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    Question COLD WEATHER + OLYMPUS OMD-EM5

    Hello everyone,

    My dad is going on a trip to Finland soon, where temperatures drop to minus degrees. He's worried that the camera and his lenses will not be able to handle the cold. He is especially worried that when he moves from below-zero temperature into a warm room, the lens will crack due to the sudden change in temperature.

    Please advise whether these fears are justified.

    Thank you!

    Kin
    Hi there.

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    Default Re: COLD WEATHER + OLYMPUS OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by Kleonn View Post
    Hello everyone,

    My dad is going on a trip to Finland soon, where temperatures drop to minus degrees. He's worried that the camera and his lenses will not be able to handle the cold. He is especially worried that when he moves from below-zero temperature into a warm room, the lens will crack due to the sudden change in temperature.

    Please advise whether these fears are justified.

    Thank you!

    Kin
    Here, you may want to read this instead.

    Photographing in the winter
    Your pictures speaks for you, not your camera.

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    No need to worry.. My wife's EM-5 braved snow , hail and splashing waterfall in Iceland last week.
    It performed very well!

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    Default Re: COLD WEATHER + OLYMPUS OMD-EM5

    Quote Originally Posted by Kleonn View Post
    My dad is going on a trip to Finland soon, where temperatures drop to minus degrees. He's worried that the camera and his lenses will not be able to handle the cold. He is especially worried that when he moves from below-zero temperature into a warm room, the lens will crack due to the sudden change in temperature.
    Stop worrying. Or know, that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an Algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. (Baz Luhrmann, 'Sunscreen')
    Another sticky thread about the same topic: http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615253
    Cracks in any material (not only glass) can occur when the temperature change is a) sudden, b) cover a significant temperature gap c) only covers a part of the material. We all remember glass tea pots that cracked when hot water (100C) was poured into the pot (~25C). The temperature shock caused the cracks. Does a lens has to withstand similar conditions and situations? Outside might be -20C, bringing the cam into any building means the temperature gradually increases (entrance area maybe +5C) then going further up to maybe 20C in heated rooms. Does this look anywhere close to the tea pot situation?
    Secondly, Olympus is a Japanese company. They have Winter in Japan and I'm sure it would be a massive embarrassment for a Japanese company to produce cameras that cannot even be used in Winter in its own country and market.

    Your dad's major concern should be:
    - Checking the weather forecast. Just below zero is not cold, that's when Finish people just start putting on a jacket. Around -20C it is getting cold for them
    - Keeping himself warm (including fingers while shooting).
    - Keeping the batteries warm / have spare batteries.
    - Avoid jumping elks
    - Don't cuddle polar bears
    - Limit the amount of equipment to be lugged around
    - Not forgetting / losing anything important.
    The camera and lenses will be just fine.
    Last edited by Octarine; 28th January 2015 at 04:25 PM.
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    Thank you very much everyone! You guys are too kind.

    Kin
    Hi there.

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