Enjoying the outdoors goes hand in hand with many people’s passion for photography. With the popularity of prosumer DSLRs, it is important to share some helpful advice in caring for your expensive moment-capturing gadgets. As winter gets into full swing non-weatherproof cameras run a higher risk of moisture damage.
If you weren’t aware, water is Not good for electronics. That includes camera bodies and lenses. If you value your equipment, keeping it safe and protecting it from the elements should be a top priority.
1. Keep Everything Dry!
Remember: Cold to Warm = Condensation
Condensation accumulates when a cold object enters a warm environment. What does that have to do with your camera? Everything silly, didn’t you read the first line? Rule one, keep your camera dry.. the rest don’t even matter. Ok, maybe “don’t drop it” is an important rule too. Seriously though, condensation can fog up the inside of your lens, or even worse, possibly ruin the electronics inside the lens or body of your camera. To mitigate the occurrence of condensation, it is best to provide a slow transition from a cold temperature to a warm temp. If you spend even 15 minutes outside snapping snowflakes, don’t step inside and directly expose your camera to the heat change. Give it a half-step to slow down the temperature change, this will also keep the outer lens from fogging up. Use some form of enclosure such as your camera bag to provide shelter while the temperature equalizes gradually. Often people will wrap their camera bag in a plastic grocery bag so if condensation does occur, it does so on the inside if the plastic bag and not their lens. I’m not sure of the effectiveness of this method, so take that as you will. I would probably wrap it in a towel as well. My preferred method is to leave my camera in its bag for a little while longer when I come indoors. Sometimes this can take up to 30 minutes, but its worth it. You will eliminate having a foggy lens, and avoid ruining some of your expensive equipment.
2. Use Silica Gel Packs
3. Keep Batteries Warm