Today I took my old N80 out of bubble-wrap storage because my daughter wanted to shoot film with me. Last I remember this N80 was in near mint condition when I stored it a couple of years ago except for a tiny crack in the top LCD panel. When I removed the bubble wrap I noticed that the whole body is sticky! Except for the viewfinder and the battery grip, the whole body feels sticky.
How do I make this stickiness go away? Will it go away on its own after it airs out, or is this some unstoppable chemical process that has ruined my N80?
My daughter was really looking forward to shooting film with me today and the N80 was the best choice for her smaller hands. My other choices (except for the F100 I will be using) are all heavier manual focus bodies (F, F2A, F3HP).
This seems to be a common problem with the N80. Mine has some stickiness, but not enough to make it a nuissance. I have seen potential solutions posted in forums, but they all seem to carry with them certain caviates. It is otherwise a great camera, and I've never been one to try a fix that may create its own problems.
I'm still not sure what causes the stickiness on the rubber of Nikon bodies, but it happens on quite a few bodies not just the N80, and it is annoying.
Best advice given that seems to work is to use 90% isopropyl alcohol. Dip a clean lint free cotton cloth in the alcohol and wipe away the stickiness. The 90% solution should evaporate quickly if it gets anywhere it shouldn't.
This reminds me, I need to check my N70 and SB-28s and fire them off an run them through their paces.