Shooting in sub zero temperatures


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Jaycelim

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Your battery will drain out faster than normal and watch out for condensation on the lens when u move from the sub zero temperature to a higher temperature
 

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Any suggestion how to do that? Small P&S ok .. but dSLRs?
big pocket of course! everyone who has a dSLR has deep pockets :bsmilie:

i'm also worried about bringing a cold camera and lens from outside into a warm environment (indoors) and then having condensation occur inside the lens and camera.
 

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You have to hand warm the batteries before shooting. Condensation isn't a big problem if you're outdoors all the time. The biggest problem are the batteries which become too cold to provide emf until they become warmer.
 

Big Kahuna

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Any suggestion how to do that? Small P&S ok .. but dSLRs?
In winter...you will usually wear those thick outer coat in outdoor....so the easiest way is to tug your camera into your coat or jacket and zip it up when you do not shoot.....your body warm will helps a little bit :lovegrin:
 

satay16

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if i leave the batteries in the cold, will they lose some energy permenantly? or can everything be get back by warming?
 

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I was in Kiruna, Sweden in February 2006 and it reached a temperature of -14 degrees Celcius with strong wind when I was outside one day. I was wearing thick gloves and this impeded my dexterity. Remember that to operate the camera with a pair of thick gloves is very difficult, I took them off when pressing the shuttle and it was COLD. I ended up with fewer pictures than usual and battery life is not the limiting factor here; it's whether you can stand the biting cold wind on your fingers. Perhaps, we are overly concerned about battery life at extremely low temperature. I gave up before my batteries did.

My non-conventional advice is to invest in a good pair of inner gloves which is thin and insulating. This will allow you to take pictures with warm fingers when the outer gloves are off.
 

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if i leave the batteries in the cold, will they lose some energy permenantly? or can everything be get back by warming?
remembering my high school chemistry, batteries lose power when cold because the reaction that produces the electricity slows down which affects the supply of power.

heat is a catalyst* for the reaction which means that the battery can supply power properly again - therefore if you have a fully charged battery that doesn't work so well in cold temps, by warming it you will have access to the power again. i'm pretty sure that all the power will still be stored.

*'catalyst' is not the right word, but i can't think of the exact word for it right now.

condensation is probably what i'm more worried about - esp in my lens.
 

satay16

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remembering my high school chemistry, batteries lose power when cold because the reaction that produces the electricity slows down which affects the supply of power.

heat is a catalyst* for the reaction which means that the battery can supply power properly again - therefore if you have a fully charged battery that doesn't work so well in cold temps, by warming it you will have access to the power again. i'm pretty sure that all the power will still be stored.

*'catalyst' is not the right word, but i can't think of the exact word for it right now.

condensation is probably what i'm more worried about - esp in my lens.
for me, i did not really have any problems with condesation. cos in such cold places, even warm parts are still extremely dry, of course unless they installed those heater cum humidifiyer things.
 

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I was in Kiruna, Sweden in February 2006 and it reached a temperature of -14 degrees Celcius with strong wind when I was outside one day. I was wearing thick gloves and this impeded my dexterity. Remember that to operate the camera with a pair of thick gloves is very difficult, I took them off when pressing the shuttle and it was COLD. I ended up with fewer pictures than usual and battery life is not the limiting factor here; it's whether you can stand the biting cold wind on your fingers. Perhaps, we are overly concerned about battery life at extremely low temperature. I gave up before my batteries did.

My non-conventional advice is to invest in a good pair of inner gloves which is thin and insulating. This will allow you to take pictures with warm fingers when the outer gloves are off.
totally agree with you...i not sure why people scare so much about bringing their camera out to shoot in cold/hot condition...

if scare just leave the camera at home...
 

Artosoft

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dun panic when you see the LED/LCD "blackout" ;)

Juz carry on shooting.
Uh..., LED???

LCD (Liquid Crystal Display) yes, it may become black in sub zero temperature. But LED (Light Emitting Diode)???

Regards,
Arto.
 

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