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The Canon EOS 5D Mark III has arrived - how exciting! Find out more at CameraPricer right now:
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Rejoice! The Nikon D800 has arrived, all 36-megapixels of it! Discover more about this tasty looking digital SLR on CameraPricer and where to pre-order...
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If you've been eyeing up the +Nikon J1 or V1 compact system cameras then now is a great time to take the plunge: Nikon are offering £50 cashback on all Nikon 1 kits!
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The new Nikon D4 has arrived and the battle lines have been drawn with the Canon 1DX. Read more about the D4 on CameraPricer >
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Feel the nostalgia... then take a picture. Say hello to the new wave of retro digital cameras!
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Do you wake up in the middle of the night, covered in a cold sweat, jolted awake from a terrible white balance nightmare? In photography white balance mistakes happen to the best of us, but you can save the day with a handy new WB filter from ColorRight...
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Nikon D4 rumours have surfaced once again! Maybe January?
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What an incredible story - an SD card surviving 440 days on the ocean floor and images were recovered! I bet the owner was crying after his Rebel XS went for a swim...
Update: Canon Canada contacted me and have offered to replace the owners 'severely weathered' Rebel XS - free of charge. SanDisk has also contacted me and will be providing us both with new SD Extreme III Pro imaging cards. My thanks to both for the kind gesture!

The photographs, having spent 440 days on the ocean floor, have been reunited with the photographer and the family. I am very happy to have facilitated the journey back to where the photographs belong! I certainly didn't anticipate the attention this created, any photographer finding my camera would do the same, right? Thanks again for the great help that came from all of you - the Google+ community. I received an email from the recipient of your help this morning:

"Again thank you so much!!! Seeing the pictures brings tears as we really had forgotten what we were missing by not having them."

I love Google+, it's brilliant!

Previous Update: Thank you to everyone who responded with ideas (some listed below) - proof that the google+ hive-mind can be utilized to complete a simple gesture like returning someones photos :) Did I mention that I love Google+?

three pics were posted in the album from the SD card (photos aren't mine, so the child remained anonymous).
exif data was examined.
Kamloops Fire Rescue and Firefit were contacted.
Canon Canada was contacted re: camera serial number (reply received - no record of the serial number).
photos were dropped into google search and specific websites mentioned in the comments (no luck - nothing matching the exif serial online).
camera serial - canon eos rebel xs: 0520213746
SD card (for those who inquired): Sandisk Extreme III 20mb/s 2GB (it's not uncommon for SD cards to survive underwater - regardless of brand).

an interesting comparison: I posted this on facebook early this morning to try my luck there - it received one 'like' - that's it (there's a reason I left).

Media: please feel free to use the information posted here. I will not be providing interviews or contact information. to those who inquired re: use of my photographs and the story, and provided credit - thank you.

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For Sale: Canon EOS 1000D
Description: only used underwater once, in the Pacific Ocean, for approximately one year.

Actual story: found off the end of a wharf in Deep Bay, BC while I was diving (completing a biological survey) in the harbour. I removed the SD card, cleaned it up, stuck it in a card reader and after being underwater in a corroding camera since August 2010 - it works! Approximately 50 pictures on the card from a family vacation. If you know a fire fighter from British Columbia whose team won the Pacific Regional Firefit competition, has a lovely wife and (now) 2 year old daughter - let me know. I would love to get them their vacation photos :)

There are other clues on/within the pictures - I think we should be able to track them down (not sure they'll want the camera back tho).
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I just added a new lens glossary to CameraPricer.co.uk. The first version covers the most commonly queried terms, markings and monikers. More to come!
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