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When It Gets Hot And Hotter

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One day, I need to called my editor in panic tone to tell him that my camera suddenly went blank. Dead – just like that. Well, i was actually panicked. But the tone just to gave him the idea that i can be excused if something happened with the pictures i took. Like if it gets corrupted or something.

He didn’t like the tone and ordered me to dry my camera into the sun. He said, it works with him. Of course, i ignored him. Sounds stupid.

Instead, i went to a masjid (it was time for prayer in a hot day of ramadan). After praying and include the pray hoping for my only camera dont actually dead, i sit and watched others praying. It was hot outside, but the tiles were very cold. I opened my bag and feel the warmth inside it, and then took out the camera. I can feel the camera set was also warm. So i unpacked the battery and placed both the camera body and the battery on the floor. Secured them with my hands wrapped around them (hoping no bad guys in mosque try to steal them), i fell asleep for about 15 minutes.

Waken up by a phone call from the office, i packed my gears and put everything back into the bag. As i put in the battery inside the camera, i noticed the screen was on again. So i try to clicked it. HA!! IT’S ALIVEEEE… am so happy, i thought it was a miracle.

Go ahead, laugh.. but i did. Though there’s a voice inside of my head saying, it can be explained scientifically.

BECAUSE.. heat absorption is a big concern for professional cameras and lenses, and especially digital SLRs. Cameras are designed to operate within a specific range of temperature and humidity conditions. Since most camera bodies are black, internal temperatures can exceed this limit even when the ambient temperature is below it.

More on this and the right tips, can be found in the article from photoshelter blog.

Hot Weather Photo Equipment Handling Tips
Compiled by Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor/Canon U.S.A., Inc.

1.) Avoid Condensation:
… One of the best methods to avoid condensation is to allow photo equipment to warm up gradually before exposing it to a hot environment. If this is not practical, consider placing the equipment in an airtight, resealable plastic bag with silica gel packets inside before exposing it to heat. (Don’t forget to squeeze as much air as possible out of the bag before you seal it, otherwise this technique may not work.)
On a related matter, in hot and humid conditions, perspiration may cause condensation to form on your camera’s viewfinder eyepiece. Some camera manufacturers including Canon offer anti-fog eyepieces to prevent condensation from forming.

2.) What To Do When Condensation Has Occurred:
Use a soft, dry clean cloth to remove moisture from exterior surfaces. If possible, place the equipment in a dry, well-ventilated area to prevent further condensation from occurring.

3.) Cover Equipment When Not In Use:
If you must leave your camera equipment exposed to high heat and/or humidity conditions for long periods of time, consider covering it with a dry white towel when it’s not in use.

4.) Avoid or Limit the Use of Camera Settings that Generate Heat:

Heat build-up caused by ambient temperatures is one problem, but the other side of the coin is heat build-up caused by the camera itself. This has become more of an issue recently with professional digital SLRs due to the incorporation of new features such as Live View and HD video recording. These features generate heat from several camera components including battery packs, image sensors and LCD screens.

5.) Storing Equipment in Hot Weather:
In high temperature environments with ambient humidity over 80%, use silica gel packets in your gadget bag or equipment case to absorb excessive moisture and protect your camera gear. For long-term storage, consider storing camera equipment in Tupperware.

6.) Store Battery Packs Separately and Keep Equipment Clean:
To prevent corrosion of your camera’s electrical contacts, remove battery packs prior to long-term storage. Also, as a matter of good housekeeping, clean cameras and lenses regularly and thoroughly. This is especially important in hot and humid weather, or after your camera equipment has been exposed to rain or condensation, to prevent mildew and fungus from forming.

© August, 2010 by Chuck Westfall

Maybe, the reason why my editor thinks it will work if i dried it, because he thought the camera was in humid condition. He might not checked the weather outside when that happened, cos it was only heat and the sun, and no humidity nor the rain that can caused it went blank. Anyways.. nothing bad really happened that day. None of my images got corrupted. Maybe i just need a new camera.

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Written by nickmatulhuda

August 14, 2010 at 12:26 am

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