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A lot of dSLRs are rated to 0 degrees celsius or 32 faranheit, though some more pro ones are rated to lower temperatures. Most of this is about the battery life, it will suffer in the cold. However, in general, condensation is going to be your enemy when moving from cold back into warmth, so the best way to handle that is to put the camera and lens into a ...


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Carbon fiber can take quite a hell of a beating, both in terms of environment (water, sand, snow) and temperature. I've heard a lot of people discussing or complaining about how carbon fiber is susceptible to extreme cold, however I think most of it is hearsay and speculation. There are only a couple times when I've read something regarding carbon fiber ...


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Storing the lens in the refrigerator for a month or even indefinitely at 43° will not harm it in any way. What could potentially damage it is removing it from that environment without taking adequate precautions. Any time you move your camera or lens from a cold environment, such as your refrigerator, to a warmer one you should be sure to place it in a ...


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I'm involved in a research project on glaciers and as such often have to use a computer in the cold, although thankfully never that cold. One thing I've found works well is wearing thin glove liners under fingerless gloves. This way you can use the equipment fairly easily but if you have a short break you can flip the mitten bit of the fingerless gloves ...


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Cold and hot are quite different and I can only answer the cold part since I live in Canada and have not been above 40+ with a digital camera. Living in Canada and reviewing digital cameras means that I have taken hundreds of cameras out at temperatures well below freezing. What normally happens is not very nasty but will stop you from taking pictures. ...


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I live in Sweden and I own a Canon EOS 450D. So far I've never had any problems with it in temperatures down to -20 °C (apart from a somewhat reduced battery life). I wouldn't really worry about your camera not working at sub zero. Every swede I know uses his/her camera in the winter (as well as their cell phones and other electric toys) and to the best of ...


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If the ball and socket holding it are made out of two different materials, they may expand and contract at different rates as the temperature changes. I suspect that the collar holding the ball is contracting faster than the ball as the temperature falls, and 'grabbing' the ball, increasing friction. You could check this by putting the ball head in the ...


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It might be worth considering that modern aircrafts (like A380) have a large amount of composite materials, including carbon fibre. To cite Wikipedia "The A380 is the first commercial airliner to have a central wing box made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic". Flying at almost 40 000 feet and experiencing temperature as low as -40 every day is proof to me ...


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The other issue with cameras in cold weather is battery life. As the batteries get cold, they lose their ability ot keep a charge. This will be an issue while out shooting. The easiest solution here is to carry more batteries than you think you'll need, and keep them in an inside pocket or some place where they're kept warm by your body. Rotate them ...


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The short answer is to ditch the batteries. They're not designed for cold weather. The longer answer is a three-step process: First, and most important, check with your camera's manufacturer to make sure the body will continue functioning in the cold if it has a good source of power. You may have to write and ask this specifically, because the published ...


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The good news is that cameras rarely get damaged by cold, even considerably below their operating limit which is 0C for nearly all DSLRs except some from Pentax. The bad news is that they stop working quickly. How quickly depends on the ambient temperature and particular camera. What fails first is the batter which looses it ability to supply current while ...


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Temperature effects camera in a couple of key areas: Chemical reactions. When the temperature drops below a certain level you get a voltage drop from the batteries as the chemical reacts that produce energy are being inhibited by the temperature. This is a temporary effect. Expansion / contraction. Certain parts will expand and contract with heat, lenses ...


4

The manual, in English, for the D3100 specifies that the operating temperature for the camera is 0 to 40 degrees Celsius. Page 184 of that manual has some tips on temperature change, but those are simple. Have a look at this question for some additional info. Now, despite what the manual says, you can go colder as the temperature is really affecting your ...


4

It's hard to beat tactical gloves when it comes to operating a camera in rough weather. Personally, I prefer Hatch Winter Specialist, although they might not be warm enough for -20c. So called "tactical" gloves usually have a smooth, seamless trigger finger (to enhance trigger pull, which works just as well with a camera shutter release) and usually a ...


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The car trunk is about as safe from cool as anywhere in the car if the car is sealed. Trunk temperatures may be dangerously high on very hot days. Use of a very well insulated container in the trunk is likely to maintain safe temperatures Ventilation or some form of active cooling would help but are unlikely to be necessary. Active ventilation of the ...


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My guess is that the high end is limited by the electronics. Silicon stops being a semiconductor at around 150°C and of course some margin is needed, so most electronics is rated for less than that. A max operating temperature of 70°C is common, with special variants available (for a premium) that can work up to 120°C. Some military grade ...


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My gut feeling tells me there can't be any considerable difference in the cold weather handling of these two cameras. The battery in D3200 is the same EN-EL14 that was already in D3100, released in August 2010. Nikon D3300 uses a new version of this battery, EN-EL14a, which otherwise is the same but has slightly higher capacity. This has been achieved with ...


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Nikon rates both of these cameras down to 0C (32° F). In fact, both manuals even warn that the battery many be damaged if used outside of the operating range (although I suspect that over 40C/104° F is really more risky). You can probably push it, especially if you take precautions, but do be prepared for (probably temporary) equipment failure. See How is ...


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I suspect the answer is simply "it's a cheap ballhead." Or at least, I can tell you that my old Arca-Swiss B1 doesn't have this problem. I often use it at night in the middle of winter and I feel it moves just as easily as in the middle of summer.


3

From my personal experience I can tell you that cold temperatures below 15 degrees C will only make the batteries run out quicker than normal. I have been in the polar circle with a pro and semi pro camera (D300 and D60) and none of them stopped working; but I had to change batteries quicker than normal. As Matt Grum said before, having the batteries in the ...


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I lived in Duluth, MN with an average high in January of -7.8°C for many years. I never used any specialized equipment, but many times found myself sitting at the lakefront for a sunrise shot at 6am or so. Personally, I've always had great luck with two different brands of gloves - Arc'teryx and Mountain Hardware. They both make excellent cold weather gear, ...


3

I'm using polartec gloves that are rather thin but wind stopping and pull over some GoreTex gloves that insulate enough to climb Swiss mountains or wander the cold -20°C Jura mountains. That works for me, but I don't have to operate a touch screen. Another approach that was recommended to me at a mountain expedition store was this one: Roeckl Karun. It's a ...


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I have a similar Manfrotto CF tripod, I have not had issues down to about 10 below so far. I am not sure what the failure mode looks like. The precautions to take would be to avoid hitting the tripod legs on hard surfaces in very cold conditions. CF legs are much nicer than the Aluminum legs I was replacing for cold weather use, as they do not chill your ...


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I have tried this myself. Difference to long-term storage of unexposed film is obvious. Controlled purposeful freezing is far from what happens in a garage or open attic during a year of ever-changing weather. Weather is a problem, not the cold temperature alone. In a normal Canadian winter and spring the temperatures go repeatedly below freezing point and ...


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I wouldn't be too worried. Many cameras are rated for use in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Celsius and some pro bodies even lower. Lenses tend to be specified in the same temperature range. As for this particular lens I couldn't find the storage and operation temperatures unfortunately. However I own many similar Sigma lenses and live in Sweden where I ...


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Firstly, welcome to China! :) May I ask where are you going? For some regions in China, A -9 C day from weather report does not mean it will be that cold all day. If it is -9 C at the coldest moment of a day, which is likely before sunrise, it can be 0+ during daytime, when it should be fine for you to take pictures. The low temperature could affect the ...


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DSLRs are now commonly used by astrophotographers, where low temperatures are a good thing - indeed some even go to great lengths to keep their sensors at as low a temperature as possible to reduce thermal noise in their images. As others have already said, condensation and battery life are the main considerations - I've never heard any astrophotograher ...


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Unfortunately, the fact that batteries perform poorly at low temperatures is a fundamental characteristic of most battery chemistries. As such, the only real solution is to either keep the battery warm, or switch to an exotic battery chemistry (and exotic batteries are not easy to get a hold of). The best idea I can think of is to fashion an external ...


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I live in South America, in Uruguay, where our heat during summer is around 36C up to 42 C (rare but this year we are having a heat wave). I have used my Canon 60D with heat, and left it in my car for a short time, around half an hour, I covered it with some clothing, yeah it sounds stupid, nothing happened to it. What's more dangerous than heat, in our ...



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