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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 ...
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How can I identify in advance if the air is going to be clear or not?

You might want to look at weather forecasts for astronomy - some of these sites go into more details than generic weather forecasts, and have predictions for things of interest to astronomers, ...
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Is camera at risk of condensation in cold temperatures if never removed from bag?

Personally, I have never taken any steps to protect the camera from condensation, and I've had the same camera for about 7-8 years without any signs of damage (although it is a 7D which is a pretty ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Are typical camera bag materials enough for non weather sealed DSLR in 5 minutes of medium rain?

In my experience, most well-padded bags will hold dry in medium rain even for several hours. They will get soaked, but very, very slowly. The only source of immediate leaking could be the zippers. So ...
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How to get a halo of light effect?

This is not a digitally-created effect; this is a physical atmospheric phenomenon called a sun halo or 22.5° halo. It occurs when there's a thin layer of high-altitude cirrus clouds with hexagonal ice ...
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Is there any benefit to using a battery grip in frigid weather?

My experience: Temperature -45C. Standard lithium battery for Olympus E-3 has weakened after about 25 shots. Grip with 6x lithium iron phosphate batteries (every is 1200 mAh, but I doubt it's ...
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How to predict good waves - ebbing

Marine weather forecasts give the height of waves (Douglas scale) and general direction of the swell, but this is out at sea. In addition to this, waves that break on the shore are very dependent on ...
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How do I interpret weather forecasting data for landscape photography?

If you mean weather forecasts like this one it can only provide general and not-so-reliable information. It is too vague. 30% cloud coverage means that 30 % of the sky is covered by clouds. What type ...
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How to predict good waves - ebbing

At North Myrtle Beach, the variation in waves is primarily a function of wind direction, speed and bottom contour. Wind will push water into waves in shallow areas. An offshore wind has time to build ...
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How can I identify in advance if the air is going to be clear or not?

I have no idea if this holds true, but in growing up in Phoenix, AZ...the city is massive and sits within a valley, so it usually has a constant smog bubble. That bubble usually gets pushed out during ...
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Camera, trek, hike, autonomy and weather

If your main goal is to hike and to document that hike with some memorable pictures, you should take your phone camera. You mention that the last camera you used was a digital Canon (presumably point &...
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What kind of equipment or other technology is necessary to photograph "sprites" (the atmospheric phenomenon)?

Sprites are an atmospheric phenomena associated with lightning during thunderstorms. From Wikipedia: Sprites are colored reddish-orange in their upper regions, with bluish hanging tendrils below, ...
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How to predict good waves - ebbing

There are websites that cater to surfers that give predictions for wave height at various beaches. One that I know is wetsand.com. I have used it in the past but its certificate is questionable now. ...
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Automatic shooting with Canon EOS 1300D

There are two methods that people use to shoot lightning. Open the shutter for 5-10 seconds and hope to get lucky. You can use an invalometer to do this automatically. Buy a lightning trigger device....
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Are typical camera bag materials enough for non weather sealed DSLR in 5 minutes of medium rain?

Definitely, the problem is mostly water that drips, and in practice water remains in the bag's fabric (or is absorbed by the padding). I even spilled about a glass of white wine(*) in my photo bag and ...
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Are "weather sealed" gear tested or rated for their sealing?

Are "weather sealed" gear tested for how good their "weather sealing" is? AFAIK, cameras aren't tested and rated against some independent standard -- if they were, manufacturers would certainly ...
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Is there any benefit to using a battery grip in frigid weather?

Keeping one battery warm while you use the other should, in theory, give you better results. The battery well inside the camera is usually slightly better insulated than most grips and is also closer ...
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Is there any benefit to using a battery grip in frigid weather?

If your battery grip takes AA batteries, you can get disposable lithium batteries that work at -40°C.
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Camera, trek, hike, autonomy and weather

One feature you might want to consider, if you're going to be using solar panels, is whether or not you can recharge the camera's battery via USB, since most panels are probably set up for recharging ...
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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 ...
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When looking at cloud cover predictions for landscape photography, should I select my location or that of the distant mountains?

If you want the clouds to be in your photograph, check cloud coverage for where you want the clouds to be. This may be between you and the mountains, directly over the mountains, or beyond the ...
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Camera, trek, hike, autonomy and weather

Have you done this backpacking thing before? Realistically, if you'll be living in a tent, you should be avoiding anything that requires electricity. Charging batteries by solar will be a pain. ...
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Is there a way to predict haze for a given region/day?

Predict? I doubt it. Factors that contribute to haze: Warm daytime temps that allow plants to emit various hydrocarbons. Notably 'Blue Ridge Mountains' More common over hardwood forests, less ...
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Is the Canon 60D weather proof?

In my experience the combination 60D w/ EF 50mm f/1.8 STM is sealed to a great degree. My family went to Niagara falls during June 2017 and I used it for a tour of the falls from the Canadian side. ...
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How to use wide-angle lenses on cloudy days?

UWA Lenses can be fun on dull, cloudy or rainy days. I met one in the Canadian Rockies - freezing cold, sleet & snow, foggy, dull & cloudy. So here is what to do for that Color & Pop in ...
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How should I photograph falling snow?

Excuse this uncomposed for-demonstration snapshot. It shows two very relevant things about snow in an urban night environment (usually found in abundance where snow is found): Snow is not just ...
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