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#1 Garrett Brown

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 09:32 AM

A friend is about to send a documentary crew to Antarctica. Does anyone know the current best way to be sure video (hi-def) cameras can survive the cold and perform well??

How should the batteries, lenses, etc. be protected?

Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated. The Steadicam part I understand and have passed along, but my technical info is out of date!

thanks!

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#2 JobScholtze

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Posted 14 October 2008 - 10:34 AM

A friend is about to send a documentary crew to Antarctica. Does anyone know the current best way to be sure video (hi-def) cameras can survive the cold and perform well??

How should the batteries, lenses, etc. be protected?

Any tips and suggestions would be appreciated. The Steadicam part I understand and have passed along, but my technical info is out of date!

thanks!

Garrett Brown

Hi Garrett

I was there twice. Once during summer time, and once with bad wheater. For the camera we had polarbear bags. Just put it in there and it should be ok. This sound strange, but we left the camera and lenses in a "cold" room. I was on a ship, so the best place was the place where the stored the garbage. It worked just fine for 2 weeks. Bringing the equipment in to the heated rooms, is just to dangerous.

The batterys we kept warm. I bought those small pocket heaters, and kept them with the batterys. Shooting with tapes also. Use a special waterproof bag from fjallraven to put them in. Worked fine.
I hope this helps. And if he wants to know more give him my email and i would be happy to help.

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