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Can Canon Take the Heat?

 
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Aug 04, 2013 10:27 |  #1

I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my 6D - it will be my first DSLR. Not my first SLR by a long shot. I've been taking pix for over 40 years using all manor of Nikon film and medium format cameras but, when I got out of photography for work and the world was changing to digital, I passed and have just used point-and-shoots for personal use since.

All that is by way of introduction as I am new to the forum. I'm sure I will have other 6D questions later. I have downloaded and read the manual cover to cover and made notes of how I want to configure the camera initially tho, so hopefully not too many questions ;-)a

My question for now is about heat. I have a habit of taking my camera with me most places and storing in the center arm-restish (is that a word?) compartment of my car. Out of view, out of direct sun light, available but I'm not committed to carrying it everywhere.

It can get hot in the summer (east coast US). If it is 100+ degrees out, will the camera have a problem with the heat? Will the heat cause damage? The manual (yes I read it but certainly may have missed a few, or more than a few things) says avoid direct sunlight, but I'm still nervous about cooking my new $X,XXX camera.

Thoughts?


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Aug 04, 2013 10:39 |  #2

If you can take it, so can the camera I 'd think...

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Aug 04, 2013 10:54 |  #3

With anything, I'd rather not leave it in excess heat unnecessarily.

https://forum.lowyat.n​et/topic/1302392/all (external link)

kmarc in the link above says, "Naturally, you should not put your DSLR under the hot sun or in your car under that sun for prolonged periods of time as it may damage your camera or lenses.

Stated in the my DSLR manual:

PRECAUTION

Do not use/store the camera in the following places:
- In an extremely hot, dry or humid place. In places such as in a car parked in the sun, the camera body may become deformed shocking.gif and this may cause a malfunction."

I haven't shot with film but I'd imagine that film rolls and film SLRs don't like excess heat as well.

http://photo.net …d-processing-forum/00HL7r (external link)

According to Thomas Sullivan in the above link, "All heat fogs film."

If you've got to leave it in the car, I suggest at least leaving it in a bag; the bag will act as a buffer between the heat and your camera.


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Aug 04, 2013 10:56 |  #4

MakisM1 wrote in post #16180122 (external link)
If you can take it, so can the camera I 'd think...

Welcome to POTN :D

Good reply.

When they say "The simplest camera is better than any photographer", they mean it in more than one way. Canon cameras have been taken to the Sahara and the Arctic, I don't think you'll be subjecting it to any genuinely extreme measures anytime soon.

The direct sunlight bit in the manual is about the lens acting as a magnifying glass for the sunlight, which could potentially cook the internals, just remember to leave the lens cap on when not in use and all is fine.


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Aug 04, 2013 12:36 |  #5

I'm not worried about 100 degrees but the significantly higher temperature that can be reached in the car. For now, I'm leaning towards not storing the camera in the car in the heat. Either take the camera or do not and if I take it then carry it. Should be fine most of the year though.


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Aug 04, 2013 13:05 |  #6

If you were storing and using your film cameras that way without any problems, the digital camera will be fine, too. You'll need a pretty large center console pocket, for a 6D and lens (24-105?).

The riskiest thing will be moisture from condensation. Extreme temperature changes can cause this inside the lens and camera, which leads to corrosion in both. Electronics don't like moisture.

But, again, if you were using P&S film cameras without any problems, the digital camera is probably at least as durable, if not more-so.


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Aug 04, 2013 13:09 |  #7

I would not leave my camera in the car sitting in the sun during a NC summer day.


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Aug 04, 2013 13:38 as a reply to  @ Left Handed Brisket's post |  #8

I'm in Texas where cars can get easily to 150 (and higher) degrees inside. I've damaged my share of electronics by leaving them in a hot car here. I've also cooked film and photo paper in the hot car.


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Aug 04, 2013 14:21 |  #9

Mavgirl wrote in post #16180507 (external link)
I'm in Texas where cars can get easily to 150 (and higher) degrees inside. I've damaged my share of electronics by leaving them in a hot car here. I've also cooked film and photo paper in the hot car.

Word. The heat index gets set to hell out here in the summer and it does not play! Not as bad as Arizona, but no joke none-the-less :confused:


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Aug 04, 2013 14:31 |  #10

Both the lens and the camera will be similarly affected by direct sunlight (both will get hot), and the black color absorbs more heat. But the lens should be covered with the cap to prevent sunlight from entering the lens through the glass (the glass can turn the light into a beam that can rapidly overheat or burn the camera's internal components).

The best thing to do is not to store the camera in the car, but if you have no choice at least put the camera and lenses in an insulated (padded) camera pack in a shaded area in the car. The more insulation the pack has, the better. In this case, the camera inside the pack won't get as hot as the temperature in the car for a longer period of time than if left outside the pack in the same shaded area.

Try the following: fill two of the same size stainless steel water bottles with cool tap water. Place one on the car's seat under direct sunlight, and the other inside an insulated bag in a shaded area of the car. Several hours later, collect the two water bottles and see which one of the two is hotter.


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Aug 04, 2013 14:41 |  #11

Rafromak wrote in post #16180610 (external link)
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:D

not saying your points aren't valid, but you gotta admit that some funny stuff.


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Aug 04, 2013 15:15 |  #12

Per Canon specs.
Operating/Storage Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 0 - 85%


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Aug 04, 2013 16:23 |  #13

Subjecting lenses to high heat is one of the ways lubricants end up on aperture blades or their constituents evaporated and deposited as haze on internal element surfaces.


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Aug 04, 2013 17:24 |  #14

hes gone wrote in post #16180628 (external link)
=he's gone;16180628]:D
not saying your points aren't valid, but you gotta admit that some funny stuff.

Very true, but it does get hot in the interior of Alaska, although not too much more past 90 degrees.

Anyway, yesterday I forgot a "full of ice tea" stainless water bottle like the ones I mentioned before on my truck's seat. Ambient temperature was in the low 80s, with lots os sunlight. When I returned to my truck late that afternoon and grabbed the water bottle to take a zip, I was surprised of how hot the exterior of the bottle was. And tea was quite warm inside :D


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Aug 04, 2013 18:33 |  #15

Rafromak wrote in post #16180610 (external link)
Try the following: fill two of the same size stainless steel water bottles with cool tap water. Place one on the car's seat under direct sunlight, and the other inside an insulated bag in a shaded area of the car. Several hours later, collect the two water bottles and see which one of the two is hotter.

I wouldn't do this in some parts of the country. I left my daughters backpack with her stainless steel water bottle in it in the car one time. When I got it out of the car the bottle was empty and everything in the backpack was wet.


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