Go Back   Steve's Digicams Forums > Digital Cameras (Point and Shoot) > Nikon

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old Jan 16, 2003, 10:14 PM   #1
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 14
Default Nikon 5700 and winter photography

I will be going on a winter camping trip with the Scouts in a week. I want to bring my Nikon 5700. The outdoor temperature could be between -5oC to -25oC. I know the battery life will drop at these temperatures. I also know when going back inside a heated area there will be condensation that will form on the camera. I remember reading that if the camera is placed in a ziplock bag before entering the heated area the condensation will form inside the bag and not the camera. Does anyone know if this works? Should the ziplock bag be kept outside or inside before putting the camera in? Has anyone had experience with the Nikon 5700 and cold temparatures for 2-3 hours at a time. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Regards,
Marc
mysecretworld is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old Jan 16, 2003, 11:37 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
koruvs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Posts: 439
Default

Quote:
The outdoor temperature could be between -5oC to -25oC.

Taking the Scouts to Mars or ? :lol:
koruvs is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2003, 8:53 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
digcamfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 3,422
Default

mysecretworld...

Very good of you to take the Scouts out in winter!

Years ago, I used to teach igloo and snowcave
construction in the West. Great fun...esp eating
4,000 calories in one day.

Here is something I suggest (nothing to do with
the 5700...yet! ) . Bring lots of butter. Put it
in your tea (take a lesson from the Tibetans), in
oatmeal, on sandwiches, soup, etc. You will
sleep much warmer if you do.

That said...

I would recommend you pick up a Digipower dps 9000
battery or maybe two. They are less sensitive to cold
and they will last for hours, not just an hour or so
like the stock battery that comes with the camera.

Key with your 5700 is keep it cold (not cold and hot
repeated)...keep it dry. Keep batteries in your shirt
pocket or in pouch around your neck. Then put them
in when you are ready to take shots.

Good luck!

Please post a few post trip pics!
digcamfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 17, 2003, 10:07 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 123
Default

Hi Marc,
When outside in that temperature range the air is usually very dry.
Therefore, if the camera is placed in a ziplock bag and sealed while outside(the bag should also be cold) then when you come inside with the camera in the bag any condensation will form on the outside of the bag. Another alternative would be to keep camera inside your jacket in a plastic bag and remove to take pictures and then return to bag and jacket. If you do not use the plastic the higher humidity inside your jacket may condense on colder exterior parts of camera. By doing this the camera never gets cold enough to be a problem when going indoors.
Do not open the bag until the temperature inside the bag warms to the a temperature near the room temperature. This may take a few hours if the camera was allowed to get cold. Actually it can be colder than the room as long as the temperature of the camera is above the dew point. The dew point is a function of temperature and humidity and is difficullt to know without measurement with a hydrometer.
twcoffey is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Jan 22, 2003, 3:58 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 173
Default comment

I noticed an ad for silica gel for cameras on ebay. Check it out !
that should help keep the camera dry.





Jim
Jim Ghiringhelli is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 1, 2003, 9:00 AM   #6
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 42
Default

Silica gel is also found at craft stores (used for drying fresh flowers), and is probably cheaper there than online or at some other pro source. Put some in an old (but clean!) nylon stocking and poof! Silica gel packet.
crowmama is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Feb 4, 2003, 8:40 PM   #7
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Posts: 14
Default

Thank you for all your great ideas. In the end, it was a cold snowy weekend. I got worried I would damage my Nikon 5700 with snow or crush it while being active with winter sports we were doing. I used my Canon S100 instead as I could keep it tucked away inside my coat.

Regards,
Marc
mysecretworld is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 4:01 AM.