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I am a newbie and just got my first DSLR!

 
Chris_lam
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Nov 17, 2013 17:20 |  #1

Hi all,

I recently purchased a brand new CANON 60D EOS for a great price! It's the first DSLR I've ever
bought and I have several projects lined up for this bad boy once I get my hands on it later today! :)

I have a few questions and would love some assistance:

How best to protect the camera during the extreme winter between 0 to -35 degrees. I currently live in
Finland you see, the winters are very harsh and sunlight is almost non-existent here.

I've tried to look around for guides for which type of bag is best, but I still feel like I don't know enough.

All I know is that you need an extra battery or two when going out. I have two batteries.

A ziploc or airtight bag so that the camera can warm up by itself inside a building to prevent
condensation and fog clouding the lenses and other sensitive components. I am going to buy.

Never to breath on or near lenses or wave them near any kind of smoke/steam or vapour.

I have a question however. What about a camera bag with heat packs or heat packs right next to the
batteries. You would take the batteries out when you are finished and only put them back in the camera
once you are taking photos. I saw that a cold camera is good, but a cold battery is bad because it shortens
their life span by like 90%. I've experienced that too with my friend's powershot.

A requirement that I am looking for is not too big, because I will most likely carry around a rucksack filled
with stuff as well. Unless you know of a good bag that can carry a camera, an 18-55mm lens, a 75-300mm
lens, a 15 inch laptop, charger, a small book and a medium sized lunch box all in one! Safely and securely.

But I would appreciate it if you could point me to some bags that can carry a camera with one lens
and bags that can carry two lenses.

Thanks for reading! :)




  
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Nov 17, 2013 19:58 |  #2

Perhaps this Kata bag will work for you:

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …92805&Q=&is=REG​&A=details (external link)




  
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Nov 17, 2013 21:02 as a reply to  @ ntotrr's post |  #3

For keeping your batteries warm and ready, the easiest way is to keep then in a pocket close to your body. A pants pocket, inside vest or coat pocket, anywhere that they can draw warmth from your body. When a battery in the camera gets too cold to function, trade it with a warm one. Soon, the cold battery will warm up and can be used for a while longer.


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Nov 17, 2013 21:58 |  #4

Camera in a ziploc or airtight bag to prevent condensation? If anything I think that will cause condensation. You would need the gear yo be able to breathe...not suffocated.

I would never put heat near a battery. They can explode.

I'm sure in the cold, the camera will work fine. There are photographers who take their gear to the artic and have no problems.


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Nov 18, 2013 17:47 as a reply to  @ ntotrr's post |  #5

Ow my. I think I just fell in love with that bag for it's capabilities! But the cost is a downer... Do you have any additional alternatives. And bags for just carrying a camera?




  
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Nov 18, 2013 18:41 as a reply to  @ Chris_lam's post |  #6

Not a big fan of Kata-too pricey and too stiff. And ugly, imo. How 'bout a Domke or a LowePro or perhaps a Crumpler? They have a wide variety to select from.

As I understand it, you can wrap the camera before you take it indoors and the condensation will collect on the bag. Then, when the interior and the exterior of the bag are roughly equal (5 minutes or so) just remove the bag. I know here in South Texas, I wrap my camera before I take it out of the a/c car into the Texas heat. Otherwise, the lens fogs up something awful.

Congrats on your new camera-Canons are really, really fun! Post pics, please.




  
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Nov 18, 2013 18:58 |  #7

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Nov 18, 2013 19:31 as a reply to  @ Rainyday's post |  #8

I don't think it's that bad looking. The times I will be using it is for travelling and going between university and home. It's not going to get noticed too much and it doesn't exactly stand out, at least in the pictures.

I've also done my research and I found that amazon were selling it for £50.(50% off it's normal price) And I am only paying £7 to have it shipped across Europe! All the other bags that meet my demands cost another £30 at the very least! And the looks are that much different. I've thought about buying a camera bag and a rucksack. But rucksacks aren't good for laptops and I could still have to buy something extra to cushion the 2nd lens.

My bag should arrive within the next 4 - 9 days. Hopefully, if they don't use DHL, because they just spent 4 weeks fiddling with my camera in warehouse before moving it and giving it to me. Huge hassle it was.




  
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Nov 21, 2013 00:45 |  #9

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Camera in a ziploc or airtight bag to prevent condensation? If anything I think that will cause condensation. You would need the gear yo be able to breathe...not suffocated.

I would never put heat near a battery. They can explode.

I'm sure in the cold, the camera will work fine. There are photographers who take their gear to the artic and have no problems.

The bag is for when you come back into a warm, 70°F building after being out in cold weather. Condensation will form on the camera and lenses. Same principal as why your glass of ice water forms condensation on it. The bag allows the surface of the camera to warm up slowly and prevent condensation from forming.


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Nov 21, 2013 00:55 |  #10

Keep your batteries in your coat or pants pocket to keep them warm. Don't use heat packs or anything like that to keep them warm, it's not needed and you don't really want batteries to be hot.

You might check out sling packs. They can hold your laptop and usually have room for other non-camera related items.

http://www.bhphotovide​o.com …304+4122974927+​4122974928 (external link)

The one I'm thinking about getting for myself is the Tamrac Evolution 9. There are smaller sizes of it as well available.


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Nov 21, 2013 06:00 as a reply to  @ HuskyKMA's post |  #11

I have a 15.7 inch top of the line laptop and most of the bags don't seem to fit it. The Tamrac Evolution 9 looks really nice! But it costs 3x as much as the one I am currently getting and it stands out too much with all those metal zippers everywhere.

P.S It's so damn cold here, that if you stay out longer than 40 minutes, your nostrils start to freeze. XD

I hope to upload some pictures soon! :)




  
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Nov 21, 2013 14:44 |  #12

I agree with the others to keep the spare battery in a pocket on the inside of your clothes, close to your body. Heat is the bane of batteries. Excess heat is what causes them to have a shorter life expectancy. (Beware of rapid chargers that cause your batteries to become warm/hot).

If all you are carrying around is a camera + lens attached and one additional lens, you might be fine with just using a normal bag/backpack and sticking a padded insert into it. That is what I did for a long time. Then you still have room for your laptop, accessories, and whatever else you would normally want to put in the bag/backpack. And since you can use any bag/backpack, it doesn't scream "I am holding a camera in here."

I used this: http://clikelite.com …cessories/camer​a-capsule/ (external link)

But, you can find tons of different sized ones at different prices by different brands. Just find one that fits your needs.


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Nov 21, 2013 20:05 |  #13

Keep your batteries in your coat or pants pocket to keep them warm.

Coat maybe, pants pocket with some reservations. If something like car keys short scross the battery terminals you can generate some tremendous heat. So use care just where you put them.




  
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