I just finished operating 2 days on a frozen lake . Winds of 30/35 miles . Temperature below -20 celcius . Some of the coldest days we have had here in Quebec this winter.
This was by far the coldest day operating ever for me and I have been working in the film business for 24 years . Great opportunity to see what fails and what doesn't : here is my list :
progpi sled/arm : not a glitch
preston Hu3/mdr2/dm2 : couple of hicups from motors , warm them up 5 minutes with radiant heater and they go back to work .
arri alexa Xt with codex cards : not a glitch
paralinx arrowX with array antenna : not a glitch
smallHD HBDP7 PRO: both menu buttons (top corner) stopped clicking after 10 minutes outside.
That was a problem . Could not access menu . Tried flipping the image going low mode and finally flipped it in camera . Hot keys (rubber buttons on the sides) still worked .
Image was lagging a bit but so was the 1ac's transvideo .
anton bauer batteries : left in the cold more than 30minutes; they became useless. We had like 16 dionic hd for the camera . At one point , I had to plug in a VCLX block .
hawk vlites lenses : heated lenses cases were life saviors : essential for such days.
We also used a custom made heated donut that was velcroed around the barrel of the lenses on the sled (powered by the batteries at the bottom of the sled , that's the cable you see on the picture hanging in front of the sled )
cinetape , horns stopped working , heat them up and back to life .
cables : only preston and cinecoil seem to have found the receipe for sub zero cables : every other cable could have snapped in a heartbeat if handled to furiously .
That's it for that particular job .
Now time for another hot coco .
Fly safe and heated