PSA: Do Not Leave Old Batteries in Cameras

Recorded on October 6th, 2016

Well this is embarrassing. Now that I’m hopelessly obsessed with reviving old film cameras, I pulled out one that I had stashed in the basement. I won’t say which model this is, because it’s too nice of a camera to let this happen to. But behold:


If you think that looks bad, you should see the one I took with the flash on. I’m mortified. This is tangible evidence of years of neglect on my part.

My research says that a cotton swab dipped in vinegar should dissolve most of the corrosion. Since we’re out of vinegar and fresh AA batteries, I won’t pursue it any further tonight. My hope is that the goo leaking out of the batteries didn’t damage the electronics inside the camera.

Lesson to everyone: Yank those old batteries out of all your gear, especially the gear you care about. Don’t end up like me.

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