Playing The Long Game: Outdoor Photography With Telezooms

Antarctic Visit

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cedricd 13 6
28 Dec 2019 2:50PM
Looking for any advice for a visit in their Summer period 0 - -30C. Using a Pentax K1 and various lenses. How to stop condensation, keeping batteries warm and usable. Any info gratefully received.

Thanks in advance
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franken Plus
21 5.8k 4 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 3:23PM
On my various visits to cold climates over the years I learned to never take the camera and lenses out of the camera bag when returning to warmer temperatures. Leave them inside the bag for several hours or so and it should reduce the condensation.

I was once told to keep batteries out of the camera bag and place them in pockets under the clothing you're wearing as the heat from your body will keep them usable and it works.
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cedricd 13 6
28 Dec 2019 3:41PM
Thanks very much for that info. It`s great to "Borrow" what others have learnt. It`s unfortunately not myself going but Daughter so it`s important to gain as much information as I can.
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DaveRyder Plus
9 7.2k 22 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 4:53PM
Google gave up this;

Cold Weather Photography
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Arvorphoto Plus
13 149 6 United Kingdom
28 Dec 2019 5:52PM
At a camera club presentation recently about an organised tour (to the Arctic in this instance), cameras were kept outside in a purpose built container when not being used rather than take them inside. Only batteries and memory cards were taken in to the warmer environs after the photography day.
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MentorRon 5 102 Canada
30 Dec 2019 5:26PM
I have lived in Winnipeg, Canada for a few years where it went to minus 50 below zero and found that putting the camera with lens "as-is" into a zippered plastic storage bag before taking it indoors worked just fine. If you need accesss to the camera while indoors, waiting a few hours for the equipment to reach room temperature before opening it works. Optionally, use a cellphone camera or another camera for warm interior work.
These bags come in quart and gallon+ sizes in both "Storage (light)" and "Freezer (heavy)" thicknesses from various manufacturers:
(in case you can't read it below, the sizes are 10 9/16" x 9 1/2" and 14 3/8" x 16")

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MentorRon 5 102 Canada
30 Dec 2019 5:45PM
Here is a photo of my Sony SLT-a58 with 18-135 zoom plus my Sigma 10-20 EX wide angle lens in a 13" x 15.6" bag.
I didn't want to waste a new zippered bag just for the photo, so I chose a previously used (cheaper) non-zippered one just for the photo. You can see there's lots of space for more items if necessary.


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