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04/14/2008 10:39:01 PM · #1
I was thinking about the summer heat approaching AZ in the near future and had a few questions. The specs on the XTI says 105 degrees Fahrenheit is the hottest you should operate it at. In Arizona 105 is considered a cool day during the peak of the summer. I figure if I keep it in its case and out of the sun as much as possible it will help. But I keep having visions of simply not being able to shoot outside for like four months. What do you other desert rats do in the heat out here? Does the lack of humidity help? Am I doomed to shoot inside for the summer? Any advice at all? Thanks!
04/14/2008 10:52:28 PM · #2
ANdy, did you read my rant as to why I was not at Nascar.

As to the other heat problem.

Its no worrys. Just do not leave it in your car as it will get to 130 degrees at the coolest. Even when driving I keep it out of the sun and on the floor, just dont put your AC on the floor too cos as soon as you step out of the car you fog up the camera.

I take it you have never been here for a summer! PHX gets about 5 degrees hotter than Tucson, so a lot of people escape to the lakes adn the mountains in the summer, stay in AC places and only venture out after dark.

You;ll do fine (lol)

04/14/2008 11:00:23 PM · #3
I just read your rant, that sucks. I hope your next shooting experience goes better. Thanks for the tip.

Edit to correct 3rd grade spelling.

Message edited by author 2008-04-14 23:07:49.
04/14/2008 11:04:34 PM · #4
ummm... just don't leave your camera in the car!!! :0P
04/15/2008 12:17:10 AM · #5
I had a Sony F-717 camera that was rated to 104 degrees and suffered seriously from overheating issues when temperatures got up around 110.

The F-717 did things like turn itself back ON again immediately after I turned it off. That, of course, just made things worse by making it hotter still. The other thing that would happen is picture color turned red and washed out which ruined every frame. :( I had that happen more than once.

Some things you might consider:
1-The best advice is to avoid heat and take pictures in the early morning. That is the coolest part of the day, usually has the least wind AND it has the best light. No better advice than that!

2-Another thing you can do is put your camera in an ice chest between session when driving from place to place. Just don't let it get wet. That helps greatly. On the hotter summer days I would have to keep the camera cool in an ice chest between stops.

3-Do your photography in shifts to avoid overheating your camera. The longer a camera is turned on, the hotter it gets. Turn it off periodically to keep it from overheating. Also, avoid leaving the camera in direct sunlight even OUTSIDE your vehicle while around your neck.

4-Remove the battery from the camera between shooting sessions when driving around to prevent it from unexpectedly turning itself back on again and burning up. This is only a problem if yours behaves like mine.
04/19/2008 07:08:01 PM · #6
I do alot of landscape and nature photography. I live out in Cave Creek and hiked alot with my camera last summer without a problem. I just wouldn't leave it sitting in the heat. You will be fine and its nothing to worry about.
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