My photographer friend was taking an outdoor bridal shoot this morning over at clarke quay when he slipped on the river bank steps and fell into the singapore river. He was holding a 10D with 70-200IS and 550EX. I was there and the whole thing lasted a few seconds. The camera was fully submerged for about 2-3 secs and he immediately switched off everything, took out the batts and detached the lens and flash when he came ashore.
There was some condensation inside the lens, but the lens gave an err 99 when we tried it on my 10D. Is everything screwed since it's salt water we are talking about? If he were to send it to canon service center, should he tell them exactly what happened? (He is concerned that canon may automatically take a "change everything" policy if they know about it, instead of testing and changing only the damaged parts).
I feel quite sorry for him as he just spent about $500 on the IS unit of the lens. So what's your advice guys?
Appreciate any inputs.