Do not leave camera on places prone to excessive heat...

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  1. (Ghastly) Krueger

    (Ghastly) Krueger TPF Noob!

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    ... such as in a car in a sunny day.

    Well, I'm trying to have my camera ready most of the time, in an effort to take more photos.

    Thing is, I'm not allowed to take it inside my place of work, so I have to leave it in my car for most of the day. We are getting temperatures around 30°C.

    Does anybody know if this can damage the camera / film? Is there something I can do to protect them, like putting the camera inside an icebox? (You know, the small ones used to keep beverages cool in a picnic)

    Thanks in advance

    (Edit: it's a Canon Elan 7)
     
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    Excess heat certainly isn't good for film. If you have a cooler, that would probably be a good idea.
     
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    Thanks Mike.

    Thinking about it, the camera bag I use is padded... I'll get a thermometer and make some readings inside it...
     
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    Good call.

    Be careful to avoid condensation, which can happen when you take the camera from cold dry air into warm humid air. This can happen if your camera is cold, inside the bag, and you take it out into the heat. I've had this happen to me, when I packed the camera bag in an air conditioned hotel room and later opened it when outside in a warm & humid climate.
     
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    OK, thanks for the heads up.
     
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    If you use a cooler or ice chest, Don't put ice in it.
     
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    man that made me laugh, but you never know, some one might do it i guess, lol
     
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    Witht this situation you are just asking for trouble. Film being subjected to excessive heat is of course going to be damaged not to mention your camera Personally I don't think a cooler is going to be a good solution to this problem.
     
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    Not to mention the risk that if your car's broken into, you could lose your camera(s). Maybe it's not worth it schlepping it to work and back if you can't use it during the day anyway.
     
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    It should be kept in the boot (or trunk for you foreigners!! :))
    It'll be cooler in there but you might also find that if the camera is in view and it's stolen the insurance won't pay out.
    Maybe I'm stating the obviousd about using the boot but it may not have occurred to some people. Especially those who would put ice in the cool box with the camera! :lol:
     
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    i agree, the icebox is a good idea
    , but make sure there is no condensation! ... and don't place actual ice in there ;)

    an insulating bag is also a good idea (the once you sometimes get when you buy frozen food) ... also m the aqdantage is, that an isnulating bag or an ice box in the car is much less likely to encourage people to break into your car and steal it ;)
     
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    Trees have trunks, cars have boots!!!

    (even though they do not walk ;) )
     

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