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#1 Ernie Zahn

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 10:07 AM

So I was shooting with my Canon 514 XL the other day and it must have been 30 degrees F outside. I suppose I never really shot in the cold before, because I had found that my Camera began to run at 18fps for a few seconds and quickly slowed to a dead a stop. I was reading a post about faulty carts produced recently by Kodak, but these 64T rolls I'm using are left over from a large order I placed back in June and all the previous rolls shot perfectly fine. So I'm betting it's the cold getting to the camera. I tried holding up against a warm water bottle (those thermal bottles you use when your sick, not a Poland Spring bottle) in addition to wrapping it in a blanket. Together both items failed to keep it running. And yes I did bring it inside to warm up before I put on the bottle and blanket. It ran fine inside and I found that moments after bringing it outside it froze again and my remedy was as effective as throwing cotton balls at a stone wall to knock it down. I know there are shooters from Canada and Germanic courties here, you get colder winters than I do in CT, USA. What is your method of keeping your cam warm?
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#2 Mark Dunn

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 12:27 PM

This is most likely a battery problem. Try some new or freshly recharged ones. For extended use you can make up a battery pack on a long lead and keep it in your pocket, although off a tripod your hand should keep the batteries warm enough- they're in the handgrip, aren't they? 30F is barely freezing and I've shot in snow loads of times. It's nothing like cold enough to affect the stock or the lubricant, I wouldn't have thought.
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#3 Alessandro Machi

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 03:38 PM

As the cameras age the available current probably is reduced.

The camera still works but there is less and less efficiency. So using fresh batteries
is a good idea however the increased load on the camera could mean that the lubrication is
no longer doing a good job enough in cold weather.
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#4 chuck colburn

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 04:40 PM

As the cameras age the available current probably is reduced.

The camera still works but there is less and less efficiency. So using fresh batteries
is a good idea however the increased load on the camera could mean that the lubrication is
no longer doing a good job enough in cold weather.


Yes Alessandro that could be quite true. Oil based lubricants do dry up as time goes by and can become stiff at lower temps.

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#5 Giles Perkins

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Posted 26 November 2007 - 04:52 PM

I shot in Iceland in Winter a few years ago and found the best policy was to keep the batteries close to my body (i.e. warm - not that I'm sweaty or anything) and then keep swapping warm batteries in an out of the camera as sometimes they dont like the cold either.

See http://chemistry.abo...coldbattery.htm

Good luck!
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