Hi guys.. im going Hong kong during the first few days of january. The weather wont be as cold but it would be around 15-20 degrees. This will be the first time im carrying a dslr overseas and im wondering what are the preparations i have to make to keep it safe...
Besides extra batteries.. what other things do i have to look out for?
I reckon this post is a bit related to my question but sorry if i hijacked op in anyway.
I mean... 15 to 20 degree is not even consider as very cold... there really is no need to specially protect your camera at all.
and if u are worried, just buy a rain sleeve to cover and protect your cam.
there is some photos which u cannot miss shooting in the rain. the mood and feel is totally different.
Why does everyone think a DSLR is so fragile????? Why is it so hard to use basic, primary-school level logic: DSLR cameras are designed in Japan. Japan has a cold winter. Ergo...?
battery might drain faster in sub-zero temperature so just bring a spare battery and keep it warm in your wind-breaker.
Beside this: you have this booklet called Operation Manual. The last sections have a chapter: Operation Environment (or similar). Do read this, ponder about what Rashkae mentioned about where the camera was designed and compare with your question again. Hopefully, you got the answer.
Had my 350D in North Vietnam during December, day time temperatures 10-15 degrees, occasional showers, some drizzle. Camera worked perfectly fine although neither camera or lens never heard about 'weather sealing'.
Last edited by Octarine; 27th December 2011 at 05:01 PM.
I experienced that before too, my digital point-and-shoot froze up in normal European 10 degree weather a few years back but nothing permanent, just missed a few shots before it went back to normal.
If you are not too keen to embark on the dSLR route then consider the micro 4/3 range - with a 1k budget the second generation GF2 or EP2 will take great photos and give you some manual control if you want to try it out.
Winter or not most cameras will still work fine, no need to look for a camera with great reviews on its winter capability. Most important is to buy it early and get used to its controls so you know how to troubleshoot when you are out having fun on your holiday. Nothing worse than fumbling in the cold with unfamiliar buttons while your fingers are freezing off!
Last edited by Entity; 27th December 2011 at 05:40 PM.
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F55 | D700
Well... when I say do not shoot in rain... I mean, I have read quite a few stories (horror stories) of people claiming that their camera died (one of them was in CS and it involved a supposedly weather sealed camera and another few stories are in other forums... all brands are not excluded from this experience). And it is noted that to some people it is drizzling, while to others, it might be pouring.
Normally I do not care about a bit of water, I have been shooting in mild rain... and my camera survived pretty alright, while I caught a cold (damnit!). Anyway, to be more safe, I would advise people not to shoot in the rain, because you never know what type of rain that person consider light.
What I can say is... when shooting outdoor, practice lots of common sense... not only to protect the camera... but most importantly... protect yourself.
At those temps, I wouldn't bother with extra batteries.Originally Posted by mrdgw
As Rashke put it. This winter thing is going overboard.
I've used the A55 with its so called poor battery life in sub 10C for a week. have to charge daily but never had to use my spare.
Used a Casio 600 in sub 5 temps with some skiing days, battery lasted a few days one charge.
Used a Nikon 3000 for 2 weeks in the Sichuan region at above 10 and in constant damp and drizzle. No problems.
Bottom line, bring a spare battery, memory card and use it.