    now, to clarify. i do mean the small insect type of bug. it is very gross, thus my anger when i discovered these small critters all inside me camera bag. :mad: lets say we've got some problems with controlling the common "pantry moth"...

    the grub (or remains of it's 'cocoon' - yuck) can be seen in the photo. it's the white thing in the top right of the viewfinder.

    i'm sure they couldn't have got into too much of it, at least where the tape loading mechanism is seems to be well sealed, no sign of them in there. there are a couple of small screws i could undo, but i'm going to check my warranty first, just so i don't void it.

    i guess i should take it to a specialsist, the camera specialist anyway just to see what they say. i suppose they've had lots of experience with things like this, and other native Australian animals like little koala's and kangaroo's getting stuck in there. :p
     
  14. Cursor macrumors 6502

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    Are you sure they are grubs and not maggots? I had grubs in my lawn, and I'm pretty sure that the beetles only lay their eggs (which hatch grubs) in the roots of grass just above the top soil. Why would they be in your camera? Well, I geuss while I'm at it, why would maggots be in your camera, unless you had food stored with it.
     
  15. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    On the subject of livestock infested kit...

    I was doing bit of housework last weekend and was giving my computer desk a good clean – which made me wonder how the innards of my G5 were doing for dust in the six months I've owned it. So I took the side panel off... only to discover a bloody spider had made its home in there!

    There was a web covering the air space in between the front grill and the main fans – it looked like the little blighter was filtering the air that was getting sucked into the machine. There was no sign of the spider (which is a good thing seeing as how I'm extremely arachnophobic) and needless to say I spent the next ten minutes gingerly removing the web.

    Sorry for veering a little off-topic but cb911 – I know exactly how you feel!

    *shudders*
     
  16. Merf macrumors regular

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    Ha You guys want to see some real grubs! I found these ones while I was woodcutting.

    Merf
     

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  17. tech4all macrumors 68040

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    Do they have a head? :confused: I could so see those on Fear Factor, which they probably have been.
     
  18. homerjward macrumors 68030

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    i found this website in which a guy got a snake caught in his wintel pc. would up in the power supply and everything...yuck! but it must be worse to actually find something in there lol
    http://www.hmm-364.org/computer-snake.html
     
  19. killuminati macrumors 68020

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    haha. poor snake :p. I wonder if thats actually real. Cool pics anyway.
     
  20. mac-er macrumors 65816

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    I think that is fake. Here is "another" version of it. Sounds like an urban legend.

    There is something not quite right with the positioning of the snake in the pictures to me...looks staged.
     
  21. jayscheuerle macrumors 68020

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    Oooh.. You sure about this? I'd worry about condensation forming when it was taken out of the freezer...
     
  22. Cursor macrumors 6502

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    Not to mention it sounds kind of disgusting, unless you don't keep food you eat in the freezer (even if it is sealed).
     
  23. cb911 thread starter macrumors 601

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    i don't think i'll be putting it in the freezer... it's gone futher than that now...

    it was "attack of the damn pantry-moth"!! :mad: the damn things got in everywhere... somehow a heap of eggs got in the bag, and in somehow inside the camera. i went to take the tape out - some even got in there! i think the tape is gone, better not to use in in case i clog the heads...

    but it get's worse. while i had the battery in i thought i'd see it it was still working... so i flicked it over to stills (photo) display mode, yeah, the viewfinder was a bit gunked up, the LCD was all working fine. then i put it over to stills record mode... nothing! just a blank screen... so looks like i'm going to need some serious work... will have to find a camera repair specialist.

    does anyone know how much this might cost? would i be able to pull it apart and clean it up myself? looks like something got on the inside of the lens as well...

    i didn't have any food in the bag... but i think i found the source of infestation. the bag was on the kitchen bench (my computer setup is just next to there...) and there was some old box of organic musli or something - i didn't see it myself but it seem'd that's where they came from. now i'm embarassed to have been stupid enough to leave it on the kitchen bench. they can't be maggots becauset that's what fly's lay in meat - no meat around where the camera was. but beware of those bastard pantry-moths! :mad:

    i wish i just had a snake or something instead of grubs. now it seems like the camera will have to be completely taken apart and cleaned, even if that's possible. the camera may be totalled now. :( and it wasn't insured in any way, so i'll see what happens. i'll take it in for repair on Monday...
     
  24. Mechcozmo macrumors 603

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    Check your other equipment that was near the camera... just to be sure....
    (imagine those grubs getting inside a hard disk. While spinning... uhoh!)
     
  25. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Merf, I had my cursor over the thumbnails of your photos and the mouseover text appeared saying "Click image for larger version".

    "No thanks," I said to myself.

    cb911, I had a less-serious problem like yours, with moisture in my previous camcorder. It was in the viewfinder, however, so it did not affect the shots, only what they looked like while I was filming. I sent in the camera for a routine cleaning but that didn't fix the problem. I didn't want to disassemble the camera myself, so I lived with it until I eventually upgraded to my current camcorder.

    Is your problem with the images you get or only with your use of the camera?
     

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