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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2013, 09:06:21 AM »
7D + 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 II last winter at around -12°C for about two hours with nasty winds. Everything worked fine, except my fingers.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #15 on: September 23, 2013, 09:06:21 AM »

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #16 on: September 23, 2013, 09:28:09 AM »
7D/2000k/1hr.

Took a bit of colour correction in post, I had a calumet greyscale card to help me out.

Oh right, not that kind of temperature....

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #17 on: September 23, 2013, 09:30:40 AM »
7D + 17-40, 24-105 and 70-200 II last winter at around -12°C for about two hours with nasty winds. Everything worked fine, except my fingers.

Kind regards, eL

I had my 5D3 with 24-70II in about -18c while I was in Sapporo. Flawless. Batteries definitely don't last as long.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #18 on: September 23, 2013, 10:22:31 AM »
-50 in Circle, Alaska on the Yukon Quest. My body could only manage about a half hour, but the camera (5dC) and flashes were fine. On longer stints (1-2 hours) in -40, the shutter would sound like it had slowed down, but still worked fine. Keeping batteries warm were the biggest problem, but the camera really had no issues.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #19 on: September 30, 2013, 04:33:49 AM »
Minus 30 degrees Celsius with my 600D and EF-S 18-55 lens. Worked flawlessy. Also from Norway.

The only concern is when you bring the camera in. Like Eldar suggested remove the batteries, wrap the camera in a airtght plastic bag when you are outside, BEFORE you bring it in. Then wait until the gear is climatized before you use it again.

The reason for this is how condensation is generated when cold objects are brought into hot enviroments and not to risk waterdroplets forming on inside of the camera.

I did some timelapses this weekend at +3-4 C and even then dew formed at the front element of my 24-105  lens and my eyefinder of Canon 6D.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2013, 04:45:39 AM »
Minus 30 degrees Celsius with my 600D and EF-S 18-55 lens. Worked flawlessy. Also from Norway.

In such extreme temperatures, the question (nobody is likely to be able to answer here) is how much affects your shutter mechanism, i.e. how much sooner it will break due to components/lubricants being outside their meant operating range. With a Rebel it maybe won't matter that much (depending on your budget), but a 5d3 breaking is more expensive.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2013, 05:03:51 AM »
-26 C in Finland, photographing the Aurora, for around 20 minutes, but slightly warmer (possibly around -20-22 C) earlier in the night for around 3 hours. No problems experienced with my 5D MkIII and 24 f/1.4 MkII, I was pretty cold though, even with lots of thermals. I even had the same battery for all that time.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #21 on: October 02, 2013, 05:03:51 AM »

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #22 on: October 02, 2013, 06:12:17 AM »
Thank you(s) very much...
I am very pleased to know your gears have served you well.
Please keep posting  :D

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #23 on: October 02, 2013, 07:02:09 AM »
-35 or Celcius some years ago in arctic Sueden when I had a 7D, probably -40 including wind chill while driving on the snowmobile, the back of the camera covered in frost due to condensation from my body heat or when approaching the eye to the viewfinder. Zero issues

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #24 on: October 02, 2013, 07:15:22 AM »
Around -35 to -40 Celsius on a ski trip to Finland over Christmas. Had my 600D out for ages without any problems. The only issue at those temperatures is battery life, which is greatly reduced. I used a battery grip though and that seemed to help a lot. As others have mentioned, the back screen can get frosty if you're breathing on it while you look through the viewfinder. I found wearing a ski mask mitigated that for the most part though.

For operating, just make sure you have really good gloves and a bit of practice. When I was taking shots of the Aurora, I took my outer gloves off but kept the thermal linings on so I could operate the smaller buttons, but you can't do that for too long due to the cold.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #25 on: October 02, 2013, 08:06:14 AM »
5 F

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2013, 09:04:27 AM »
Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

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

Plural for gear is still gear, not gears. Gears mean something completely different.

Maybe you misunderstood the question. I have shifted the gears on my car at -40 F for hours on end.

Then again, maybe everyone else understood and didn't need a third grade teacher for a typo correction.

To answer the OP's question (taking the typo in to account), I used a 5D II photographing for almost an hour of shooting at 10 F. Before I finished the mirror failed. I do not know if it was the cold or if it was just its time. It was 9 months old and warranty covered it.
Edit: I have been in much colder with no failures, but always for short periods.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2013, 10:15:49 AM »
A few years back, was dog-sledding in just subzero with a 50D and 17-85 around my neck exposed to the wind and cold.  After about 4 hours in the cold and wind, the camera just stopped working.  It came back to life a few minutes after coming in from the cold (it warmed whatever stopped working) and seemed fine.  The next night, I was out in -31F shooting the Aurora for hours with the same camera on a tripod but with my 10-22.  Except for battery life there were no issues.  Of note, I used that camera for a couple of years after these events with no apparent issue.  The 17-85 failed but this was at least 2 years later so doubt there was a relationship.  Lens was repaired by Mack under my extended warranty and went on to serve me until I replaced my kit with the 5Diii.
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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 #28 on: October 02, 2013, 02:36:29 PM »
Anyone tried to avoid condensation by putting a camera into a condom*?

*this for convenience shake because a condom is very small to put in a wallet vs a traditional plastic bag

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2013, 02:27:08 PM »
Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...

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

probably about an hour at 10F for one of the xxD and also a 5D2

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #29 on: October 03, 2013, 02:27:08 PM »