Hi newbiee here need some advice


Fadhly

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Hai Senior/OT/Guru

going to Beijing end of this year but the season is winter...
so my question is can dslr take it the temperature over there??

Thanks
 

Xiao_shin

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DSLR can take it. Can you? As whiteoak pointed out, a pair of gloves might be a good additional.

You might face occassional fogging of lens due to differences in temp.
 

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Hai Senior/OT/Guru

going to Beijing end of this year but the season is winter...
so my question is can dslr take it the temperature over there??

Thanks
don't worry too much. Beijing people also own DSLRs so shouldn't be much of a problem.
 

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don't worry too much. Beijing people also own DSLRs so shouldn't be much of a problem.
They do??? I was under the impression that cold countries do not have DSLR.... just joking.

I was reading some previous post and a few of them kept mentioning that the DSLR is not tofu. I think this thread deserves another post just like that.
 

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Hai Senior/OT/Guru

going to Beijing end of this year but the season is winter...
so my question is can dslr take it the temperature over there??

Thanks





Shot at -25 deg C. With wind chill, around -30 deg C, in China near north korean and russian borders. With a non-weather sealed D90. Snow depth is around mid thigh. Beijing will not get any where close in terms of cold.

Nothing happened to the camera. Even my cheap aluminium manfrotto tripod and ballhead worked flawlessly. Just watch out for condensation when moving from cold environment to warm. Put your camera into a ziploc bag and seal it before you enter a heated building/restaurant. After the temperature stabilizes in around 10-20mins, then it is safe to remove the camera from the bag. Going from warm to cold environment, no need to do anything.

But my fingers felt like they are going to drop off, within 10 seconds of taking my glove off. In the end I used leather gloves to take picture, but still very cold. half the time my hands are inside my fleece pockets, part of my thick expedition type downfeather jacket. And yes, get a ski-mask. It is a lifesaver.
 

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Fadhly

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DSLR can take it. Can you? As whiteoak pointed out, a pair of gloves might be a good additional.

You might face occassional fogging of lens due to differences in temp.
Hehe sure must wear glove....

Xiao_shin u massion about occassional fog of lens to difference in temp...so how do i avoid that, bro daredevil123 said put inside ziplock... to make the temp stable..
 

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Hehe sure must wear glove....

Xiao_shin u massion about occassional fog of lens to difference in temp...so how do i avoid that, bro daredevil123 said put inside ziplock... to make the temp stable..
I take it you do not believe in what I say. :think: ;)

Anyway, cold air is very dry since the colder the air, the less humidity it can hold. Condensation happens when humid air touches a cold surface, forcing the water vapor to become drops. So when you are out in the cold, the camera also becomes cold. When you enter a warm room, it is naturally more humid due to the higher temperature. When that humidity comes in contact with cold surface, dew will form on the cold surface. When you place it in a ziploc bag outside in the cold air, the air inside the bag is also cold (meaning it is also dry). When going into the warm room, the humidity is in the warm air, and that touches the bag only. So condensation only forms on the bag. When temperature stabilizes, condensation will no longer happen since there is no colder surface. So it is safe to take the camera out of the ziploc bag. If you do not believe me, try it with a piece of metal in the fridge.

When moving from warm to cold, there is no problem, since the cold air is dry.
 

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Fadhly

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I take it you do not believe in what I say. :think: ;)

Anyway, cold air is very dry since the colder the air, the less humidity it can hold. Condensation happens when humid air touches a cold surface, forcing the water vapor to become drops. So when you are out in the cold, the camera also becomes cold. When you enter a warm room, it is naturally more humid due to the higher temperature. When that humidity comes in contact with cold surface, dew will form on the cold surface. When you place it in a ziploc bag outside in the cold air, the air inside the bag is also cold (meaning it is also dry). When going into the warm room, the humidity is in the warm air, and that touches the bag only. So condensation only forms on the bag. When temperature stabilizes, condensation will no longer happen since there is no colder surface. So it is safe to take the camera out of the ziploc bag. If you do not believe me, try it with a piece of metal in the fridge.

When moving from warm to cold, there is no problem, since the cold air is dry.

Bro don misunderstanding what i mean is any other opinon....cos 1 of my friend say that use heater faster to stable the temp(but i dunno what kind of heater)...so i ask senior here

Did ask my father about camera, this he say use ziplock too...
 

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Bro don misunderstanding what i mean is any other opinon....cos 1 of my friend say that use heater faster to stable the temp(but i dunno what kind of heater)...so i ask senior here

Did ask my father about camera, this he say use ziplock too...
How to use heater?

No problem.. feel free to try other methods.

Question: The moment you step into the warm environment, the condensation happens... How to use heater? And what if you overheat?
 

Fadhly

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How to use heater?

No problem.. feel free to try other methods.

Question: The moment you step into the warm environment, the condensation happens... How to use heater? And what if you overheat?
ya loh...it not safe also n what heater to use... i kenda confuse....maybe follow ur step better and easy
 

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had no problems with mine when i was in Finland visiting Santa Claus..

just make sure you have a pair of gloves that dont make you fumble and then drop the camera~!!!

as for the condensation problem.. keep it in your bag as soon as you are done shooting.. the temperature in ur bag is somewhat warmer then the air.. then when you move indoors dont open up the bag... let the surroundings transfer heat to the bag and then to the air inside the bag.. and finally to the camera.. then you should be fine...

if you are using heaters.. you can find those warmers that you bend the little metal button inside it will become hot...

or if you dont have.. use the "old school" hot potato method! keep an aluminium foil wrapped hot potato in your bag! hehe..
 

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Bring more spare batteries kept next to your body. Cold batteries don't last well.... :)
 

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