Digital SLRs and Cold Temps?

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Pegleg, Dec 19, 2009.

  1. Pegleg

    Pegleg Guest

    What experience do folks here have with the
    display screens in colder (below freezing) temps?

    And, how is it best to manage bringing a cold slr
    back into a warm home to avoid condensation. The
    only guidance I am familiar with is to put the
    camera in a sealed plastic bag prior to bringing
    it inside.


    Canon EOS 50D
    Pegleg, Dec 19, 2009
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  2. Never really paid much attention to it one way or the other -- take mine
    skiing and out in the cold often and have never had a problem using it in
    the cold, or bringing it in out of the cold and using it. Mind you I do try
    to avoid skiing or walking when it is colder than -20C. I use an Off Trail
    bag that usually has desiccant pack in it but I don't know if that makes a
    difference or not.

    Battery consumption is more in the cold so they say but have never really
    Brian Sullivan, Dec 19, 2009
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  3. I asked a dessicant maker about that, and was told that to do any
    effective drying quite quickly, such as overnight, you need a
    dessicant pack of about the same size as the camera. The little
    dessicant packs that come in packing boxes aren't meant to dry out
    damp cameras, they're just meant to keep the dry in-box packing
    atmosphere in the sealed box dry as it's shipped round the world.
    Battery comsumption isn't more in the cold, it's the effective battery
    charge which is reduced in the cold (and restored as you warm them
    up). That's why keeping spare batteries warm in inside pockets helps.
    Chris Malcolm, Dec 20, 2009
  4. Pegleg

    Pegleg Guest

    Thanks for the response but I wasn't asking about
    how to dry a camera out. I was asking for methods
    used to avoid getting to the point where you have
    to dry it out,,,i.e. a slowed warming process when
    coming in from cold temps to avoid forming any

    Pegleg, Dec 20, 2009
  5. Pegleg

    LOL! Guest


    Next time, don't open up that garbage sack again. Put it to use for its
    original purpose. That's all it contains at this point -- GARBAGE.

    And they still don't get why I ditched every last piece of shit DSLR gear
    long ago.

    Yes, folks!


    LOL!, Dec 20, 2009
  6. No problems with my EOS 10D at all on my last trip:
    I just keep it stored in the backpack for a couple of hours, so it warms
    up slowly.
    Robert Spanjaard, Dec 20, 2009
  7. You're right about the problems of preventing condensation when moving
    the camera from a cold dry atmosphere to a warm one. Sometimes cold
    outdoors photography takes place in cold wet conditions however, and
    you end up with a camera damp from fog, snow, or rain. When
    backpacking and living in a tent it can be impossible to get to warm
    dry conditions for days. So it's very handy to have a bag or box you
    can put a cold damp camera in at the end of the day, and the next
    morning take out a dry camera. That's what you need the very large
    dessicant bags for, for drying out a wet camera in wet
    conditions. That can stop the migration of wetness from the relatively
    harmless outside surfaces of the camera to the electronic insides
    where it can cause problems.

    And not just cameras. Such a dessicating box or bag which is strong
    enough to dry wet things out is very useful when trying to keep cell
    phones, radios, and other sensitive electronics going in persistently
    wet conditions.
    Chris Malcolm, Dec 21, 2009
  8. Pegleg

    Martin Brown Guest

    Main problem I get is in very cold temperatures the batteries fail
    prematurely and require replacement with a warm set from my inside
    jacket pocket. Unfortunately to get the cold ones up to spec again they
    have to go in the inside pocket. It isn't just SLRs that fail this way.
    Anything with a battery in it. There is some point to clockwork still -
    although you do also get wind-on problems with film going brittle...

    Sealed bag or box and some dessicant in it.
    You never owned any to begin with...

    Martin Brown
    Martin Brown, Dec 21, 2009
  9. Pegleg

    LOL! Guest

    If only that were true. Then I could post just as much misinformation and
    hyperbolic psychotic crap as the rest of you wannabe pretend-photographers
    post daily.
    LOL!, Dec 22, 2009
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