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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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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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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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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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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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What kind of gloves to use for operating a camera in freezing temperatures?

I am wondering what kind of gloves are practical to operate a camera (a GF3 in my case) in sub-zero temperatures (down to -20°C). Ideally it should be possible to both operate the touchscreen, take ...
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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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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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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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Can photographs survive freezing temperatures?

So we have some old family photos. These photos date 40-10 years old... some maybe newer. A family member of mine stored these photos in the garage for a year. This is in Toronto, Canada, so ...
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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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Can low tempertures permanently decrease the life of a camera battery?

I did lots of searching on this topic, but I'm still confused. I understand because of the chemical reaction in low temperature, it discharges very quickly. But, if you take your camera to a place ...
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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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Are there any tripods specially designed for sub-zero temperatures?

I enjoy taking winter photos and lately the colder it's been the more I liked the results. The last 3 times I've been out shooting it was between -20C to -30C and windy, so probably colder with the ...
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How to take pictures when it’s really cold

I’m going to Fairbanks Alaska over Thanksgiving, and was wondering how to take pictures on my DSLR camera with gloves. Looking at the forecasts, it will be really cold (around 5°F/-15°C) and will ...
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How well will a nonweatherproof Canon Rebel DSLR hold up in the cold and snow?

I'm going to Prague for a week and I'll be all day out in the cold and in the snow. I have a Canon 600D and I just discovered that my camera is not weatherproof. Is it safe for my camera? At the hotel,...
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Would it be safe to mount a metal adapter to my cameras hot shoe or would I risk damaging it by short?

Today I received a red dot finder wich I intent to use with 500-1000mm lenses. It turned out that it has a metal cold shoe, may I mount this on my Sony A7 or would I risk some damage by shorting ...
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Preserving AF speed and accuracy in extreme cold?

How can I keep my camera focusing well when it's very cold out? I recently did a portrait shoot where it was around 10 degrees Fahrenheit (-12 Celsius), using my Canon EOS 50d, and 50mm f/1.8 STM. I ...
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How can I best shoot a rainy wedding? [duplicate]

Tomorrow I have my third wedding to photograph, but its going to rain and its going to be cold. It's more or less the opposite of what the couple wants and they are going to be pissed. It's also ...
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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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Are there extreme low temperature (-30°C) issues when shooting with a mirrorless and camera and zoom lenses?

What reliability and durability issues can I expect from mirrorless cameras (like a Sony A7) and zoom lenses at extremely low temperatures like -30°C (-22°F)? Lower battery life is clear, but what ...
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What kind of action cameras work in very low temperatures?

I'm looking to research on mounted cameras on supersonic planes, sounding rockets and what cameras can survive the flight as temperatures go below upto -50 C. The range I'm looking at is about -25 to -...
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Can 70 mm Kodak Ektachrome film survive in +200 to -200 degrees Celsius (+392 to -328 degrees Fahrenheit) temperatures?

I've seen radiation issues on filmstock where it kind of lightens up the image, lowers contrast. Deep sea cold, or near volcanic temperatures could affect the filmstock/roll.
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How can I keep my camera warm while photographing time lapses over a few hours of 25F / - 4C temperatures?

I may have an oppty to photograph some time lapses over the next few days. However, the location's temperature will be about 25F / -4C. I'm looking for clever/creative ways to warm my gear while it ...
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Do I need anything special to shoot a timelapse in -10 degrees Celsius?

Will I be able to shoot 1-2 hours timelapse in -10 / -5 degrees Celsius? What should I worry about, lens, camera, battery (obviously), memory card? Can I do anything if I don't have a specialised ...
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The wrong focus in the cold

I took pictures with a "Start" film camera and, accordingly, 35mm. When photographing indoors, everything is fine, but only i take this camera outside in severe frost (below -15 ° C), the ...
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Is there an advantage to either the Nikon D3200 or D3300 in cold weather?

My mother is strongly considering purchasing one of the two cameras. (D3200 or D3300). She was looking for a good entry level DSLR so she could catalog her travels around the North and dabble with ...
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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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Unusual ideas for a 10 yr old taking photos on theme of 'Cold'? [closed]

Can anyone help please?! She has a Nikon D60.
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