condensation - another question

Discussion in 'Digital Cameras' started by F. D. Lewis, Aug 28, 2003.

  1. F. D. Lewis

    F. D. Lewis Guest

    OK, let's see if I have it correctly.

    When you go outside where it is cold, there are no problems. However when
    you come inside from the cold, condensation can form in your camera, on your
    glasses, etc. So, what everyone seems to do is to place their camera in a
    plastic bag and let it sit for a while until it warms up. No condensation
    forms because the air in the plastic bag is dry.

    On the other hand, when you go outside where it is warm from an
    airconditioned house or car, condensation forms on cameras, glasses, etc.
    Do you place your camera in a plastic bag before leaving the airconditioned
    place? How long must you wait before you can take it out of the bag and
    take pictures? Maybe you should wait until your glasses unfog. What do you
    folks do?

    This happened on a recent trip to Hanoi where it was very hot and humid.
    Getting out of the airconditioned car made everything fog up. Not a good
    F. D. Lewis, Aug 28, 2003
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  2. F. D. Lewis

    MJ Guest

    On a recent trip to Hong Kong the humidity was very high by European
    standards. Most days I did not have the need to get my camera out of
    it's backpack type bag for an hour or more after leaving the hotel. By
    this time any temperature difference and condensation was not a
    problem. On the one day that I wanted to take pictures immediately
    outside the hotel on leaving it I had to spend a couple of minutes
    wiping the lens over and warming it up until it stayed clear. It
    wasn't any great problem.

    Now the video camera was another story. Most days I would have been
    out a couple of hours or so before using it and there were no
    condensation problems. One morning I wanted to use it almost straight
    away. Condensation crippled it as soon as I took it out for at least 2
    hours, and that was with leaving the cassette compartment open with a
    good airflow around it too. A sealed plastic bag would have kept the
    condensation off it until it had warmed up.

    MJ, Aug 28, 2003
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