Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2004/08/30

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Subject: [Leica] Decently Cold Weather
From: msmall at (Marc James Small)
Date: Mon Aug 30 13:11:01 2004
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At 08:22 PM 8/29/04 -0700, Ted Grant wrote:

>Because quite frankly carrying 4 Leica's under yer parka and trying shoot at
>55 below zero with a howling wind is bad enough. I can't begin to imagine
>what he and other early explorer photographers went through lugging gear
>Actually if you haven't worked in this kind of environment where when the
>temp went to "the high for today will be 40 below!" And everyone got excited
>becase it's warming up!  :-) If you can avoid it, trust me never go there.


I rather like really cold weather.  I grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,
and my Boy Scout troop (is that Boy Guides in Canada?  <he grins>) mever
cancelled a single camping trip, so we went out in the worst of weather.
Yes, I did everything wrong at at the beginning -- on my first camping
trip, I managed to fall into the creek at 30 below (the real scale, guys,
Fahrenheit:  this would be the old "sixty-two degrees of frost" or
approximately 35 degrees minus in that other scale preferred by all sorts
of odd nations and peoples all around the globe).  But, in the end, I LOVE
cold weather -- a couple of weeks or a month at an average daytime high of
twenty below (roughly 30 degrees minus in that most suspect of scales). 

The air is clear, the smell is unique, and the feel is decent.  And the
best part is that, in this weather, modern SLR's and digital cameras have a
useful life of ten or fifteen seconds, while the old mechanical marvels
such as the Leica continue to work without a problem.  

Marc  FAX:  +540/343-7315
Cha robh b?s fir gun ghr?s fir!

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