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    Default Advice on camera care at cold countries?

    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....

    I never been to such places b4...

    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?

    500D - 17-55mm lens.....

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    1. Your camera is designed in a cold country. So logically, what do you think?
    2. Did you try a search for "cold weather"? You have been around here since Dec 2009, this topic comes up 20 times every "winter" season.
    3. At the top of this forum is a sticky called "problems with dslr in extremely cold weather?". Did you bother to read or look at all? Please try to help yourself before asking the same questions all over again. And no, you're not a newbie.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....

    I never been to such places b4...

    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?

    500D - 17-55mm lens.....
    camera may shut down due sluggish batteries...maybe keep warm on the batteries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....

    I never been to such places b4...

    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?

    500D - 17-55mm lens.....
    please find a way to embed the camera within your body.

    suspect you will have to undergo surgery, but upon completion You and Your Camera will be One.

    your body heat will well overcome any problems that the cold weather will present to your camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by night86mare View Post
    please find a way to embed the camera within your body.

    suspect you will have to undergo surgery, but upon completion You and Your Camera will be One.

    your body heat will well overcome any problems that the cold weather will present to your camera.
    OT:
    Soooooo... Smile to take a picture? Or bend over? I can hear it already... "Is that a 70-200 or are you just happy to see me?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    OT:
    Soooooo... Smile to take a picture? Or bend over? I can hear it already... "Is that a 70-200 or are you just happy to see me?"
    just suck in your stomach to take picture.

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    Default Re: Advice on camera care at cold countries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....

    I never been to such places b4...

    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?

    500D - 17-55mm lens.....
    1. Freezer size zip loc bag and a straw. After shooting outdoors, put cam and lens assembly into said bag and zip most of the way, then suck out air before going indoors. Will help to prevent condensation.
    2. If shooting often, remember to bring spare batteries and keep them in inside pocket to keep warm.
    3. Ignore PMS replies from senior members.
    4. If you need to clean lens surfaces, do not breathe on it and wipe. May condense into ice and scratch lens coating. Filters are almost a must in this case. Bring a spare as I have had filters shatter on me before.

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    yes, remember, sometimes old members have their bad days.. so must forgive them

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showp...45&postcount=5
    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showp...80&postcount=8


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rashkae View Post
    OT:
    Soooooo... Smile to take a picture? Or bend over? I can hear it already... "Is that a 70-200 or are you just happy to see me?"
    The sexual innuendo in this one

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    Quote Originally Posted by cks2k2 View Post
    The sexual innuendo in this one
    Whaaaaaat? I'm innocent. I didn't even ask if it's a push-pull zoom.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....

    I never been to such places b4...

    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?

    500D - 17-55mm lens.....

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615253

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    Default Re: Advice on camera care at cold countries?

    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    I am thinking of going to a place this december that averages around 0 to 3 degree.....
    I never been to such places b4...
    can anyone give me advice on the type of precaution i should take to bring my camera and len there?
    500D - 17-55mm lens.....
    You should worry more about yourself than your camera. Japan has Winters, they know how to design a camera to stand such conditions. Do you know what you need for zero degree?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Octarine View Post
    You should worry more about yourself than your camera. Japan has Winters, they know how to design a camera to stand such conditions. Do you know what you need for zero degree?

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    Haha... never knew the seniors here are so....."nice"
    i'll read thru those threads then...

    I guess the important thing here is to be aware of changing temperatures ..... when going from cold to warm
    If i put the camera in a ziploc bag... then place the camera and the ziploc into the backpack b4 moving into warm places.... it that enough?
    *please dun scold me again* .... lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mascaporne View Post
    Haha... never knew the seniors here are so....."nice"
    i'll read thru those threads then...

    I guess the important thing here is to be aware of changing temperatures ..... when going from cold to warm
    If i put the camera in a ziploc bag... then place the camera and the ziploc into the backpack b4 moving into warm places.... it that enough?
    *please dun scold me again* .... lol
    you will need to introduce such temperature changes GRADUALLY, so that there is no sudden temperature change.

    frankly speaking, even the straw method, if you do it too fast, will not change a thing.

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    Hi There,

    There are 2 main issues:

    1. Condensation - Its typically much colder and dryer outdoors in winter. When you bring the camera indoors, there will be condensation on all the surfaces, and it will be more severe than what we experience here when we take our camera from a cold air-conditioned indoor enviroment to the outdoors. The safest way to deal with this is to put the camera and lenses etc back in the bag before going indoors, and then leave it in the bag for a few hours before taking any of them out again.

    I'm not sure about the Ziploc and straw method which the other poster mentioned. I've never tried it, but I think a lot also depends on the temperature difference between indoors and outdoors. The greater the difference, the heavier the condensation, and the longer I would leave it in the bag after I take it indoors.

    2. Battery life - Batteries conk out faster in the cold. As others have suggested, bring spares if you are going to be out shooting for a while. Keep the unused batteries close to the body to keep them warm so that they will last that little bit longer. Remember to re-charge them in sufficient time for the next round of use.

    Apart from these 2, I haven't really encountered any other problems. I would only add that if you are photographing outdoors in snow, do check if you need exposure compensation.

    Hope this helps.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BBK View Post
    The safest way to deal with this is to put the camera and lenses etc back in the bag before going indoors, and then leave it in the bag for a few hours before taking any of them out again.
    That's a bit too long. After 15min the camera has warmed up and condensation has cleared. Otherwise it would be hard for any tourist in Winter time to take pictures during a normal city sightseeing trip, where people usually enter buildings for a visit, then back to street etc. Never had any issue in such situations, just wait for the condensation to clear. In places with higher humidity (e.g. restaurants) it will take a bit more time. Maybe TS can share with us the schedule of his Winter trip?
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    Nothing much to take note of. Just don't shower you and your camera in cold rains and heavy snow. When camera is not in use, keep it in your sweater / windbreaker to keep warmth using your body temp.

    Protect yourself first, then camera. If possible, bring along a PnS as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NovJoe View Post
    Nothing much to take note of. Just don't shower you and your camera in cold rains and heavy snow. When camera is not in use, keep it in your sweater / windbreaker to keep warmth using your body temp.

    Protect yourself first, then camera. If possible, bring along a PnS as well.
    I second this idea.
    Usually would bring along a PnS kept inside jacket for indoor shooting if weather is close to freezing. Cams need time to recover from cold temperatures and sometimes just want a group shot inside. Nowadays PnS comes with wide options built in so very much more convenient.
    Also prudent after long trip to winter climes to send cam and lenses for service.

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    Default Re: Advice on camera care at cold countries?

    Please see the sticky in this section:

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=615253


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