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Old Aug 10, 2005, 4:17 PM   #1
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I will be going on a cruise to the Carribean and will be going to to the beach. With the weather hot at this time of the year. How well does the digital rebel xt stand up in the heat. Any precautions I should take? I had been at B&H and they mentioned some condensation packets to put in the camera bag... does anyone know anything about this?



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Old Aug 10, 2005, 9:56 PM   #2
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You can put some desicant packets in your bag, but you should be OK. I spent a week this past April on St. Thomas with no problems. It's not that much hotter there at this point- I've been there a few times now at different times of the year, it's always warm. Just keep your camera zipped up in the bag when you take it inside so it won't get really cold and fog up the first time you take it out when you go back outside.

Here's a few images I took with a Digital Rebel and 18-55 kit lens. I left all my heavy zooms at home and I didn't miss them, especially when we went over to St. John and did some hiking.

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Old Aug 10, 2005, 11:58 PM   #3
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Agree, about the only thing I would add is be very careful if you try to change lenses at the beach. Any particle of sand or grit blown into the camera could mean disaster.

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Old Aug 11, 2005, 12:04 AM   #4
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Good point Peter. Also, if you change a lens at the beach or in a dusty climate it's a good idea to do it inside a clean plastic bag. I also make sure my camera is powered off before changing my lens, and I have the camera mount pointed downwards.
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