Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1999/11/30

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Subject: RE: [Leica] Cold camera cold film
From: Jim Laurel <>
Date: Tue, 30 Nov 1999 13:47:00 -0800

Providing your camera will tolerate it, I would think the optimal thing
would be to keep it at the ambient temperature.  My standard ski camera is a
Leica CL, and I generally carry it in a waistpack.  Last winter at Vail, we
had some extremely cold days, with ambient temperatures of around 12-15
degrees F, and this didn't seem to bother the CL one bit.

In short, I don't think cold weather is an issue for the mechanical Leicas.
My M6s and R6 have also seen some mountaineering duty, and I've never had a
cold-related problem.  Electronic cameras, as you know, are a whole
different story.  You might be tempted to accept the condensation problems
to keep the camera working.

Several mountain guides I know use Contax T2s, and they wear them around
thier necks just inside thier parka shells, but outside thier insulating
layers.  Seems to work just fine.

- --Jim

- -----Original Message-----
From: Mark Rabiner []
Sent: Tuesday, November 30, 1999 12:53 PM
Subject: Re: [Leica] Cold camera cold film

Alan Hull wrote:
> Hey
> It is getting cold in Sweden and I have read conflicting advice about
> carrying a camera in cold weather.  One school recommends that I should
> carry the camera under my parka next to my chest to keep it warm and
> the oils fluid.  The other school recommends that I carry the camera
> exposed to the cold to allow the air inside and outside the camera to
> stabilize to avoid condensation on the lens and film.
> They both seem good advice.
> Up to now I have followed the close to the chest rule but I have just
> received some prints back of the first snowfall.  And they are all
> milky and hazy.  I used an old thread 50mm Summitar and it is the first
> time I have used this lens for colour.  Before I blame the lab or lens
> I would like to find out whether it is flare from the snow or
> condensation fog from my warm(ish) camera.
> Alan

I have this red cinematography book by Aaton which goes to great length on
issues which plage those guys more than us.
Cameras need to be brought to temperature with great care. Slow.
Here in Portland Oregon we have two seasons:
Grey and a little cold and pretty rainy.
Less grey and rainy and not too hot.
The snow you see on the mountain in the distance if you can see that far
the grey
   or the volcano (when it's cool).
So it's less of an issue.
When I go someplace where there is weather I'll reread it.
Mark Rabiner
ho ho ho