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What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather?

What temperatures can consumer-level DSLRs and lenses typically handle? Are there any precautions one should take too minimize potential problems (e.g. condensating water)? What about moving in and ...
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What will happen to a camera if it is taken to an environment beyond its operating temperature?

I notice that most camera have operating temperature of 0 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius. As for weather-proof camera, they can usually operate at -10 degree Celsius to 40 degree Celsius. So, I ...
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How is the cold resistance of entry level DSLRs?

Next month I am going to North of Sweden for 6 months. So I'm looking for a new SLR-camera to take photos there. I'm not a professional photographer so I decided to buy an entry level SLR camera - the ...
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Besides several Pentax DSLRs, what cameras are rated for operation below 0 °C (32 °F)?

Many Pentax DSLRs are rated for operation down to -10 °C (14 °F). This is a selling point of these cameras, and they are specifically tested to operate reliably at this temperature (with a note on ...
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Operating camera in Arctic winter

I have read at a few places that cameras go haywire when used in temperatures around -20 degree centigrade or below (like Arctic winter) and as I understand it's a hardware limitation. Do we need to ...
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Are there any ways to combat "sluggish battery syndrome"?

For anyone who has done any extensive photography in very cold weather (weather below freezing), I'm sure they have encountered "sluggish battery syndrome". This is where the camera battery, when it ...
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How do I get this foggy/cold/blueish look in my photos?

I'm new in the photography realm and I want to achieve a foggy/cold/blueish kind of magical look with my pictures. Something like these pics 1st image, click for full size Please help me! :)
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I accidentally refrigerated my lens for a month. Should I be worried?

When preparing for a hike, I ended up putting my whole backpack in the fridge to cool the water in the Camelbak inside of it. The hike was canceled, and I'm the kind of guy that doesn't really care ...
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How useful is silica gel for protecting SLR cameras against condensation from changes in temperature?

I am planning to travel to places like Switzerland (Mt. Titlis) which has temperatures going down to -15 C. I have the Nikon D3100 SLR camera. I am not sure about the performance of the camera in such ...
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Using carbon-fiber tripods in cold weather: safe temperatures, precautions, and effects of failure

I'm considering buying Manfrotto 055CXPRO3 carbon-fiber tripod legs with a Manfrotto 498RC2 ball head, but I've read that carbon fiber can break at low temperatures. (Note that the 055CXPRO3 uses pull-...
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Why does a ball-head get stiff in cold weather?

While to shooting in rather cold-weather (-14C), the ball-head on my tripod became very stiff and very hard to move. Even with the knobs at their minimum which normally cause the whole thing to drop ...
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How best to repair water damage

I have some irritating behaviour on my Sony NEX5. It was unfortunately a bit water damaged, but through days of meticulous drying it seems to be behaving itself a little better. However, now it's ...
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