/ D3000 in the cold
I'd also like advice about filters, I know a lot of people use a filter so they don't need a lens cap, is that a reasonable option?
As a third thing (I don't know anything about cameras and cold obviously) I've taken it out in Scotland winter a few times and when I get it home, even when dry, the thing is all condensed up. Any suggestions on how to avoid that?
Can't help you there but it wouldn't hurt to have some of those little silicone bags or whatever they are dotted around your camera bag if your kit's exposed to that much moisture. I often get fogging when I go from cold outdoors to warm indoors environments but it passes soon enough. If it's a regular thing though do keep an eye out for fungus on the internal optics - it can creep in without you knowing it and unless its worth you paying a good few hundred quid to get your lens back it's a one-way ticket.
Thanks for the advice.
At what temperature does it count as "properly low"? I suppose a spare battery is a good idea anyway, I'll look into that.
For the filter, I'm deffo not a weight weenie (If I was I'd have to lose a few kilos myself!) but from conversations I've had I got the impression that
1. Lens cap is a faff and can get lost
2. You might need a UV filter anyway for the snow so why have both
3. No lens cap means faster prep time for taking the photo
I think the condensation is just from the temp difference, I'm glad I'm not the only one who gets it. The silicon sachets is a good suggestion! How do you check for fungus and what do you do if you see it starting to develop?
Again cheers for the help.
> Thanks for the advice.
> At what temperature does it count as "properly low"? I suppose a spare battery is a good idea anyway, I'll look into that.
(Presumably yours will have less weather sealing than the Nikon equivalent in key areas for the stuff your talking about and a less-robust body [more plastic, less metal]- the dropping it down stairs thing I'm imagining isn't top of your priority list anyway). I think the message is that a modern camera can take quite a pounding. My little old 450d before I upgraded it certainly did. If you fancy replicating the test with a D3000, please make sure you post the link here for us to watch!
> 1. Lens cap is a faff and can get lost
What UV filters are best for protecting against are splashes of things and making it easier to clean the front glass though that is not needed that often. If you do get one buy a good quality one, preferably a B+W multi coated one as they are probably the best but and at smaller sizes don't cost a fortune. They can't replace a lens cap completely though
Also re advice on only getting filters of £50 or so. I use filters of a decent (but not extortionate - like B+W IMO) like Hoya, Kood, Jessops etc. I've looked at various tests online of filter and taken my own test shots with and without a selection of my own filters and tbh I can't see any degredation of image quality with sensibly priced filters. The online tests do show that some filters are better than others at reducing UV (and these are NOT necessarily the expensive ones!) but since that's not even the point in question it's pretty much irrelevant anyway.
Hope some of this helps.
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