What should I consider when using DSLRs in cold weather?
What temperatures can consumer-level DSLRs and lenses typically handle? Are there any precautions one should take too minimize potential problems (e.g. condensating water)? What about moving in and out of the cold multiple times a day?
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How can I use Nikon D3100 at -9°C?
I am visiting China and where the temperature is @ -9 degree Celsius. How can I use my Nikon D3100 DSLR over there?? Could any one advice me! Thanks in advance.
I asked another question along these lines here: http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/2379/special-care-for-my-canon-in-the-alps
another reference: http://www.fotohacker.com/2007/12/07/taking-pictures-in-the-winter-cold/
A lot of dSLRs are rated to 0 degrees celsius or 32 faranheit, though some more pro ones are rated to lower temperatures. Most of this is about the battery life, it will suffer in the cold.
However, in general, condensation is going to be your enemy when moving from cold back into warmth, so the best way to handle that is to put the camera and lens into a plastic bag and seal it before going inside and then leaving it in there until the camera comes up to temperature.
Anyways, some good tips can be found here: Protecting your camera in winter so go outside and shoot!
Only 0 C, I find that hard to believe. I know I used my old Rebel XT in -25 without any issues, and that was far from pro.