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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #30 on: October 03, 2013, 04:30:09 PM »
The only experience I had was walking around NY city for hours when it was probably 20 F
with a Canon G9 hanging around my neck. It was so cold that the Garmin GPS damaged.

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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 #31 on: November 07, 2013, 09:22:19 PM »
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.

May I ask you to elaborate on this? What kind of airtight bags are these? Just any type?

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #32 on: November 07, 2013, 10:11:17 PM »
The idea is to prevent condensation which can then freeze.  I can't speak for others but a "zip lock" bag has worked for me. 
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #33 on: November 07, 2013, 10:31:56 PM »
Had my 60D in my backpack ice fishing all day (about 7 hours). It was -14 when we went out and topped at 20. The camera worked perfectly but the hands didn't want to operate as fast  :) 

(it doesn't get that cold very often in Nebraska like it does in Norway but that's the coldest I had mine)
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #34 on: November 07, 2013, 11:41:23 PM »
Antarctica 2012 over 6 weeks we had 11Days that went to -40 with wind chill. Svalbard 2013 we had 6 days where the temperature went to -35, again with wind chill. 1Dx worked flawlessly, but Batteries last about 45 minutes or less. Lenses used were 400 & 600 in Antarctica, 200-400 & 600 in Svalbard, again no issues, I do use Lens Coate covers, not for any aesthetic look, purely to protect the Lens from dust/dirt/knocks and my hands in the cold conditions of the Arctic/Antarctic.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #35 on: November 07, 2013, 11:48:31 PM »
  9 deg F. For about 20 minutes. It was at the Queen Mary Chill ice sculpture exhibit. A 7d with a 24-105. I was frozen but the camera was fine. Had a lot of condensation buildup after going from 9 deg to 65 deg, but was fine after about 20 minutes

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #36 on: November 08, 2013, 12:29:48 AM »
Took my 6D on an early morning walk a couple of weeks after I got it.  No worse for wear.
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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 #37 on: November 08, 2013, 03:34:19 AM »
Windchill temperatures are irrelevant, its the still air temperature which decides how cold the gear gets.

Airtight bags aren't really crucial, any bag which prevents the air from circulating freely around the equipment should be enough. I just keep my stuff in my camera backpack with the zipper closed over night and have no issues with condensation forming on it when moving from -20 to +20 inside (celsius).

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #38 on: November 08, 2013, 04:03:32 AM »
Please share:
body name / lowest temperature / how long etc...


5D2+100-400L/ -15°C (4°F) / about 1 hour / +100 pics of young siberian tigers in snow (zoo)  :)

everything worked well, didn't even have to change the battery,  8)
only prob was, that I had forgotten my gloves (metal body and lens on pure skin)  :(

after that I left the gear in the bag for +3 hours at +21°C (70°F). no condensation.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #39 on: November 08, 2013, 05:38:54 AM »
when researching snow leopards in the mountains of western China (min altitude 3400m) my old 50D and sigma lenses went down to -25 in my tent most nights and suffered no ill effects other than the lcd screen seeming a little less responsive and the whole ensemble smelling a lot like yak buy the end of a trip. I have a friend out there who still uses her 60d and sigma ultrawide + canon 18-200 with no problems. Also once took a 40D and sigma 10-20 up to 6000 metres and the night before we submitted the mountain it was well below -20c.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #40 on: November 13, 2013, 06:05:26 AM »
Some time in February, I think 2009, I had the marvellous idea of going outside to shoot at -27C. Did not have a car, went biking for about 4km and back home. At the time, I had my old EOS 10D and sigma lenses 17-35 2.8-4 and sigma 105mm. Besides 50mm 1.8 II.
After 3 hours shooting with no problem, the LCD started to react much slower and the AF i the lenses to be very slow. I decided to leave home, that was the first time that my toes got frozen, very painful to get them back to life :)

This year in March we were outside photographing the aurora and it was -20C. Canon EOS 5D mark II, 24mm 1.4L II, Sigma 12-24mm and Canon 24-70mm 2.8 L.

Besides that we were freezing, toes again as well as hands, no problems at all, 4 hours outside in total. Batteries get empty quite faster than normally, but I did not miss any shot because of this.

I usually put my equipment back in my Lowepro old minitrekker and fastpack with lots of silica gels (I always carry them inside the bags) and I have not had any problem. Just be careful and leave the camera to warm up inside the backpack.

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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #41 on: November 13, 2013, 07:21:09 AM »
I regularly bring both my 5D III and 6D with me on northern lights sessions in the backcountry here in Sisimiut, Greenland. Both bodies have battery grips.

We're on the west coast of Greenland, about 40 kilometers north of the Arctic Circle, and I often work with the cameras in -25 Celsius, and usually there is a Canon 24mm f/1.4L II or a Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 on the camera.

I have done quite a few star trail attempts (often ruined by too much northern lights... luxury problem) where I've left the cameras outside in -20 Celsius and colder overnight. I then wrap the body and parts of the lens in fleece jackets and woollen stuff, and I get about 7 hours of operation out of a setup like that in -20 Celsius (about 400-450 60 second exposures). Actually the wired remote often dies before the camera, even if the remote is wrapped in it's own dedicated woolen glove and nursed with one of these thermal / heating packs you can put in gloves.

The climate up here is very dry, and I have never had any issues with camera malfunction or anything relating to condensation. Sure, everything gets a bit moist when I come inside, but I just leave the camera turned off until it has dried out. It takes less than an hour. And as long as you NEVER take it outside in the cold again before it is dry, I don't see much of a reason to begin wrapping it and bagging it and such. At least, I have never done so on 50+ nights of northern lights hunting, and I've never had an issue. But of course this depends a lot on the local climate and air humidity.
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #42 on: November 15, 2013, 09:08:53 PM »


-25F with rebels a couple times.  You know it is brutal out when ice water is steaming like mad.   -10F for hours doing star trails with rebels and 5D II.  Only problem that happens is the LCD slowing down. 

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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 #43 on: November 15, 2013, 10:13:00 PM »
Scanning old slides and came across this one.... The town of Resolute, NWT, Canada, shot with an Olympus OM-1 and Kodachrome64, during a COLD!!!!! snap. The air temperature was at -65C (record low) and the air was insanely clear... you could see some mountains that were 180 miles away.... but all the pictures I took that day came out blurry and I am not sure why as it looked clear through the viewfinder...

Resolute was the coldest place I have ever worked.... we kept the 4x4 in a garage that was heated to -40C... that's right..... HEATED to -40C... at that temperature you could still get it to start if you plugged in the block heater and battery warmer/charger...
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
« Reply #44 on: November 19, 2013, 07:57:38 AM »
Where's Neuro, claiming to have personally built a cryostat with a cooled volume large enough to put his 1DX in and several BIFs, and taken a series of 14-shot-per-second bursts, all at 7.8 nanoKelvins?   :-)
 
 
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Re: What was the lowest temperature have you brought your gears into?
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