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Soon I will be taking a trip to Grand Marais, MN. I am planning on using my Canon 50d a fairly significant amount outside. Is there a risk of permanently damaging my camera in the cold? It is forecasted to have a high around 1 F (-17 C) and a low around -13 F (-25 C) while I am there. I understand that batteries will hold a charge for much less time, and am prepared for that. Thank you

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marked as duplicate by Michael Clark, mattdm, MikeW, Esa Paulasto, Paul Cezanne Jan 26 '14 at 14:03

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@MichaelClark, does the 50d fit in the same category as those other entry-level DSLRs? I understand that it uses different materials in the build, which I can see as having an impact on temperature tolerance. – Evan Pak Jan 26 '14 at 4:56
You may find great answers here:… – angel rojas Jan 26 '14 at 4:59
Almost all DSLRs are made with polycarbonate/fiberglass blends. Even cameras such as your 50D that have a magnesium alloy shell have many parts made of polycarbonate/fiberglass. As far as I am aware the light boxes in all Canon and Nikon bodies, from entry level all the way up to the D4 and 1D X, are made of engineering grade plastics specifically because they are more resistant to temperature changes. As the answers to the other questions above point out, the first things to go are the batteries, regardless of whether a camera is entry level, pro level, or somewhere in between. – Michael Clark Jan 26 '14 at 5:17
It should be noted that magnesium allow can get fairly brittle in cold temperatures and a hard drop or other type of blow to the body will be more likely to result in cracks if this occurs in extremely low temperatures. – Michael Clark Jan 26 '14 at 5:19

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