What temps can damage my camera

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  1. 2jPhoto

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    Brand New to photography. I just got a Canon M50 and I've been practicing. I have literally only taking my first couple hundred pictures many of which are duplicates. I was trying to get pictures of the stars while I waited for the sunrise over the mountain so I can get pictures of that too. It was 32 degrees and colder the whole time and I was taking long exposure shots my camera was outside for about an hour. it didn't really occur to me that exposing the camera to these temperatures can be bad. I guess my question is at what point should I warm it back up? I'm a huge noob go easy on me. I've never owned a camera that wasn't part of my phone. Also, bonus question! I did back to back long exposure shots where my shutter was open for like 2 or 3 minutes and I took maybe a dozen shots like that. It was between 30 and 33 degrees outside, no wind


     
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    I really don't think that you need to be concerned, the electronics in the camera are typically rated for far greater temperature extremes. The one issue that you may have with cold is reduced battery life but I think it would have to be colder for that to be a real problem.

    What you should keep in mind is condensation when bringing you cool camera into a warm environment.

    After spending all night in my air-conditioned room, my camera fogged up as soon as I went outside on my first day in Cambodia. It happened one other time when I went to a indoor butterfly conservatory, too.
     
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    Plenty of Silca gel and let the camera warm up slowly. When shooting in the cold put extra batts in an inside pocket to keep warm. You will get longer life out of batts if kept warm and swap them over when it starts to drop in power.
     
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    I had to develop an elaborate warm-up strategy for the rest of my time there. Overnight, I would store my entire kit inside a cabinet in the bathroom and kept the door closed in the hopes of keeping it from reaching the temperature of my a/c'ed room. Then, in the morning, I moved the bag to the balcony of my room while I was getting ready for the day and eating breakfast. This allowed it to warm up slowly enough to prevent any more trouble.
     
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    Sounds like you have it sorted, I take my kit from the 2nd bedroom which is cold to outside the I take it back to the room and pack my kit with silca gel.
     
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    I like the silica gel idea and may look into that just for some extra insurance.
     
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    If you put it into a box and it is in space, then warmed up slowly, itll be fine.
    Leave it in a Black Mercedes in Qatar in Aug., and its done.

    rule of thumb, slow warm up no heat.
     
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    Ty for the replies. Sounds like it should be fine. I will look into getting some desiccant packs to keep in my pack as well. And I like the battery tips too.
     
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    You are welcome, like most tips and tricks. Most are learnt from other photographers like here or the hard way.
     
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    Also dont put it into a pot a boiling water. :icon_thumright:
     
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