Tips to Help You Protect and Operate Your Gear in Hellish Weather Conditions

You spend so much money on your cameras and lenses, so it's important to protect them against damage from the elements.

B&H offers these tips on not only how to safeguard your cameras, lenses, and tripods from harsh weather and travel, but how to use them in extreme conditions:

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow or rain (soggy Oregon native here), you know all too well that weather is a huge factor when it comes time to plan and schedule your shoots. Cold temperatures can make your camera's performance suffer, causing it to run slower. B&H suggests keeping extra batteries on hand to swap out when the one you're using gets too cold. Also, making sure you have protective covers for snowfall or rainfall is important to keep your gear safe from water damage, as well as everyday wear and tear.

Now, these things might be pretty obvious for most filmmakers (who's going to take their camera out during a deluge and wonder why it's acting funny later?), however those who don't travel very often between extreme hot and cold temperatures may not know much about how condensation can gather on your gear. Knowing how to keep that moisture out using Ziploc bags, as well as how to deal with any moisture that does get into my travel bag has already saved me a huge headache for when I take my camera to the most frigid parts of the Russian rural locality of Oymyakon. (Minus -90°F? Yeah friggin' right, guys.)

How to you protect your gear from harsh weather? Let us know down in the comments!     

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I've taken my gear to the top of mountains working on a film about the Seven Summits in some of the most brutal conditions. The worst is the extreme cold/ windchill. I always make sure to keep my camera in the same temp as the air so it doesn't condense and then freeze. The batteries I keep next to my body in a waterproof bag and sleep with them at night. The workhorse has been the 5d Mark iii, but I have used the FS700 on the summit of Kilimanjaro and a Blackmagic Pocket Camera on Aconcagua (it failed to power up when the temps hit -30 but the 5d still worked like a charm). Keep the cam dry and the batteries warm seems to be my motto.

April 4, 2015 at 5:33PM

John Burkett
Filmaker/ Photographer and Life Junky

Yea keeping them batteries warm is key!

April 25, 2015 at 3:57PM

JJ Sereday

Filming in Antarctica: start to get camera gear specific at about the 5 min mark...

April 4, 2015 at 10:57PM, Edited April 4, 10:57PM

Anthony Powell
Film Maker

As the technological culture continues to advance, problems like this, would be a waste of the glycogen in our brain.

April 5, 2015 at 7:36PM

Minh Hang

If it's below about 45°F, tape a hand warmer to the camera makes it last longer.

April 10, 2015 at 3:56PM

Daniel Mimura
DP, cam op, steadicam op