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What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« on: September 23, 2013, 03:36:21 AM »
Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

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What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2013, 04:02:24 AM »
Please share: body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

60d / about -15 c / not very long, maybe 10min out of the bag until the shutter started getting stuck which made me quit instantly

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2013, 04:12:02 AM »
Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

I hope we will all benefit from this info.
Thank you very much

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2013, 04:13:02 AM »
I had it in -11 degrees C (-18 with wind chill) in Denver last December for about 30 mins.  Camera performed flawlessly.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2013, 04:13:46 AM »
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2013, 04:16:29 AM »
Being Norwegian, there are plenty of opportunities to test low temp performance during our winters. All of my current and also my previous bodies have been out at temperatures below -25C (-13F). Some also below -30C (-22F). That includes 5D, 5DII, 5DIII, 1DIII, 1DsIII, 1DX and probably also the 7D (don´t really remember). I have only used L-lenses. The only precaution is to pack the camera and lens in an airtight plastic bag when I go back in, which is something I learned back in the seventies and just continue to do. I´m not sure that it´s necessary for a pro body/L-lens combo, but I am not going to test the alternative.

The only problem I have had was with my AE-1 Program, probably around 1980. The shutter curtain froze. Apart from that, I have not had any issues with neither bodies or lenses.

Attached is an early January image from the mountain area where I have my cabin. It was -32C (-26F). 5DIII w. 24-70 f2.8L II.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2013, 05:55:08 AM »
Attached is an early January image from the mountain area where I have my cabin. It was -32C (-26F).

Yuck! Taken from a comfy armchair next to the stove through the window :-p ? If not, how do you operate your gear at all @these temperatures? All the gloves I own are either too thin/cold or too thick to properly hit the buttons, but then again there might be some pro-style mt. everest gear that I've never seen.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2013, 06:34:45 AM »
Attached is an early January image from the mountain area where I have my cabin. It was -32C (-26F).

Yuck! Taken from a comfy armchair next to the stove through the window :-p ? If not, how do you operate your gear at all @these temperatures? All the gloves I own are either too thin/cold or too thick to properly hit the buttons, but then again there might be some pro-style mt. everest gear that I've never seen.
He, he; The picture was taken about 3 miles on skis from my cabin, so not through a window ;) . The temperature sounds worse than it is. When it gets this cold, there is normally no wind and the air is very dry, so compared to coastal temperatures, where you have much higher humidity, you´re comfortable at much lower temperatures. It´s still quite cold though, so proper clothing is important. Warm hunting gloves and some practice gives you proper control over the buttons.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #8 on: September 23, 2013, 06:44:23 AM »
I'd say about 12°C ... below that and it starts raining here in South Africa.  ;D
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #9 on: September 23, 2013, 06:57:06 AM »
I've used the 5D3 as well as the 6D at -7C to -10C without any problems. Lenses used were 17-40L, 24-105L, 100mm macro, 100-400L and the 135L. 
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #10 on: September 23, 2013, 07:13:47 AM »
I have had my 60D out for 3 days on a canoe trip with the night time temperatures dropping down to -8C and daily highs of 5C... the camera was kept in a Pelican case and everything worked perfectly for the trip.

I have had it out for several hours at -15C to -20, carrying it in a toploader bag with one of those re-usable hand warmers inside the bag to give a bit of heat, once again, no problems....

I have had it outside at -35C for a few quick pictures and after a couple of minutes the LCD shoulder display started to get real slow... I brought it inside quickly with no damage. (slipped it into a plastic bag before coming in so there were no condensation issues)

The best camera I have used in the cold was my trusty Olympus OM-1.... completely manual and all the battery did was to operate the light meter, so when the battery died from the cold you just guessed the exposure. I had it out for hours at -65C and other than the film being a lot harder than normal to wind, it worked fine.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #11 on: September 23, 2013, 07:31:35 AM »
I have taken a 450D and kit lens into -35deg C and it was absolutely fine...  I would not worry about my 5D.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2013, 07:32:50 AM »
50D, sub-zero (don't know exact temperature but any water outdoors was definitely in solid form), several hours. No problems even after dropping it into snow.

450D, 600D, sub-zero (don't know exact temperature but I was getting frost on the lens), several hours. No problems.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2013, 08:21:33 AM »
I have been down to -30degC in Alaska shooting the Northern Lights with a 5D3 and 6D. I was out in these conditions for about 4 hours.

I did not have many issues, the main one was that the LCD screen started to have slow response as I think the liquid crystal started to freeze. It continued working though. 6D slowed down more than the 5D3.

Had really good high ISO noise performance at that temperature as well  ;D

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2013, 09:00:42 AM »
I used my old 600D in tempratures around -20°C for 1-2hours several times and I never had any problems. Haven't had the chance to test my newly acquired 6D yet.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
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