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Jan 18, 2013 18:00 |  #1

Heading up to Minnesota next month to go birding. What precautions should I take with my camera gear? Will be in and out of car to take pics. Any suggestions


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Jan 18, 2013 18:11 |  #2

The cold will not be a problem, but expect condensation when you bring your camera into heated areas


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Jan 18, 2013 18:15 |  #3

Not sure what the weather's like there this time of year?
Whenever I go to Sweden in February for the WRC I always leave my camera bag open slightly to allow everything to breathe in the cold weather,and when I eventually take it back indoors I leave it fully open just to allow the condensation to clear.
I think some recommend placing your camera in a sealed plastic bag too,but I've never tried that method.


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Jan 18, 2013 20:25 |  #4

I have shot in down to -40c and the only problem I,ve ever noticed is a shorter battery life.
Trust me, being from Florida you will pack it in before your camera does.


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Jan 18, 2013 20:40 |  #5

jack lumber wrote in post #15506775 (external link)
I have shot in down to -40c and the only problem I,ve ever noticed is a shorter battery life.
Trust me, being from Florida you will pack it in before your camera does.

Agreed, I have also been out in -30+C without any problems. I would suggest keeping a few batteries in your pockets (to keep them warm). I have also 'bagged' my lenses when coming back into a warm room.

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Jan 18, 2013 20:47 |  #6

Could be as cold as -30 F depending on where you are, and if your from Florida..........GOOD LUCK! Keep an extra battery in your pants pocket and rotate them in and out often. If you go inside for a while just leave your camera outside or in the trunk. Suppose to be -35 F wind chill here in WISCO this weekend. I'll be out shooting hopefully!!!


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Jan 18, 2013 22:27 |  #7

scpictaker wrote in post #15506830 (external link)
Could be as cold as -30 F depending on where you are, and if your from Florida..........GOOD LUCK! Keep an extra battery in your pants pocket and rotate them in and out often. If you go inside for a while just leave your camera outside or in the trunk. Suppose to be -35 F wind chill here in WISCO this weekend. I'll be out shooting hopefully!!!

Ill be out this week end too buddy! good luck and stay warm!




  
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Jan 19, 2013 22:42 |  #8

I'm in North Dakota and the temps can get really cold. I have had no problems with my 5D at cold temps, my hands get to cold to be out for to long and i can't take pictures with gloves on. when i get my camera inside i just leave it sit and warm up naturally. I wait till its all warmed up before i pack it away in the bag.


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Jan 20, 2013 12:03 |  #9

Sounds like I better get some extra batteries before I go. Will be first time birding up there so pretty excited about the trip. Cold for me will be issue as not used to it anymore. A chilly 64 here today. Spent the morning out birding. Not condensation problems out on seashore today. Thanks much for info


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Jan 20, 2013 12:23 |  #10

64 is not chilly. :) right now as i type this it is 12:24 in the afternoon and the temp is -2 with a wind chill of -24 degrees. NO one in there right mind would be out taking pictures at these temperatures LOL. Hopefully when you are in Minnesota the weather has warmed up some so you can spend some time outside doing what you want to do.


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Jan 20, 2013 12:35 |  #11

Pauhana wrote in post #15511949 (external link)
A chilly 64 here today. Spent the morning out birding. Not condensation problems out on seashore today.

LOL! I thought you were joking at first but you seem serious about 64F/18C being chilly.

As for the topic, I've wondered about this too. Those of you who've had condensation form when coming back indoors from the bitter cold, doesn't it leave spots on the internal lens elements or camera sensor after it dries off?


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Jan 20, 2013 15:23 |  #12

It doesn't hurt to be kind of cautious.
Put the camera in a plastic bag before You get indoors again, and keep it closed till the camera is fairly adjusted to the indoor temperature. The bigger temp difference the more humidity might form inside Your camera on the electronic circuits - still kind of depending on the humidity inside the house.
I think it's good practice to to be kind of cautious :)

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Jan 20, 2013 16:53 |  #13

ManiZ wrote in post #15512063 (external link)
LOL! I thought you were joking at first but you seem serious about 64F/18C being chilly.

Yes was kidding on temps. Blood has thinned out since I don't spend time in Cold weather anymore. Prefer cooler weather but not the temps you deal with on a daily basis in winter. Heck I even put heated grips on my new motorcycle. Thinking of bringing my battery operated/heated riding vest with me..........will save on packing 8 layers of clothes


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