Winterizing DSLR

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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby Bill Cummings » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:28 pm

I use--and recommend--this as my second-string camera, and the one I usually carry when I'm climbing:
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/734743-REG/Canon_4342B001_PowerShot_G12_Digital_Camera.html
It is Canon's highest-capability (& priced) P&S and has a number of good features:
- it's small and lightweight
- shoots RAW (an absolute must for me)
- accepts filters, with an adapter (another absolute must for shooting in the mountains--polarizer and ND grad)
- good control and customization options
- good telephoto capability (though a little shy on the wide-angle end)
- don't have to worry about abusing your precious DSLR
- non-removable lens (which is an advantage in extreme conditions--you don't want to be changing lenses if very cold, windy, dusty, moist, etc.).
It's good enough for most conditions (up to about 11X14" enlargements) that it can replace a DSLR.

I also like davey_rocket's suggestions on the camera "prophylactic" and the spare battery in a pocket. Hand warmers are a good idea, too.
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby Bean » Tue Nov 22, 2011 8:32 pm

I do nothing, just take it along. I'm faster taking out my SLR than a P&S, and the quality is worth it. Really, why would I be dragging along my SLR when there's no snow anyway? Walking, hahawoo.
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby mattpayne11 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 6:38 am

Dancesatmoonrise wrote:
BlueKhan wrote:I noticed yesterday that Dick's had handwarmer's on sale. I was thinking of buying some to throw in my camera case to keep things warm...any thoughts?


Probably not a bad idea.

FWIW, here's my system. May not work for everyone. In winter, I can usually get away with one set of light gloves. (REI all-season gloves in XL so they allow plenty of circulation.) I can usually work the camera with no problem with these gloves. Then I have a set of mitts, in XL. If it's quite cold, I'll wear the mitts over the light gloves, with the leashes on. The little P&S is in the hip belt pocket of the Osprey pack. When it's time to shoot, I pull the mitts, let them hang by the leashes, the gloves are still on so no exposed skin, and with the light gloves I'm able to get the camera out quickly, get the shots, and get it back into the hip pocket. Then the mitts go back on.

I also use a P&S with full manual. A little trickier to work with the gloves, but still manageable with the two-layer system.


PS - this system also works for rock and mixed handholds in winter - then belaying with the full mitts. All the while, the camera is out of the way until it's needed.


Nice suggestions Jim.
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby areed20 » Wed Nov 23, 2011 10:13 am

Thanks everyone for the advice. I was considering just leaving the SLR and taking a point and shoot but I would like to try out a system to see if I enjoy it. I will try out a couple of different systems and see what I like. Thanks again for the advice.
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby MonGoose » Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:58 pm

Steve Gio wrote:Nice shot! Is that A-Basin?


Yes. Tree Chutes of the East Wall.
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby MonGoose » Wed Nov 23, 2011 2:01 pm

I can also recommend the Canon G12. The photo quality is almost as high as a DSLR and it is much easier to transport. I take my Canon Rebel on the easier 14ers and the Canon G12 on the more difficult ones.

The following photos and video were all shot on the Canon G12 this summer:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s-J2RjSddas
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Re: Winterizing DSLR

Postby kimo » Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:41 pm

areed20 wrote:What is the best method for taking care of your DSLR in winter conditions, specifically in blowing snow and wind? Also, how much does the cold temperatures affect DSLRs? I got one for my photography class earlier this semester and when I am home for Thanksgiving, I would like to take it up with me. For a camera newbie, what is the best method for taking care of your DSLR during a winter climb?

areed20 wrote:Thanks everyone for the advice. I was considering just leaving the SLR and taking a point and shoot but I would like to try out a system to see if I enjoy it. I will try out a couple of different systems and see what I like. Thanks again for the advice.

You're probably already back here in CO with or without your SLR so timely this is not. And this isn't meant to be advice since experiences may differ. I just wanted to say that I've taken ~100K photos with a D40, D90, and D7000 in all kinds of conditions. A thousand of the pics were taken in blowing snow and frigid cold. I carry and use my SLR the same no matter the time of year. It's in a holster kept on my hip belt. I carry a small synthetic chamois in a pocket to wipe down the lens and body when it gets wet. I keep a lens cleaning cloth in another pocket to use on the glass. An extra battery or two are stored in another pocket. I've dropped all three cameras in snow, wiped them down, and kept on shooting. Haven't had a problem.

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