I am a photographer for several local volunteer fire departments.I wanted to know How far inside a burning building I can go before damage to my camera or lenses will occur.I have plenty of outside shots and now want to get to the seat of the fire so to speak. Can anyone help?
Thanks for your time and comments.
#1. "RE: How Far Can I Go?" | In response to Reply # 0frankie Basic MemberThu 14-Sep-00 01:54 PM
You don't mention what model you have. I would think that you'd need some sort of special covering to do what you want to do. I believe such a thing exists for Video cameras but not film cameras. Otherwise, you may be stuck ...
#2. "RE: How Far Can I Go?" | In response to Reply # 0vfnewman Basic MemberThu 14-Sep-00 02:29 PM
Are you going in wearing full gear and SCBA? Even so equipped, I'm inclined to think your limits are less than what the camera can tolerate in terms of temperature. If you're in breathing gear, the smoke and fumes could be a problem for the camera. I'm sure the camera manual gives a range of approved operating temperatures, but as far as cumulative damage, it's probably hard to tell. You might try contacting a fire department in a large city, and see if they have experience with this sort of photography. I'd be sure to use a UV filter on the lens, as smoke deposits could have aggressive chemicals in them that could attack the multicoating.
I see in your profile you have an N70. I'd think an all-manual camera like an FM2, F, or F2 would be better suited for this kind of work as opposed to any of the all-electronic models. The stories of what F's and F2's have gone through (and survived) are amazing sometimes.
#3. "RE: How Far Can I Go?" | In response to Reply # 2frankie Basic MemberThu 14-Sep-00 11:04 PM
If he's got an F70, I'd seriously doubt the suitability of that for what he wants. If he had an FM2 or an F3, it might be better. One problem I see that may happen is that the carbon-fibre shutter blades may just "evaporate" (like leaving the older Graphite tennis rackets on a black-top court - BOOM!)
And I'm sure that the body of the F70 will begin to flex beyond the limits of the medium.
I still don't see the F70 lasting very long - one or two exposures to those sorts of temperatures could cause some serious mis-aligmnent and other damage.
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