andz
Posts: 7626
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:49 pm

Cold Weather Precautions

Sun Mar 05, 2006 4:21 pm

I am flying to London tonight and on to Helsinki, what precautions if any should I take when moving from plane to outside to hotel to outside etc as there will be quite big swings in temperature? I have a 350D.
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
 
dendrobatid
Posts: 1645
Joined: Sat Nov 06, 2004 3:40 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:08 pm

I wouldn't worry too much about it but I do hope you have spare batteries. A few weeks ago I was at MAN on a very cold day and the batteries dropped very quickly but recovered quickly when warmed in my trouser pocket.
The batteries get very inefficient at low temps.
I expect Helsinki to be colder than MAN

Mick Bajcar
 
Staffan
Posts: 3879
Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:21 am

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Sun Mar 05, 2006 5:11 pm

Nothing to worry about.

Staffan
 
aviopic
Posts: 2423
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:52 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Sun Mar 05, 2006 7:37 pm

Well there is a lot to tell about this subject.
Not sure whether someone is interested but just skip it if you don't.

Taking your electronic gear from warm to cold and vice versa is basically known as a "burn in test".
Standard procedure for any new designed piece of avionics in our aviation world where you want to know how well the device works after 15 years or so.
Of course you can't wait that long so the idea is to make it 15 year older in a day or so.
This is normally done in a temperature chamber by means of a predefined cycle: room temp, warm(70 deg.) and cold(-40 or so) and so on for a number of times while the device is hooked up and in operational condition.
The stretching and shrinking is responsible for the ageing process.

In other words Andz, you leave with new gear and will come back with very much second hand Big grin

Have a good time,
Willem
The truth lives in one’s mind, it doesn’t really exist
 
andz
Posts: 7626
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:49 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 12:00 am

Thanks Willem that kinda makes me want to leave my 3 month old camera at home!
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...
 
aviopic
Posts: 2423
Joined: Sat Mar 13, 2004 7:52 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:04 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 4):
that kinda makes me want to leave my 3 month old camera at home!

I did not mean you should leave your camera home, I would take it anyway what ever the conditions are.
Besides I guess your hotel isn't 70 degree inside is it ? Big grin
The truth lives in one’s mind, it doesn’t really exist
 
Morvious
Posts: 637
Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:36 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 3:49 am

Like Mick also said,

I went spotting last weekend with temperatures around -2*C while the feeling temperature was around -10*C.

The camera did its job, only the battery died after 1,5 hours of shooting. (Normally a whole day).

When warmed up you can use it again, but it goes fast with cold temperatures.

I wouldn't care much about the equipment.. If I were you I would take care of yourself out there.. Take warm clothes with you, one pair of gloves and something to warm your ears, head and face with  Wink

Have fun,
Stefan van Hierden
have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
 
psyops
Posts: 319
Joined: Sun Oct 09, 2005 3:37 am

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:17 am

Minus 2C? Sigh, if only.

I shoot quite a bit at -20C to -35C and the only issue I have is as already mentioned the batteries. For my D200 I have 4 batteries that I rotate from the camera to a warm place.

I go in and out of my truck fairly often (i.e. big temperature swings) and have had no "burn in" issues with any of my cameras over the past few years. You just need to watch the condensation on the lens and viewfinder and LCD panel.

Pete
 
Staffan
Posts: 3879
Joined: Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:21 am

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:38 am

I've used my digital in temperatures below -25C for several hours, still works fine. I wrap it in a plastic bag when I bring it inside to avoid condensation.



It was cold...  Smile
 
manc
Posts: 335
Joined: Mon Nov 14, 2005 12:33 am

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Mon Mar 06, 2006 6:41 am

A few layers of clothes!! I managed around 230 shots today at LHR on 1 battery and there was some life left. It was very cold and windy! I think I was the weakest link not the camera today as my feet froze first!!
No URL in signature please
 
Morvious
Posts: 637
Joined: Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:36 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:52 am

Quoting Psyops (Reply 7):
Minus 2C? Sigh, if only.

Hey, a feeling tewmperature of -8C is cold here these days  Wink!!

I would freeze to death in -25 Big grin
have a good day, Stefan van Hierden
 
andz
Posts: 7626
Joined: Mon Feb 16, 2004 7:49 pm

RE: Cold Weather Precautions

Thu Mar 09, 2006 2:00 am

Well I am in HEL at minus 8C and the camera is still working, and no my hotel isn't 70 degrees inside, probably a very comfortable 20C! Thanks for the feedback!
After Monday and Tuesday even the calendar says WTF...

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 5 guests