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Temperture and DSLR

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Jvecc1
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Message posted at 11/07/2010, 05:28:10 AM by Jvecc1
Would excess outside tempertures be it hot or cold have any effect on the quality of your photos or cameras electronics? Also before shooting photos such as going from outside cold to inside warm should the camera be allowed to adjust to the temp changes?



Thanks



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Message posted at 11/07/2010, 09:21:50 AM by Warrenpricephotography
Yes. It's in your manual ... and many "How To" books.



The Hot to Cold issue you can easily see in the form of condensation.



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Nicku
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Message posted at 11/07/2010, 09:37:27 AM by Nicku
From my experience: i used a Sony alpha DSLR A100 ( the first sony slr) and at 0 degree Celsius the camera died... big problem with the processor; in hot conditions there are no problems . With canon eos 400D and 40D i shot with no problems (mecanics, electronics, focus and image quality ) between -20 until +42 degree Celsius.
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Jvecc1
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Message posted at 11/07/2010, 16:54:43 PM by Jvecc1
Thanks Nicku thats what i was getting at. Were there any warning signs that the processor was going down?


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Moutwtrng
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Message posted at 11/07/2010, 19:58:02 PM by Moutwtrng
condensation is the worst enemy of a DSLR. It can definitely ruin your camera or even worse is your lenses. Also one great thing you can equip in your camera bag is dessicants or more known as odor or moisture eater. One great product that I can definitely recommend is Eva dry. Check it out!
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Jvecc1
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Message posted at 11/08/2010, 03:35:31 AM by Jvecc1
Lot of good advice, thanks to all. Thought maybe this was a somewhat silly question but one I had not had to think about until now. I live is Florida USA where though it gets hot it is rare to freeze. Considering a trip to visit relatives this winter is a few states where it reaches below zero in very scenic areas and by waterways. High winds. This is what prompted me to ask and possibly prepare.



All suggesting are welcome and appreciated!



Thanks!





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Bradcalkins
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Message edited at 11/08/2010, 13:16:55 PM by Bradcalkins
Going from cold to a warm inside, is pretty much the same issue as going from an AC room to outside in Florida. Where I live (Calgary) it is very dry and I don't worry about it, but it usually makes sense to throw it in a bag before bringing it inside so it comes up to temp slowly...
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Costa007
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Message posted at 11/08/2010, 10:02:05 AM by Costa007 - member is an admin
If you have your camera beneath your (winter) clothes (at the top of a mountain), you better get the camera out only while you are continuously shooting it - otherwise the batteries will die very fast. Continuous shooting will keep them warm.
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Jvecc1
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Message posted at 11/08/2010, 13:08:58 PM by Jvecc1
Now thats a good tip. Sounds like you have had experiance in cold Costa!



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Neddog
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Message posted at 11/10/2010, 14:24:29 PM by Neddog
A robust weather sealed system such as Olympus and Pentax DSLR bodies and lenses are the best defense against the freezing cold. Even if you don't think you need weather seals, the condensation (as was mentioned many times) formed from the cold will ruin your electronics particularly when going back inside after being out in the cold. You won't have this problem with a sealed system. And in the extreme hot, you can hose it down with a water hose anytime you wish. ;)



I'm surprised to hear that Nicku's Sony A100 died at 0 degrees Celsius. I've never owned a DSLR that couldn't handle those light temperatures. Pro-level camera bodies do offer a lot more space for the sensor though, giving more dead air space to keep the temperature around the sensor even.
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Wildcat123
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Message posted at 11/13/2010, 13:08:46 PM by Wildcat123
I never had problems with my Canon. I shoot in high mountains and in Africa. Camera survived both.
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Tonlammerts
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Message posted at 11/21/2010, 14:19:21 PM by Tonlammerts

Originally posted by Nicku:
Quoted Message: From my experience: i used a Sony alpha DSLR A100 ( the first sony slr) and at 0 degree Celsius the camera died... big problem with the processor; in hot conditions there are no problems . With canon eos 400D and 40D i shot with no problems (mecanics, electronics, focus and image quality ) between -20 until +42 degree Celsius.




Take my Sony A350 virtually everywhere I go, hot car no issue, cold weather in the swiss mountains last winter, also no problem.
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Nicku
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Message edited at 11/21/2010, 15:58:09 PM by Nicku

Originally posted by Tonlammerts:
Quoted Message: Take my Sony A350 virtually everywhere I go, hot car no issue, cold weather in the swiss mountains last winter, also no problem.




I assume Sony resolved those problems with new generation of DSLRs. I told my experience with sony A100. That problem appeared EVERY time when the temperature was close to 0 degree.
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Driley
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Message posted at 11/22/2010, 07:31:51 AM by Driley
My Sony ALpha seems to do fine in hot and cold - You do get un-stoppable condensation on the lens when taking the camera from an air conditioned room to 55 degree celcius 85% humidity out here in the sunny UAE summer. I've not noticed any problems with it.
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Inganielsen
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Message edited at 11/22/2010, 15:30:51 PM by Inganielsen
no problem with my 1000D and temps of aprox. -15°C.

Only my fingers and toes hated me for the several hours of shooting (actually I did not feel anything in my whole feet lol - "funny" thing to walk with numb feet).



My experience is, that there is only little noise at such temperatures.



When I get back home, I leave the camera in the bag to adjust to the temperatures. Not sure if this is necessary.
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Ncn18
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Message posted at 11/23/2010, 04:03:39 AM by Ncn18
...the only thing is the battery...if its cold it`s faster empty...I have an extended battery, which I can wear in the inside pocket of my jacket where its warm...

but I do the same as "Inganielsen"...I leave the cam in its bag to adjust the new temperature slowly..



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Antares614
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Message posted at 09/23/2011, 04:03:11 AM by Antares614
The K5 from Pentax was marketed as suitable for temperatures like -10 degrees Celsius. Didn't had any problems with my K200d at -5 during winter, but then again i always carry some spare alkaline batteries besides the rechargeable ones.
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Digikhmer
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Message posted at 09/23/2011, 04:50:25 AM by Digikhmer

Originally posted by Nicku:
Quoted Message: From my experience: i used a Sony alpha DSLR A100 ( the first sony slr) and at 0 degree Celsius the camera died... big problem with the processor; in hot conditions there are no problems . With canon eos 400D and 40D i shot with no problems (mecanics, electronics, focus and image quality ) between -20 until +42 degree Celsius.




The last time that I shot under a frozen condition my lens decided to commit suicide. After analysing, what I have done to make him doing that was, I asked him not to tumble when he get cold (switched ON and OFF several time the IS)



Conclusion, I will not get out to shot anything under a cold condition with my "gems"
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Llareggub
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Message posted at 09/23/2011, 06:56:29 AM by Llareggub
Like Nicku I have shot in temperatures as low as -23 and as high as +45 celcius with my Canon 450D and I struggled but the camera seemd fine!
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Moutwtrng
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Message posted at 09/23/2011, 12:10:49 PM by Moutwtrng
tempwise the seals on the camera does not matter. Ive had a nikon d40x w/ a 18-55mm kit lens attached to it. I've taken it to -0 degree weather and 90-100 scortching weather and the camera wroked perfect. The thing to watch out for is the sudden change in temps like coming out of a air conditioned room to a blazing hot outdoors or like form a 75-80 degree house to a -0 degree outdoor.



What I like to do is I take out my camera bag w/ the camera & lens in it and leave it outdoors for atleast 15-30 min to let it acclimate to the temps outside before I do any outdoor shooting if there is an extreme difference in temps.

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