Discussion in 'Street, Documentary, and Portrait' started by caimi, Jan 6, 2014.
Pan GH3 P20
Love it, Caimi!
Subzero F or C? I really feel stupid for not buying some gloves a couple of weeks ago. It is ridiculous how hard it is to find a good glove though, the one I didn't buy would have been perfect if it had some conductive fabric on the fingertips rather then flip up fingertips. I have been looking online for a pair and it's such a crapshoot.
I can live with that! I was quite tempted to try my 7-14 with the new heating element in this unnatural climate. Unfortunately it really burns thru batteries.
I am accustomed to long cold winters and can give some advice about using a camera (any camera) in really cold weather.
1. Use prime lenses, because zoom lenses will freeze and become primes anyway.
2. Keep a spare battery in an inner pocket. It is important because lithium batteries don't last long when they're cold.
3. If you're shooting out in the cold, keep your camera cold. Don't put it in an inner pocket between shots.
4. When you get home, take the battery out of the camera and place the camera in a warm place for 3-4 hours. Don't turn it on while it's still cold.
I learned it the hard way: in early 2000s I had a really nice Sony P&S killed by water condensation because I violated rules #3 and #4.
Some good advice I've gotten on shooting in cold or hot temps: put your equipment in a plastic bag when you go inside. Keeps the condensation from forming on the camera/lens. I've had my stuff condense/fog up on me from going into a hot summer day from A/C indoors and from going from a cold winter day into a warm interior, now I try to keep a few plastic bags in my camera bag to be on the safe side.
Failing that, I'll wrap something in my coat or something else that insulates it for a while to let it adjust the temp more gradually.
So I guess consecutive meatlocker & hot tub shots are out of the question...
Am I doing it right?
Just returned from freezing NYC.
After shooting outside I made sure i kept the camera in the camera bag for about 30-50 mins before turning it on. Had no issues..
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