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dana lavoie
Shooting cold weather
on Sep 10, 2009 at 4:14:27 pm

I'm shooting in the Alaska wilderness and won't have access to electricity for 2 weeks. I would like to know what’s the duration of an HVX-200 battery model CGA-d54s shooting to P2 cards VS. to tape? to add to the equations the temp will average 32 F.

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Noah Kadner
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 10, 2009 at 6:56:33 pm

Really depends on the actual conditions of the day. I'd take more batteries- or even a belt if you need all day recording.


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Ken Zukin
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 10, 2009 at 7:03:37 pm

Short answer: You'll be better off adapting large, pro-style batteries for that camera.

Anton Bauer has expensive, but tried-and-true products that will meet your needs.

They (Anton) recently announced a solar-powered rig that, if available, would be of help to you.

I don't think it'll matter much whether you are shooting tape, or writing to P2 cards with regards to power usage; however, you are probably aware that if you shoot tape with your camera, it will be Standard Def (DV25) only.

This topic (cold weather/batteries) has been covered here before-- search!!

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Michael Sacci
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 11, 2009 at 3:43:06 am

I would recommend taking a lot of Brandy.

P2 is one less thing to worry about with the cold. Cold is not a friend to tape and moving parts.

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Dale West
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 17, 2009 at 3:41:00 pm

So a couple of things I learned on an Alaskan trip:

First the battery life is easy to figure with the owners manual.
Watt hours of the battery divided by the watt hours of drain in each mode. Dont have a user manual on had but should be listed in the specs of the camera. Then figure that the cold will take its share of the battery life. Keep them as warm as you can.

Thats a long time without electricity. If you are shooting on P2 are you going to take enough cards to not have to offload for the entire time?

A couple of things I did. Although I used a VariCam I think some of the same principals apply.

I bought a bunch of air activated hand warmers from REI. I put them inside of the polar coat for the camera. Once the camera is on for a while it generates its own heat but when off it cools quickly and I had some color issues especially if I took the camera out of the polar coat. I also used the hand warmers to keep the batteries toasty.

On other thing I did was call one of the stations and talk to the chief photographer. They live it every day and can really be a good resource.

Good luck
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dana lavoie
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 17, 2009 at 3:55:00 pm

Thanks Dale

that's a good idea to call the a local shooter.


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Rob Ing
Re: Shooting cold weather
on Sep 19, 2009 at 1:44:16 am

I was up in northern Canada last November where the temp was about -15degC. I was using two hvx200 and two Dionic 90 with the adapter for the camera. It worked pretty good except the cable got really stiff with the cold and had to keep an eye on it snapping. I mostly carried the battery inside my jacket to keep it warm. I just don't know how you will charge them. I had a camp that i was able to download my footage and recharge my equipment every night.
good luck and stay warm.


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