newbie question: with winter right around the corner..........

Discussion in 'Photography' started by Smed, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. Smed

    Smed Guest

    hello... im shooting with a Canon digital Rebel and have a quick question
    about shooting in winter months...

    im in Missouri and the winters can get pretty brutal but also give
    opportunity for great shots... my question is if i take my camera out of the
    bag from my warm vehicle, will the lens get covered in fog like eye glasses
    do?... i realize i should avoid breathing on the lens, but will just the
    difference in temperatures be enough to fog the shot?...

    thanks for any help.... i have a million other questions but i'll try to
    limit myself to one a day...

    Smed, Aug 14, 2006
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    Pat Guest

    Yes. And the electronics can too.

    It is best to keep it in your photo bag or something similar and let it
    warm up slowly. Sometimes you can't help it and don't worry about it,
    but if you can do it slowly, it is worth it.

    Once things are up to room temp, check you gab once in a while and make
    sure you aren't getting condensation in it. If it's a tight bag with
    lots of stuff jammed in, it's good to let things air out.
    Pat, Aug 14, 2006
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    Richard Guest

    I am a bit farther north (Canada) and it gets a bit colder here as well.
    I follow 2 different methods.
    1 If I am only going to use the camera for a few shots and I am in or
    near a warm place that I am returning to either in between or after
    shooting, I try to keep the camera under my jacket to keep it warm, take
    the shots, return it under the jacket and then get back to a warm place.
    In other words, limit the time the camera is in severe temperatures.
    2 If I am going to be outside taking pictures for a while, let the
    camera reach outside temperature, within the limits identified by the
    manufacturer. Keep it outside and keep it from getting wet (snow or snow
    pellets). Then when you are ready to go into a warm place, like the car
    or a house, place the camera in a sealable plastic bag, remove the air
    and seal it. Place it in a camera bag or wrap it in clothing so the
    temperature of the camera returns slowly. The plastic bag will reduce
    the likelihood of condensation forming directly on the camera body or on
    the lens.

    One of the worst scenarios involves taking a camera into the cold,
    bringing it in to a warm place and after it gets covered in
    condensation, return it to the cold where the condensation turns to ICE!
    My policy has been either try to keep the camera warm (#1) or keep it
    cold (#2)
    Hope this helps,
    Richard, Aug 15, 2006
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    ColinD Guest

    No. Fogging or dewing occurs when a cold object is taken into a warmer
    environment. A relatively warm object exposed to colder temperatures
    will not fog; but if it gets cold while there, it will fog when taken
    back into a warmer area.

    Pat's answer is correct as he explained it, but he has mistaken your
    question, which was about taking a warm camera out into a colder atmosphere.

    Colin D.
    ColinD, Aug 15, 2006
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    Pat Guest

    You're right. But I saw cold, eye glasses, etc. and just
    assumed/misread cold camera into warm area.
    Pat, Aug 15, 2006
  6. Smed

    Pat Guest

    Good post. Now tell him about keeping his batteries warm and what
    happens to them in freezing temps.
    Pat, Aug 15, 2006
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