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Question on taking camera out to photograph in snow

 
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Jan 09, 2011 22:01 |  #1

so, i kind of want to be able to take my camera outside once the snow subsides here in georgia to take some pictures, but I am not sure about it. I know i have to worry about condensation build up and freezing so whether I go out or come back in after taking pics. are there any preventative measures? i have a 7d, and if i remember its supposed to be "weatherproof" but how actually whether proof is it?


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Jan 09, 2011 22:26 |  #2

Well, you can just put the body in a closed camera bag when you are bringing it inside and that typically does fine. I usually just bring mine in and it sits for a while. I haven't had problems.

What does happen is when I'm out -- if I spend too long pressed against the viewfinder it gets foggy! Having to stop to wipe it off when I'm trying to shoot sucks:)!

As far as weatherproofing I haven't heard any in-depth reports on how the 7D fares. If it's raining, I'd probably err on the side of caution. You can put some protection over it and your lens, maybe rig up something with a plastic bag with a hole cut out for the viewfinder? I know that I shot in a drizzle with my 5D Classic at an event last year and it developed problems with the top LCD. They cleared up as it dried out but it was a lesson. My 1DM3 is my choice for questionable conditions.

If it's snowing, you should actually have less problems than with rain, as long as it's not melting on the camera.


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Jan 09, 2011 22:41 |  #3

alright. i just didnt want any problem with humidity.


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Jan 10, 2011 06:17 as a reply to  @ Wheeltracks's post |  #4

I use large zip lock bag to put my camera in before going back in side. Never had a problem. Also be aware that will you get shorter battery life in the cold.




  
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Jan 10, 2011 07:25 |  #5

how long should i keep it in the bag for?


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Jan 10, 2011 10:02 |  #6

Couple of hours. If it still feels cold, then it's definitely too soon. But even if it feels room temperature on the outside, the inner parts are still probably pretty cold. Glass is a poor conductor of heat.


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Jan 10, 2011 14:45 |  #7

I shot in some questionable conditions a lot with my 350D, I used to just let it sit on my desk for a bit with the batteries out until the condensation went away. Never had any lasting problems, the 50D is the same. Even compacts are a lot more durable than I would have first thought.


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Jan 10, 2011 18:11 |  #8

The longer you let it acclimate to the new temperature the better. But if you are in a hurry, maybe 30-45 minutes minimum in the bag. Also, if you have some packets of silica gel that you get in shoe boxes, or when you buy new bags or things, you can throw those in too. It should help with the moisture.

For batteries, when shooting in the cold, keep a spare one close to your body. So if you are wearing a big jacket, put it in an inner pocket so your body heat keeps it warm. When batteries are cold, they tend to show as discharged when they still have power left. When the one you are shooting with gets to that point, switch the batteries. By the time the next battery is cold and registers as discharged, hopefully the first one, being next to your body, has warmed up enough again. Then just keep switching back and forth.


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Jan 10, 2011 19:59 |  #9

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Preparation: none. Took the camera out and started taking pictures. Precautions: put one lens on the camera and kept it there with no changes.



  
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Jan 10, 2011 22:30 |  #10

shot last night here in birmingham al, bout the same conditions i would imagine. it was sleeting and raining pretty bad, the camera did get wet, but i was only out for about 10 minutes. just dont get that thing soaked. use common sense as to what it can handle. if it looks like water could be seeping in cracks, i would stop and take it in immediately.




  
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Jan 10, 2011 22:35 |  #11

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Jan 11, 2011 00:33 |  #12

Wheeltracks wrote in post #11609766 (external link)
how long should i keep it in the bag for?

7 days




  
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Jan 11, 2011 06:44 |  #13

The only time I've ever worried about bringing my camera in and out from the cold is once when I left it in my car overnight. I bring it out hiking in the snow all the time without extra precautions and have never had any problems, even out in negative degree weather.


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