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03-30-2012, 08:34 AM   #1
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Maximum (operating?) temperature

Ordered a new K5. Read that the temperature range on it is 14f to 104f. Is that an operating temperature range, or the range it can tolerate even when turned off? Also, does it refer to the internal temperature of the camera, or simply the ambient temperature you're operating it in?

I live in Las Vegas, and there will be a 2-3 month period where the temperature will rarely go below 104f, even at night. Is the K5 basically off limits to me during these few months? Or can I work out some sort of solution where I store it in a cooler between shots - ideally never letting the internal temperature reach beyond 104f?

Any advice?

03-30-2012, 09:00 AM   #2
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Just use it, if it gets to hot the camera will let you know.
Have had it happen to me twice while filming.
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I can say that the K5 - at least in video mode - is VERY sensitive to temperature.

Here in Florida, when the temp is in the 80(f) or higher, the K5 in video standby or live mode has a hard time getting rid of the heat, and the little red thermometer can be seen on the LCD screen.

When I shoot video at less than 80(f), I never seem to have a problem with the temp.

For pictures, I don't think I have ever had any issue.

When it comes to video in the heat, I turn the camera off between takes and come out of video mode quickly.

I also keep my camera out of the sun as much as possible when it's hot out.
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With pictures I had them up to 41 degrees of Celsius when I was in the burning sun last summer for several hours.

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I might add that I am also one of those photographers that only has the camera out of it's knapsack when I am actively taking pictures - and the knapsack inside, is usually cooler than the outside - unless I have been outside for a while, and everything has temperature equalized.
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And another thing. A knapsack with foam acts like a "cooler" anyway because of all the foam/padding - which works to keep heat out as much as possible.

Again, in Florida, in the summer, I will put my knapsack outside before a shoot so that I don't get fogged lenses/camera when I start shooting.

Lots of tricks when it comes to temp.

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