24 votes
Accepted

Can incense damage a lens?

There are reasons why broadcast studios, commercial film/video production studios, commercial photography studios, etc. have strict "no-smoking" policies and have had them for decades before the more ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
18 votes
Accepted

Can lenses be damaged by rapid temperature and/or humidity changes?

There are several separate issues involved with your question. Let's look at each in turn. Sudden temperature changes When materials are subjected to sudden temperature changes they can tolerate the ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
9 votes
Accepted

Are overheated rolls of film (both exposed and unexposed) likely to be damaged?

Black & white film is pretty robust. Remember it has been around for longer than air conditioning. In the old photo cookbooks (and even new ones, such as Steve Anchell's) there are recipes for ...
Jindra Lacko's user avatar
  • 5,990
7 votes

Can lenses be damaged by rapid temperature and/or humidity changes?

I've lived in Canada for a long time now. And my Nikon lenses have always been fine going from a comfy 25 degrees to minus 40 in a matter of minutes. Apart from some lens misting which I need to wipe ...
shobhit chaudhry's user avatar
6 votes

Can lenses be damaged by rapid temperature and/or humidity changes?

Changing environments, especially those that are as extreme the ones you describe, can damage your equipment for reasons you've already described within your question. Different materials react to ...
xiota's user avatar
  • 27k
5 votes

Can incense damage a lens?

Actually, smoke is very, very fine dust dispersed in the air. When visible in the air, its density is high enough to absorb (black cloud/dark color) or scatter (white cloud/light color) light. When ...
Crowley's user avatar
  • 1,808
5 votes

Are overheated rolls of film (both exposed and unexposed) likely to be damaged?

Photographic film is a perishable. It will be damaged if stored in a hot – humid location. That being said, the damage has been done, hopefully your film has survived. It is difficult in the field to ...
Alan Marcus's user avatar
  • 39.2k
5 votes
Accepted

What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

NiMH (which is what eneloop are, not NiCd) won't explode in heat you can survive in, but may suffer. The most likely effect is a significant reduction in capacity, most of which will recover on ...
Chris H's user avatar
  • 3,812
4 votes

What will happen to exposed 35mm film left in a car in summer heat for 3 weeks?

Film is perishable! It spoils when storage conditions include high temperatures and the latent image (undeveloped) degrades when their is a prolonged period between exposure and processing. That being ...
Alan Marcus's user avatar
  • 39.2k
4 votes

Am I storing my camera the wrong way, in a dry box with humidity between 37-48?

The mirror dampening material, just like that of the light seals, is made of foamy rubber which degrades over time and becomes brittle. Unfortunately you cannot prevent this from happening. This isn'...
timvrhn's user avatar
  • 2,702
3 votes

What will happen to exposed 35mm film left in a car in summer heat for 3 weeks?

I just developed some film that was left in my car for both winter and summer, I did not notice a big difference. Film Kodak Max 800.
Sean Brady's user avatar
3 votes

What will happen to exposed 35mm film left in a car in summer heat for 3 weeks?

The colors will probably shift a bit more than if you had stored it in proper conditions for those three weeks. As Alan answers in great detail, the shift should not be great and proper processing can ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
3 votes

Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

Yes. This kind of dust is pervasive and will get where you don't want it. The underwater housing is a good idea — or if that's too expensive, a ziplock bag, some tape, and careful checking of all the ...
mattdm's user avatar
  • 143k
3 votes

What precautions should I take for carrying batteries/shooting in the heat?

Only Lithium batteries may explode if they are used while overheating. For NiMH, overheating may damage them permanently in a way that will shorten their lifespan, but nothing more. As for NiCd, I ...
Aurélien Pierre's user avatar
3 votes
Accepted

Is it safe to keep my camera in the hot car?

The cabin of most cars can get very hot during the summertime. Where I live when the ambient temperature approaches 100ºF/38ºC on a sunny day the inside of my vehicle can go as high as 160ºF/71ºC. ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
3 votes

Can incense damage a lens?

Of course, you can protect your camera with an UV filter but beware of the breathing of the lens when focusing and zooming. Especially on those lenses where the rear element moves when doing this. A ...
Rafael's user avatar
  • 24.8k
3 votes

Can incense damage a lens?

Photographers, who worry about damaging their lens due to accidental scratching or exposure to hostile environmental conditions, mount a UV filter. This is basically a clear glass filter that limits ...
Alan Marcus's user avatar
  • 39.2k
2 votes
Accepted

How weather-resistant are Sigma Art lenses?

There is only one Sigma Art lens with is weatheproof and that is the Sigma A 12-24mm F/4 DG HSM. Many of the Sport series are weatherproof though. A clear filter will not help as there is no sealing ...
Itai's user avatar
  • 103k
2 votes
Accepted

How to verify whether the invisible/removed fungus in the second hand lens is dangerous?

Fungal spores are everywhere. Like, everywhere. There are definitely fungal spores in your camera and in your lens, unless maybe you happen to be in a NASA clean room. I mean, not to be gross, but ...
mattdm's user avatar
  • 143k
2 votes

Can a plastic-barreled lens be damaged if stored inside a car? Can sunlight damage the lens?

Excessive heat poses a risk to almost any lens by reducing the viscosity of lubricants enough that they flow into areas where they don't belong. It is common in the used lens market to look for oily ...
feetwet's user avatar
  • 3,603
2 votes

Can a plastic-barreled lens be damaged if stored inside a car? Can sunlight damage the lens?

There are two risks to consider with lenses, and both apply to pretty much every lens made. Risks from focused sunlight Focusing sunlight readily creates a risk of heating materials to dangerous ...
TheLuckless's user avatar
  • 2,330
2 votes

How much Silica Gel should I put on my Drybox?

The calculator found here (https://www.silicagelproducts.co.nz/blog/How-much-Silica-Gel-is-required) indicates that you need 5g of silica gel. That being said, even distribution will help remove ...
OnBreak.'s user avatar
  • 20.5k
2 votes
Accepted

Will my old film lenses be damaged if they are exposed to high temperatures in a moving truck?

120F is the temperature of a good ol' summer day in Phoenix, Arizona, USA. People have been shooting there for decades with film to no detriment. That being said, it's still considered an "extreme" ...
OnBreak.'s user avatar
  • 20.5k
1 vote

Can lenses be damaged by rapid temperature and/or humidity changes?

Your lens and camera do not go from 75F to 0F immediately due to the thermal inertia of the lens components and because air, in itself, is not a very good thermal conductor. Moreover, pro-lens ...
abetancort's user avatar
1 vote

How to verify whether the invisible/removed fungus in the second hand lens is dangerous?

How to verify whether the second hand lens is affected by fungus? Is the lens located pretty much anywhere on planet Earth? Then it is exposed to fungal spores. Whether those spores have had an ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
1 vote

Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

Underwater casings are overkill for your project, but it would be the best protection. If you see a use for the casing in your near future, then get it, otherwise pass on it. You can achieve great ...
Fernando Q.'s user avatar
1 vote

Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

Dust can absolutely destroy a camera. No matter how 'weatherproof' or 'dustproof' a camera is, dust will eventually get inside. When used in high risk environments additional protection should be used ...
Michael C's user avatar
  • 175k
1 vote

Will clay and wood dust affect my camera?

Dust can wreck a camera, but if you're prepared for it you can probably get the shots you want. First, protect the front lens element with a UV filter. Better to scratch up that filter than the lens ...
S Hall's user avatar
  • 11
1 vote

Can condensation be formed in the camera sensor?

Living in Florida, which is a semi-tropical area, condensation forming is a major problem. Little somewhat circular darker spots will be seen in RAWs and JPGs. The only solution is to slowly acclimate ...
user52901's user avatar

Only top scored, non community-wiki answers of a minimum length are eligible