what is the lowest temperature you can use camera in

Started Jan 13, 2014 | Discussions thread
Lyle-Mi Regular Member • Posts: 389
Re: what is the lowest temperature you can use camera in
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Doubt there is any set limit. Cameras are used in northern Canada and Antarctica. Not sure where you are from, but I'd bet your winters are balmy comparatively speaking. Batteries are the big hassle, have to keep them warm to keep them operating. Have one or two spares, keep the spares inside your jacket pockets where your body will keep them warm. Rotate them through the camera as needed.That is one nice thing about the old, manual film SLRs - not battery dependent. You do have to be careful of static when winding the film and super cold film breaking though...

The next concern, after battery, is condensation. You have to be careful when moving from a warm house/car into the cold, and, even more so, when moving from the cold back into the house/car.

Generally speaking, cold air is dry air, warm air is moist air. When you suddenly change the temp of the camera, the surrounding air will deposit it's moisture on the colder surface. When going outside from warm moist air, that condensation can happen on the inside of the lenses/camera. When going from outside to inside, most of the condensation will happen on the outside of the camera but can migrate inside.

So, how do you avoid this?

Keep you camera and lenses inside a bag. Your camera bag will work, or a plastic bag. Take the camera, inside your camera bag outdoors, and do not open the bag until the contents have gradually cooled down to the outside temps. When coming inside, replace the camera into the bag, close it tightly while still outside, bring it inside and do not open the bag until the bag and it's contents again match the temperature of the surrounding indoor air. Sealing the camera (while still outside) into a plastic bag will also work well when bringing the camera inside. Again, don't open the bag until the camera has warmed up.

This condensation can also be a problem in hot, humid areas when transitioning from cold/dry air conditioning to the outdoors.

Other than these problems, your camera should work at any normal winter temperature we encounter in the States.

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