I'm going to shoot at an ice sculpture exhibit on Thursday morning. The temp will be around 8 degrees. I'm taking the camera and my 35-85 lens with macro. I'm not sure about the SB800. Any of you shoot in such cold weather? How will the batteries hold up? Any suggestions?
I haven't shot in really cold weather since my film days;we never see 8 degrees here in sunny CA. But I would keep my spare batteries in an inside coat pocket close to your body to keep them warm. Are the sculptures inside or out? Will they be lighted? Are they large? I think I would try to shoot without flash, so you capture the natural reflections off the ice, especially if they are lighted already. Light coming from under or behind the ice will make it glow.
That's Nikon covering their behind. I've shot with my F6 and D300 for 3 hours or so at 0 deg F with no problems. You don't get as many shots per battery, so take a spare carried in an inside pocket. (Note the battery will recover when warmed up, so switching more that once is possible.)
The biggest problem is condensation when you bring the camera inside. Put in a zip lock bag or leave it in your closed camera pack for a few hours before getting it out.
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Do I put it in the zip lock bag inside where it's cold? It's supposed to be around 51 degrees outside and maybe warmer in the city. My bag isn't very air tight, so I don't know about using it, or does that matter? I sure don't want to do anything that will cause damage.
Thanks for your suggestion. I had a film camera crater from condensation once.
No, I didn't have any problems except for the air from my nose fogging the right side of the LCD. lol I had my two batteries plus one in my pocket (but I didn't need it). Actually, I haven't tried to use my camera again. I will tomorrow. I didn't have a zip lock bag big enough for my camera and my lens (I didn't want to take my lens off in the cold. I thought it might cause more condensation), so I took a garbage bag and used that. I wrapped it up and over and put it back in my bag. I really didn't stay in there more than 45 minutes. I'm so paranoid. There wasn't as much room to shoot as I thought there might be, and there were small school children running everywhere. I didn't post all the shots, but they all turned out nicely. Most of them were a little too noisy for my taste, so I ran them through Neat Image. I didn't use a flash and took a monopod, but didn't use it after the first two pictures. I was on manual and didn't have to go below 60 shutter, but I did have to shoot f3.5 sometimes. I was using auto ISO and it was mostly 6400. I had a good time. These were processed in camera raw only, then run through neat image. I didn't bother with PS. Thanks for all the advice. I appreciated it.