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Old 5th of January 2010 (Tue)   #1
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Default Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

Some friends and I planned a shooting on our nearby mountain this weekend.. only problem: the temperature is predicted as -20 C (-4 F)

We'll be out from lunchtime till sundown at around 5pm..
my concern is... will this cold weather damage my Xsi?
I know that it affects battery life, so I burrowed an extra one.. but can it actually cause physical damage to sensor, lcd, lens element, etc.

Note that I won't be going from cold to warm to cold... it's just plain cold all day

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Old 5th of January 2010 (Tue)   #2
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

Nope, you'll be fine.

That's really not even cold.
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

Cold air should be fine, the only problems I see are...

1. Batteries get too cold
2. When you bring your camera from a very cold to a very warm location, you can get some condensation on the inside.

Since you aren't concerned about those two things, I won't worry too much. Cold air is usually dry air so I don't think that should case you too many problems.
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Old 6th of January 2010 (Wed)   #4
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

I have shot at -42c camera was fine.
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

Appaently the LCD screen slows down in extreeme cold - anyone confirm this ?
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Liquid crystal displays are sensitive to temperature, and it can affect their behavior. Cold weather makes the liquid thick, slowing down the display.
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

Keep the spare battery in an inside pocket, close to your body so that it stays nice and warm. You can rotate batteries if there seems to be an issue. Also, when you come in from an extended period out in the cold...it is a good idea to slip your camera in to a big ziplock bag and seal it outside....let the camera and bag slowly warm inside and you won't have condensation issues inside your body.
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Keep the little bags of Silica Gel you get when you buy anything from phones, tv's, leather goods etc and pop them in your camera bag, they suck up moisture and help keep your camera gear condesation free.
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Keep the little bags of Silica Gel you get when you buy anything from phones, tv's, leather goods etc and pop them in your camera bag, they suck up moisture and help keep your camera gear condesation free.
Those are awesome, I have like 5 sitting in my camera bag =P Just remember, don't eat em!
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Those are awesome, I have like 5 sitting in my camera bag =P Just remember, don't eat em!
haha thanks for the advice!

I was concerned since my xsi is not 'weathersealed' (I thought it included cold temperatures)... the others hikers are using 5D2s and D300s, so don't want to be the only one with a dead camera after a few hours lol
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Those are awesome, I have like 5 sitting in my camera bag =P Just remember, don't eat em!
If they're just sitting around in your camera bag for any length of time, they're probably no good any more. They're not all that absorbent to begin with in small quantities, and there's no "On/Off" switch to tell them when you don't need them to be collecting moisture out of the air.
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I've had my 40d out shooting snowboarding in -15 with driving snow. You'll be fine.
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Default Re: Can Cold damage camera? vey cold...

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-20 C (-4 F)
No problems, This time of the year in MN it is consistently below that, and I've shot well below that with P&S, XT, 30D and now tha 7D without issues.

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Appaently the LCD screen slows down in extreeme cold - anyone confirm this ?
I've been told this also, but have never noticed it on the XT, 30D and now 7D. I did however notice this past weekend -9 F that when I went to change my focus point it was slow. Back and top screen functioned as normal.
I shot 500+ pictures of Eagles last saturday in that cold, and when I checked the battery on the 7D, it still showed 85%. In fact I still haven't charged it and have taken another 100 and it's showing 77%.
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If they're just sitting around in your camera bag for any length of time, they're probably no good any more. They're not all that absorbent to begin with in small quantities, and there's no "On/Off" switch to tell them when you don't need them to be collecting moisture out of the air.
DOH! I better buy more then =)
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If they're just sitting around in your camera bag for any length of time, they're probably no good any more. They're not all that absorbent to begin with in small quantities, and there's no "On/Off" switch to tell them when you don't need them to be collecting moisture out of the air.
I'm fairly certain that you can reinvigorate them by drying them out in a warm oven for a few minutes, could be wrong though
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