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I forgot that I had left my 5d3 and L lens in my car's trunk for a couple days while the sun was out and the temps were in the 90's.  When I opened the trunk, it felt like hot, but not like "inside the car" hot because obviously the trunk is dark.

I tried to simulate the scenario with a thermometer and it said 110.  I know that one of the days was close to 100 degrees and sunny, so I'm thinking it might have been 120 or 130 at some point. 

I've used the camera since, and the images and performance appear normal.  The manual just says avoid high heat....I'm not sure if 125 qualifies as high heat.  I know when I lived in the desert for a few years that it's sometime 115 degrees and sunny, which might subject your camera/lens to 130 degrees or more.

Has anybody ever done this?  Do I have anything to worry about?
 
What about the lens, can a lens handle this type of heat?
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 04:27:06 PM »
Main risk is the Li-ion battery in the camera - heat shortens it's useful life, sometimes dramatically, especially if the battery is fully charged when exposed to 'car in the sun' temps.
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 04:33:31 PM »
104F is maximum operating temperature specified. This means full burst operation and it will be OK, the battery gets quite a bit hotter than that in full operation and you just let it sit there. So i wouldn't worry at all... unless you meant degrees celsius.

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 04:55:07 PM »
Over a extended period, lubes may either harden, or separate and run into places where they do not belong, plastics out gas and get brittle.  This would happen slowly over a period of many weeks or months.
In the short term, the battery might vent and sustain some minor damage.
I really doubt that 2 days might damage it, but it is definitely a risk if done regularly.

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2012, 10:11:12 PM »
celsius..no, thank god..funny.

My main worry is the coatings of the lens optics...and of course the 5d3 sensor....it sounds like i shouldn't worry, but of course i do. 
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 10:30:30 PM »
LoL i've used my gear in 50 degree Celcius weather and hotter and its fine

I'm amazed people even worry about this stuff really
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 12:00:26 AM »
celsius..no, thank god..funny.

My main worry is the coatings of the lens optics...and of course the 5d3 sensor....it sounds like i shouldn't worry, but of course i do.
I would not worry about the lens coatings, they are usually applied by metal vapor deposition at higher temperatures (150-500 decrees celsius).  The sensor is safe from damage as well.  It might be noisy until it cools down, but it can take the heat.
Long term overheating is the issue to avoid, and current lubes and plastics are better than ever.

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2012, 12:00:26 AM »

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2012, 06:28:58 AM »
I've used at 40C in direct sun, where it heated much more (it was hot when touched) - no problems at all.
And what about the other side of the scale? I've used 5d2 with 70-200 f4 for photo and video at -30C. It worked great and I had no problems at all. Great cooling of CMOS btw. :) Did it happen to you to go even lower?
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2012, 06:59:06 AM »
Thanks....I'm fine with it now after reading these replies.

I know little abut the technical and engineering aspects of gear but I knew CR would have many people with that knowledge/experience.

Thanks again!

Ps...I'm surprised nobody wrote in with a "horror story" about leaving their gear in the car on a hot and sunny day when the temps inside your car can reach 200 degrees.
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2012, 02:35:19 PM »
Heat is one thing- how about humidity though? Sometimes it can get rather sticky here. (I'm not talking about the condensing type like after you shower, but the sticky outdoor summer type humidity)

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #10 on: August 05, 2012, 04:02:33 PM »
Inside the trunk was 110? It gets that hot here just shooting outside. The cameras are made to handle being left in a car, and several of my Canon buddies have no problem leaving their equipment inside a hot car here during the summertime. In fact, they expect the cameras to survive, they were built to hold up to a lot of abuse without fail.

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #11 on: August 05, 2012, 06:31:18 PM »
Rule of thumb - if you can survive the condition without harm, you can reasonably expect that your equipment will as well.


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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #12 on: August 05, 2012, 06:56:02 PM »
Rule of thumb - if you can survive the condition without harm, you can reasonably expect that your equipment will as well.
Rofl I just had an image of a person stuck in the alps after a plane crash curled in a ball trying to protect their camera from the cold
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #13 on: August 05, 2012, 08:26:15 PM »
Rule of thumb - if you can survive the condition without harm, you can reasonably expect that your equipment will as well.
Rofl I just had an image of a person stuck in the alps after a plane crash curled in a ball trying to protect their camera from the cold

That's funny. :)

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
« Reply #14 on: August 06, 2012, 12:38:11 AM »
Rule of thumb - if you can survive the condition without harm, you can reasonably expect that your equipment will as well.
Rofl I just had an image of a person stuck in the alps after a plane crash curled in a ball trying to protect their camera from the cold

Lol additional weather sealing

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Re: On a hot day I left my 5d3 and lens in my car's trunk...any damage?
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