Should I be concerned about camera equipment while shooting in freezing conditions?

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  1. zland

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    I was planning on using my new Canon 7D & 70-200mm lens to shoot some pictures while snow skiing this winter. Is there any concerns I should have using that equipment in below freezing temperatures?
     
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    Although it is about mountain climbing photography, you should find some of the tips in this article useful.

    Mountain Climbing Photography

    Have fun.
     
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    Thank you!
     
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    At -20 degC my battery life is reduced to anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes. This is due to the fluids inside it freezing and the chemistry giving up, keep your batteries in your pocket, and take them out for shooting.

    At -55 degC after half an hour my autofocus failed because the motor didn't have enough torque to spin the lens anymore, zooming was hard, LCD took reaaaaaaly long to respond to button presses.

    At -55 degC after an hour and a half or so my mirror jammed. Everything returned to normal when the camera was heated.

    I have a D200, metal body camera like the 7D.
     
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    At that temperature you're dead anyway so who cares?
     
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    My high mountain photography was back in the film days but cold isn't the only variable. Humidity is a critical variable, too. The cold won't damage you camera so give it a try in your cold weather and how you work.

    Do be aware that landing on your camera on hard-packed snow can cause far more damage to you than to your camera.
     
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    Garbz is obviously not dead... :er:
     
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    For some time now i've been thinking about testing regular alkaline v. rechargeable v. lithium batteries in cold weather. i.e. Sticking them in the freezer for some period of time and then testing measuring the drain. But I don't have a volt-meter and don't care enough to go buy one. Anybody wanna run with my idea? Or can anyone point to where this has been done already and the results are available?
     
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    Are you sure?
     
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    If anyone would be the first to know about an impending zombie apocalypse, it would be me. :meh:
     
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    At that temperature we're still expected to go to work. ;)
     
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    I would personally be more concerned with falling on my face and breaking my camera that way quicker than it freezing. :lol: Make sure your equipment is insured!
     

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