Best gear for winter photography

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  1. Glostars

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    Hi everybody,

    What is the best gear I can use to get good winterish photographs?

    I live in Finland and I always wanted to get good images during winter where everything gets snowy white and the cities are colorful. However sometimes my smatphone doesn't get the captures right. So now I'm considering to buy a budget DSLR or Mirrorless camera.

    Do you have any suggestions?


     
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    A good heavy coat, some warm boots, oh wait you meant camera gear.

    Sorry, bad joke from Finland you didn't need that.

    Any of the major brands have good entry level DSLR's for the budget minded. Nikon or Cannon either one will be a good choice.
     
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    Second and third batteries (the cold will make them last shorter than normal). Keep the batteries close to your body heat using inside pockets of jackets or even shirt pockets if you have them. Not outside pockets or pants pockets. If you’re doing long exposures, a good tripod; one that has spikes of you plan to shoot in snow or ice. Hand warmers.

    If you go the mirrorless route, I’d suggest looking at some of the smaller/pocketable cameras from Olympus or Panasonic. The Olympus EM10 or EM5, whichever is the latest mark, are good options, small, good IQ, and have the ability to change lenses.
     
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    If possible try before you buy wearing gloves.
     
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    Maybe Santa will bring one. He lives up there don't he?:D
     
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    Heheh... indeed I need to actually consider that I might be taking long session in cold weather so it's going to be cold. Thanks for your comment! I am considering getting a middle range (budget wise) DSLR to begin with.
    All the best!
     
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    I agree on the cold thing. Weather can be seriously harsh during winter here. I will probably take long sessions in the forest I definitely need to take in mind that factor. Temperature can drop to -25 in some places during the day.
    I am inclining more towards DSLR for budget reasons, but one colleague of mine uses a mirrorless and he claims the camera is giving him excellent results. So who knows, maybe later I will make the change.

    Thanks a lot for your insight! All the best!
     
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    Ohh yes! Glöögi here is a very big thing during winter time. If I could only share it with some expensive electronic equipment... :dejection:
     
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    I have tried sometimes taking photos with my cellphone camera during -20 C temperature and it's almost impossible to do it without gloves. So I will definitely need a camera that is confortable enough to do the clicks with thick gloves.

    Thanks for that observation! All the best!
     
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    He has a village named after him in the north near the arctic cirle :D
     
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    Remember that when you bring a cold camera into a warm building, moisture will condense on it. At this time, do not remove the lens until everything warms to room temperature.
     
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