A&P Using cameras in colder weather

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  1. slow_one civic

    slow_one civic ULEV ownz me OT Supporter

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    My gf and I are heading out to Utah next week and since I've lived in Houston all my life, do I need to take any extra care when using my cameras out in the snow/colder weather? I'll be briging along an SD500 and 300D.
     
  2. Hua

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    Well your cameras aren't weather sealed, so better bring a bag to wrap around the lens and body. Battery life will also drop in cold temps.
     
  3. Tomash

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    Buy lots of spare batteries.
    Keep them in inside bockets on your inderwear to keep them warm.
    Cold battieries have very short life spans.
     
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    My parents put new batteries in the fridge. :hsugh:
     
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    Idiots.
     
  6. Tomash

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    The warmer the batteries are, the better they perferm, as in the more shots per charge they give you.
     
  7. Hua

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    That is just to slow down the chemical process.
     
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    make sure you put your camera in a sealed bag before going directly from very cold to warm areas; otherwise you can get condensation.
     
  9. Tomash

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    Yeah, because you can't just charge them before heading out.
     
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    I think he's probably talking about alkaline batteries. I think it's good if those are kept cold before you use them :dunno:
     
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    Yes, alkaline batteries.
     
  12. Tomash

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    USing alkaline batteries in digital cameras is stupid. In the long run, they'll cost you a fortune.
     
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    Who said anything about using them in cameras? All the cameras/camcorders I've owned came with a battery and charger. :o
     
  14. Hua

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    Most White people are too dumb to buy rechargeables. They think it's a better bargain to buy a 40 pack of 800mah AAs for $6.99.
     
  15. Tomash

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    :werd:
    When I told this one guy I paid $25 for 20 2250mAh AA NiMHs, he looked at me like I was a moron.
    :ugh:
     
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    'nuff said really :)
     
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    whatever you do, don't move the camera from a warm humib environment to a cold dry one. the air will condensate inside the camera, and fry it. :p see about getting a silica gel pack or two, and keep it in your camera bag. and let the camera adjust to colder temperatures slowly.

    be prepared for the camera to take less shots than normal.. the cold does affect the battery, however it won't be extremely noticable unless you use the flash a lot. it will take longer for a flash to recycle.

    don't srop it in the snow. :p
     
  18. Jcolman

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    Condensation won't "fry" your camera. Still, it's a good idea to seal your camera in a bag when moving from cold to warm otherwise it will take a while for the moisture to evaporate.
     
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    Make sure you have lots of spare batteries. They will run down much quicker in the cold, and you'll be forever having to remove them from the camera, rubbing them to warm them up, and putting them back in again. Keep your camera close to your body to keep it warm.

    Do not use expensive memory cards that have moving parts. They may cost £90, so you'd expect them to be vaguely weather durable, but they are not. Water will condense in the moving joints due to the heat released by the movement, and all your photos will be corrupted.

    If you really want my advice, use film. But then again, whatever you find is suitable.
     
  20. Tomash

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    Memory cards with moving parts, also known as microdrives, are kind of cheap.
    Much cheaper than solid state Compact Flash cards.
     
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    dont open your lens or any part of the camera once u go outside since it will make condensation... if you shoot outside and go inside let it get back to room temp on its own without opening ANYTHING.
     
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    :o it sounded cool, and made the point.
     
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    wtf?
     
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    Consumer reports did a test and said it was basically pointless to do that.
     
  25. ohknaks

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    CF has come down quite a bit recently so they're about the time price as a microdrive.
     

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