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08-27-2015, 03:13 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. I just noticed today that the hand grip is turning white and wondering if anyone else was experiencing this. I purchased New from B&H in march 27th 2015 and have around 7,000 shutter cycles and noticed today in sunlight that the grip is turning white from hand holding.I wonder if this is a possible problem like canon had with certain serial numbers of the T4i.

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You should be able to clean it, no? I've seen this happening fairly regularly with well-used cameras.

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08-27-2015, 03:27 PM   #3
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Thanks Adam for the quick response.Do you have any suggestion with what to clean it with that won't hurt the rubberized material.
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I have had mine since April 2014 (12000 actuations) and the camera grip is still nicely black.


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weird because I had double the shutter count or triple the shutter count a previous canon gear and still looked brand new.the k-3 looks like it has been washed with bleach.Its only cosmetic but I think it shouldn't be doing this at such and early stage and I never wiped it with any chemicals.
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I got mine in April 2014 and it's still black. I've used Lysol Sanitizing Wipes with good results on cleaning camera bodies. Just my .
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Sun cream or such on your hands?

I would have a good try with wiping it down with soapy water - initially anyway.
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Nope! I don't even wear sun block ever or put any thing on my hands.

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People vary greatly in how sweaty their hands are, and the acidity of their sweat (pH typically between 4.5 and 7). So I wouldn't expect everyone's experience to be the same.
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QuoteOriginally posted by DarkShadow Quote
the k-3 looks like it has been washed with bleach
Pix pls. Seems unusual.
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Hi Paul, I agree with what your saying is true but my past cameras I had such as the Nikon D3100,D90,Canon 60D and the 6D none of them ever turned white other then a funky sticky grip of the nikon D3100 had. Unless my body chemistry changed, I don't think its my hands,My hands don't really get that sweaty. I will call RICHO and see what they suggest.

It has to be in sunlight to really see it but it just starting to turn white areas where finger placement is except the thumb rest.I will try to take picture of it with my phone tomorrow and see if it shows with out blown highlights.

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I have had the camera since last summer with no problems like that. my hands dont get too sweaty though
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Maybe just a fluke then or did have something on my hands I was not aware of but other then mild soap and water to wash hands thats it. It is possible I touched something before handling the camera but out birding there is not much contact with anything with my hands.
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Any DEET-based insect repellant would be the likely culprit.
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I don't put bug spray on either so its not that.Oh well,I may end up with a pretty K-50 with the guts of a K-3.
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