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    Hello folks am back from the icy wastelands of Lake Winnipeg and have superficial frost bitten hands (did someone here say that I should have kept my big thick protective gloves on?)....anyway will have that written up on my website next week. Missed the -45 degrees by a week and had to cope with a balmy -23 instead!

    Anyway what did I learn about cameras in the cold:
    1. Lithium batteries are the way to go. The NiMH batteries would not operate even in a warmer tent (-10). The NiMH batteries are now working in 9 degrees!

    2. We each had a Nikon digital coolpix camera (nice easy point and click) - 3mp and 7mp. Both worked well even when it was -20 and windy. The battery appeared to be low on juice on day 3 but still kept going until the end of the walk about (5 days).

    3. Brought a Minolta 70W RIVA - (because I have one). It refused to work even in -10. Had to warm it up under my armpit to get it going.

    Thank you for all the great advice here and will see if I can get a manufacturer to let me trial a camera in 2008 in the Arctic circle when we train next

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    Good luck to you I admire your spirit.

    I am sorry I can't help you much as I am a newbie myself.
    However, I will try to do a bit of research as I know some friends from Poland who are into photograhy - not sure if the temperature there reaches -40 degrees or not. Will keep you informed.
    The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Ice View Post
    Hello folks am back from the icy wastelands of Lake Winnipeg and have superficial frost bitten hands (did someone here say that I should have kept my big thick protective gloves on?)....anyway will have that written up on my website next week. Missed the -45 degrees by a week and had to cope with a balmy -23 instead!

    Anyway what did I learn about cameras in the cold:
    1. Lithium batteries are the way to go. The NiMH batteries would not operate even in a warmer tent (-10). The NiMH batteries are now working in 9 degrees!

    2. We each had a Nikon digital coolpix camera (nice easy point and click) - 3mp and 7mp. Both worked well even when it was -20 and windy. The battery appeared to be low on juice on day 3 but still kept going until the end of the walk about (5 days).

    3. Brought a Minolta 70W RIVA - (because I have one). It refused to work even in -10. Had to warm it up under my armpit to get it going.

    Thank you for all the great advice here and will see if I can get a manufacturer to let me trial a camera in 2008 in the Arctic circle when we train next
    Good luck then...

    did you try wearing 2 pairs of gloves?? 1 thin one for camera work, and one thick one for maximum protection??

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    hi lady ice,

    looks like the "simple" p&s digital camera is the way to go, even lonnie dupre uses one in his arctic expeditions! you might want to experiment to see which camera model gives u the best battery life (currently it's the fuji F series which can give 500+ shots per charge). one more advantage of the digicam is the video recording capability which may come in very handy if you need to give regular video despatches/updates of your arctic expedition to keep your sponsors happy. there's even a waterproof, shockproof model (olympus 720SW).

    Last edited by zaren; 3rd March 2007 at 01:23 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by asterixsg View Post
    I know some friends from Poland who are into photograhy - not sure if the temperature there reaches -40 degrees or not. Will keep you informed.
    Hey asterixsg - that would be awesome to know what they have found reliable. Have now got myself a solar panel that will need to try out!

    Quote Originally Posted by zac08
    did you try wearing 2 pairs of gloves?? 1 thin one for camera work, and one thick one for maximum protection??
    I did - but perhaps when it is really cold with wind gonna have to devise a way to use something else to "click" the camera and do other more sensitive work so I can keep my thick gloves on. Apparently since we in Singapore are used to a warmer clime we are more prone to frostbite and have to take more care (from studies by Dr Gordon Geisbrecht)

    Quote Originally Posted by zaren
    looks like the "simple" p&s digital camera is the way to go, even lonnie dupre uses one in his arctic expeditions!
    Hey zaren - do you know Lonnie Dupre? Like the sounds of the Fujitsu series.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Ice View Post
    Hey zaren - do you know Lonnie Dupre? Like the sounds of the Fujitsu series.
    yo lady ice,

    nope...dunno lonnie dupre.....just read about him.

    fujitsu series? u mean the fujifilm series?
    i am currently using the f30, used to own the f10. i think the f10 would be better
    for handling with gloves since it has larger buttons than the f30, and it's also easier to
    switch shooting modes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zaren View Post
    yo lady ice,

    nope...dunno lonnie dupre.....just read about him.
    Where did you read about him?

    fujitsu series? u mean the fujifilm series?
    i am currently using the f30, used to own the f10. i think the f10 would be better
    for handling with gloves since it has larger buttons than the f30, and it's also easier to
    switch shooting modes.
    Opps - sorry "greenie" here - yes meant fujifilm series. Thanks for the correction and advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by +evenstar View Post
    make sure ur own body is operating at that temperature first!

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    Quote Originally Posted by rodel View Post
    Totally - never let the hands go numb in the first place and react sooner than later. Have learnt that now thru first hand experience! See http://www.gfiexpeditions.com/En/ExSBlog.htm
    Last edited by Lady Ice; 5th March 2007 at 07:55 AM.

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