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How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:21 pm

What's the coldest you've ever been photographing planes?

I have to go to Moscow for nearly three weeks on business soon, and I'm hoping to get the chance to get to SVO and DME to take some photos. The problem is, average daytime temp in Moscow this week is -12C! I've checked my camera's manual, and it states the operating environment temp range as 0-40C, so those sort of temperatures would seem to be way too cold.

I'm hoping for the temp to lift a bit (Europe is generally feeling the same icy blast that Moscow is), and for the weather to be nicer.
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Staffan
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:31 pm

Analogue cameras -35C, digitals -25C. At these temps batteries drain in no time so make sure to bring extras in a pocket close to your body. Some lenses work better than others too, mainly focusing tends to get sluggish with some lenses.

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 9:32 pm


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Taken around 10AM in December 2003 at Bodø Air Force Base. Temperature was about 10-15 degrees celsius below 0. Add the freezing and strong wind, and you have more like -30 degrees celsius effective temperature.

I remember I was barely able to stand upright in the wind. I had a huge jacket on, and tried to expose as little skin as possible. The photo only came out sharp thanks to a brick wall that happened to be near the hangar.  Smile

It was worth it though...

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 10:16 pm

I shot in -10C - -15C in Canada. Yes the batteries do drain much quicker and my camera had trouble focusing/judging light levels.
 
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:24 pm

Coldest I've shot in was -31C.
 
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Mon Feb 28, 2005 11:27 pm

I have taken photos with the Canon Dreb this winter at about 0 F (That's about -18 C to the rest of the world). The temperature seemed to be harder on me than on my camera. I didn't notice any ill effects on the camera. I hopped back in the car as soon as I could after taking shots. I didn't notice any problems with fogging.
 
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 12:53 am

Just this morning at my homebase Munich (MUC/EDDM) I shot beautiful take-off pictures during sunrise. Well, and the official temperature at the airport at 07:00 AM local time today was -23 degrees Celsius, the coldest night of this winter so far. The batteries in my 300D with batterygrip however did a great job. Just the inside of nose froze...  Wink/being sarcastic

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:11 am

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I've been shooting not airplanes but nothern lights with my Eos 3 + grip at -35 C in Lapland, Finland.. The camera worked fine but it was inside my jacket and took it out just for the photo (long exposure pics). The only thing that suffered was the LCD not showing well the info..

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 3:36 am

The coldest I ever photographed in is -15 C

The day before I took this shot it was extremely cold in Stockholm
The day I took this photo it was "only" -8 C or something like that.

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:17 am

Coldest I've ever shot in was -42 C, that was this past Christmas eve. There was very little wind so you can dress for it, actually I had too many clothes on and had to remove a few layers. I've got an EOS 3 & grip, and like Enrique says the LCD is very slow in those temps, but doesn't seem to bother the camera at all if you are using lithium batteries.
 
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:34 am

Flyfloats..

Sorry but i think 'my' low temperature wins yours because I'm coming from a place where normal temperatures in winter are about 10-15 Celsius and my camera is used to this warm climate  Big thumbs up

All the best

PD: If you use the grip (PBE-2 if I remember) the batteries are alkaline ones.
 
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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:41 am

I made the mistake once of shooting in sub-zero F using alkaline batteries. I swear they died after a few shots, and I had to run inside to get my rechargeables. You think those things run out fast normally, just use them in the cold.

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 8:50 am

Coldest I have shot was -10F which I think is about -23C. It seems that in Minnesota, the brightest, most vivid sky's are on the coldest days. My freshly charged battery for my Nikon D70 lasted about an hour, but by then my fingers were done too. Luckily when I was shooting this day there was no wind.


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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 9:02 am

Quoting Transglobal (reply 12):
It seems that in Minnesota, the brightest, most vivid sky's are on the coldest days


No humidity.  Big grin

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 1:03 pm

15F for me, and I was dumb and didn't set e/v comp correctly for the extremely bright conditions and all my shots sucked! LOL Wasted, cold morning.  Smile

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RE: How Cold Do You Shoot?

Tue Mar 01, 2005 2:05 pm

Quoting Fiveholer (reply 14):
I was dumb and didn't set e/v comp correctly for the extremely bright conditions and all my shots sucked!


Haha, I know what you are talking about. I once was taking pictures of my dog in the snow in very bright sunlight, and looking at them afterward, I had a lot of pictures with great detail of the snow, with what looks like a dog silhouette over it.  Smile

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