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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 7:20 pm 
Hi,

Just got my new DSLR and im looking for advice
regarding using my camera in cold weather. :oops:
Thanks in advance...


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PostPosted: Sun Dec 30, 2007 8:50 pm 
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Hello rookie, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs Forum!
I had no prob shooting it at a cold winter's night at about -15°C.
The only challenge when entering the warm hut with the party: Getting all the condense water off the cold lens for quite some time (I think about 30 minutes)...

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 3:19 am 
Thanks for the info tom !
I will keep that in mind.
Awesome forum you have here...
and I like it.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 31, 2007 4:51 am 
I have heard that when the battery gets to cold it may cause the camera to run a little slower. if you have problems pull the battery and put it in you pant pocket to warm it up. (if you have a cover for it use it to help keep dirt/lint out of the camera)

It is about 18F here and my camera is doing fine so far. I was out shoting for about 4 1/2 hrs and taking shots about every 15min or so. .

Hope this helps.

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What would interest me most is: Does anybody have a trick how to prevent condensation when coming in from the cold :?:

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Hi Thomas,

It's an issue when I have been doing my astrophotography. I don't think there's an easy answer so I just make sure the lens cap is on before I come indoors and put the camera in a small space (camera bag or under a cushion) so that fresh supplies of warm moist air can't get to it until it has warmed up a bit.

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A few nights ago I was out shooting in my yard and it was some where around 30F (-1C?) and the camera only ran for like 10 minutes, now it's not a DSLR, and my camera uses 4 AA's but still.

I have been working on a solution to address the problem of battery life and water condensing when re-entering a warm place. What about a neoprene jacket with a spot for the eyepiece to come out, and a little bit of give for the lens to extend, and the main part is the pockets for handwarmers. Keeping the camera warm to keep your battery life up, and to keep the outside cold from condensing inside, and making it mildly weather proof.

I'll post when it's finished.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 22, 2008 8:40 pm 
Hi,
Regarding P&S cameras, I have noticed how easily mine as well tends to get affected by cold weather. (a Nikon CoolPix 5200) and it has lithium ion batt.
It's true though that I've used it at -10C and below sometimes.
The screen and camera become slow and i get the impression that even the LCD starts to fade a bit.


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Hi, reduced battery life is a casualty of shooting in cold conditions - there's an interesting thread here with comments from Aurora expert, neptun.

http://www.cameralabs.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=103


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Ah confusing here...

I thought in theory that the lower temperatures mean lower resistance meaning more efficient battery components = longer battery life - but in practice the opposite is displayed...

Oh physics why do you elude me :(

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THAT is not physics but chemistry :shock:
So don't question your physics-knowledge...

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