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They do not really go haywire, mostly stop working. There is little chance your cameras would remain operational in that weather for more than a few minutes. There are really two things that happen in extreme cold. Starting at below 0C, most camera batteries start losing their ability to produce current. It is a slow process as the battery cools down. So ...


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There are two main elements I see in your example images: Contrast These images have relatively low contrast. The brightest whites are nowhere near pure white. They're light grey. The darkest blacks are nowhere near pure black. They're dark grey. You can do this by reducing overall contrast, by lightening up the shadows (also known as reducing the blacks, ...


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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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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'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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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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There are two distinct characteristics that most of these images share - colour palette & 'hazy glow'. Let's tackle them separately. I'm always tempted to think that any edit was done as easily as possible rather than as complicatedly as possible... Comparing the first set of 'Ravenclaw' pictures to the 2nd 'cup' image, the only real shared ...


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A few additional observations–recently finished a video job at -32°C/-26°F in Fairbanks, Alaska. The fluid head tripod froze and was useless. The record button became very stiff, hard to use, and sometimes unresponsive. Watch your breath. It can get in the shot or fog your lens. And of course the camera lens fogged up briefly once it was directly brought ...


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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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Have you experimented much with photo-editing as yet? Do you know of that infamous 'histogram' that is often spoken about in tutorials, etc? That look you've described above happens when the darks in the histogram aren't quite touching the end of the graph. Using whichever method of editing you find most comfortable, that's what you'd need to achieve. For ...


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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 ...


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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 ...


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I don't know Canon cameras, but have done some work at low temperatures. The likely cause of your AF performance is the effect of low temperatures on the battery. The best way of dealing with the problem is: Have a lot of fully charged batteries Use one for only a short period Assume it will lose charge at (at -32o C) at approximately 10-50 times normal ...


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For sounding rockets, just use an insulated enclosure with the lens sticking out -- flight time is short, and thermal inertia should keep the camera working. A hand-warmer containing iron filings and salt water might keep it warmer, if need be. Since these heaters require oxygen, they'll slow in less-dense atmosphere, where the need is less because of low ...


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its going to rain and its going to be cold. Everybody can shoot great pictures if the conditions are easy. Making it work no matter what is part of being professional. I think that the effort the photographer has to put into his work grow exponentially the further away the conditions are from ideal. If it rains for them and is cold, be mentally prepared ...


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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 grip-...


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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 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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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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While Steven's answer is a good guess, it turns out lubricants freeze long before metal contracts due to cold. This makes ball-heads with oil or grease not usable beyond a few degrees below 0C / 32F. Grease-free and oilless ball-heads operate easily down to -40C / -40F. At some colder temperature, materials will eventually contract but that will be far ...


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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 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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Check the specs of your camera wrt temperature. If Canon says it'll be fine, bring a couple spare batteries because cold saps battery power. As for the temperature difference between outside and inside, what you need to worry about is condensation on the camera + lens. This will occur whenever a much colder item is moved into a warmer environment. The ...


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