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01-03-2013, 07:37 AM   #1
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Anybody else wishes there was plastic around the magnesium?

When it's below 30F, and you are outside for about 15 minutes or more, you grab your K-5 dangling from your neck and it feels like you're holding a brick of ice because the magnesium alloy adapts to the cold. Is there a time where you wish the K-5 was like a Nikon D7000 where there is plastic exoskeleton mold over it's magnesium alloy? Sure it'll still be cold outside but at least your fingers aren't freezing twice as fast as they should be! It feels GOOD in my hands with the cold body on it because it feels solid and you KNOW it's quality made! However you won't miss the fact that your fingers are frozen. (Those who live in areas where it gets really cold knows what I'm talking about when I talk about the feel of the solidity and ruggedness of the camera body in the hands when it is cold).

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I love the K7/K5 mag alloy body, but yes - I do know exactly what you mean! Shooting in frosty conditions can be painful on the fingers. My solution was to use very thin gloves. Does anyone make rubber / silicon DSLR body armour for the K5?
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I think too much rubber will ruin the look of the camera and make it slightly bigger in size.
I live in Canada ... is getting pretty cold over here in the igloo sometimes ... I can live with it.

You might want to consider thinner gloves and that will help a little.
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QuoteOriginally posted by ihasa Quote
I love the K7/K5 mag alloy body, but yes - I do know exactly what you mean! Shooting in frosty conditions can be painful on the fingers. My solution was to use very thin gloves. Does anyone make rubber / silicon DSLR body armour for the K5?
I remember seeing a DSLR rubber armor for the k-5.. not sure if it was just a group buy custom thing though.

I just wear a thin pair of gloves that I use for my touchscreen phone.

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Doesn't bother me, Must be the Finnish blood or something. But I can see how this could be a problem for some people.

I use a hand strap so the camera is on my hand almost constantly. Keeps it warm I guess.
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I don't have a problem with the camera body but using lenses like the DA*300 gets pretty cold in my left hand! Though I can live with it with s pair of gloves without any real problem.
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Maybe you could get a large over size coat and keep the camera inside the coat when not shooting to let your body heat keep it warm. That will also help keep the batteries warm, which will make them last longer.
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Unlined leather gloves do the trick for me. Rather thick leather too, I still have no problems using any of the controls.

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The heat sucked from your hands helps keep the battery functional.
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Another canuck here reporting from the igloo. Thin gloves inside thicker mitts are the ticket for camera work in cold weather. And Pentax bodies work extremely well in the cold.

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K200D is better even at -10C than K-5. I use cameras with very thin gloves - and the fingers with K-5 were frozen too fast.
Thick gloves are not comfortable to use.
It was -16C yesterday. And -35 one week ago.

But K-5's battery works better than Eneloops in winter time

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have you used the k200d with lithium batteries in winter? better than eneloops?
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Nooo! This is the reason I switched from Canon as I didn't like the plastic shell of the 60D. Might I suggest you fellas move? I don't own a pair of gloves.
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When you go out in to the cold and you can't stand the freezing feeling of the metal parts of your camera, then cover these with a few layers of gaffer tape, but don't forget to cut some holes for the operating knobs and levers.
When the warm weather returns just strip of the gaffer tape...
Good gaffer tape shouldn't leave glue marks.
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QuoteOriginally posted by john5100 Quote
have you used the k200d with lithium batteries in winter? better than eneloops?
A bit better...-20 is the limit. Lower -20C - all batteries are almost the same...Very fast loss of capacity.
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