Switch to English Language Passer en langue française Omschakelen naar Nederlandse Taal Wechseln Sie zu deutschen Sprache Passa alla lingua italiana
Members: 70,907   Posts: 1,555,866   Online: 920
      
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 14
  1. #1

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Central Florida, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,925

    Keeping equipment at location

    I'm not quite sure if this is the right place to post this one, but here goes.... My question concerns having equipment while you are out in location and NOT with you.

    I live in Central Florida and summer is coming. That means day time temperature will reach 95F and possibly higher. In vehicles parked outside, it can reach 130F and higher even in shade.

    I try to minimize equipment I carry and keep them with me in shoulder bag but this isn't always possible. I have a large cooler in my trunk (a type that often used for beer, etc, at tail gates, picnic, etc) and keep my equipment there for short duration. There is no ice in it so condensation is not a problem. I have not done this in middle of the day or for very long time.

    What do you do, if you must carry lots of equipment to field and you can't carry all of them with you? By equipment, I mean cameras, lens, accessories, films, etc.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

  2. #2
    jcorll's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    Western PA
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    63
    Images
    3
    Well, living in northern Pennsylvania, i certainly don't have the warm weather problems like you do! The only time it gets 130F is when I fire up my grill!
    Anywho, When I have my equipment in my car and it is hot out, I usually just keep them in my camera bag. My bag has this pocket on the bottom and I keep some of those freez-paks in it. Keeps the cameras at about 65 degrees F.

    You could try that although i would think that you would need a bunch of those...

    Good luck!
    My weapons consist of 11 cameras. And counting... Be afraid.

    We are the makers of music, The dreamers of dreams.

  3. #3
    Mike Wilde's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Location
    Misissauaga Canada
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    2,939
    Images
    29
    I'm not in the same place or climate. I do try to keep gear when in the vehicle out of the sun in the summer, and to limit the amount of gear I have with me on speculative trips where there might be photo taking temptations.

    I don't ever have it hot or muggy enough to worry about fungus growth. I do when vacationing keep my film stash in a soft sided cooler, but without ice. I usually bury it under a pack of sleeping bags, etc, but not right on the floor of the trunk. That way I figure it misses the worst of the days hot , and gets a chance to cool off at night with most of the gear off the top of it.

    Mostly I don't worry about it, hot or cold. If the gear gets hot, well, move it to the shade til it is cool enough to touch, then start using it. Take it for CLA's as soon as it starts to stop working right. Shoot a film, and get it processed, rather than having 3 cameras on the go with film in some for weeks on end.

    If is gets too cold, pack the gear it in a zip lock or two, then warm it in a heated place, so the condensation will form on the zip lock, not the gear. Take the batteries out and stick them in your pocket until they are warm enough to work properly. Dont over warm gear that is to go back into the cold or it ill frost up again. Advance film slowly and avoid power winders to minimize static spark risk on the film, and another battery pack to keep warm.
    my real name, imagine that.

  4. #4
    Rick A's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    north central Pa
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    6,052
    Images
    33
    I used to live in Texas where it does get above 100 on a regular basis. I used to keep my gear in a cooler with reusable freeze packs. Just a thought, how about a 12volt refer/cooler with controls they sell at parts houses or truck stops.
    Rick A
    Argentum aevum

  5. #5
    Ralph Javins's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Latte Land, Washington
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    832
    Quote Originally Posted by ralnphot View Post
    I used to live in Texas where it does get above 100 on a regular basis. I used to keep my gear in a cooler with reusable freeze packs. Just a thought, how about a 12volt refer/cooler with controls they sell at parts houses or truck stops.

    Ralnphot's thought is very good. When I lived in Eastern Washington, the summertime temperatures would rise to similar levels. Not good for photo gear and film. As he suggested, I also used a "picnic cooler" like box that has a 12 VDC operated Peltier cooling device built into it. This would cool down the inside of the box to about 40 degrees F. less than the ambient air temperature with only a 4 Ampere load on the electrical system of the vehicle. With the relative humidity levels in Eastern Washington, condensation was not a problem; "YMMV." The one I use is a Coleman Model S232 "Thermoelectric" cooler. It is still in use for our summer driving trips. Department stores with camping and sporting goods sections, RV shops, and camping supply stores also carry them.
    Enjoy;

    Ralph Javins, Latte Land, Washington

    When they ask you; "How many Mega Pixels you got in your camera?"
    just tell them; "I use activated silver bromide crystals tor my image storage media."

  6. #6

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Central Florida, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,925
    I thought about cooling by some means. But, we have a problem here in Florida.... HUMIDITY! During summer time, it will basically remain over 80 to 90% relative humidity. After daily storms, it will go up to 100% and stay there for remainder of the day. That means if I keep it too cool, then condensation will be a huge problem. I know TX is dryer but did you ever have problem with this??
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

  7. #7
    Krzys's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Location
    Brisbane, QLD, Australia
    Shooter
    35mm
    Posts
    506
    Images
    11
    tkamiya, you should post in the Australian section - there might be some good advice

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jun 2004
    Location
    South Norfolk, United Kingdom
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    2,889
    Images
    62
    tkamiya,

    For a global perspective the temperature here has been around 10ºC maximum the last few days (50ºF).

    Tom

  9. #9

    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Central Florida, USA
    Shooter
    Multi Format
    Posts
    3,925
    For a comparison, we have been having high of mid 90s to mid 80s past few weeks. I think, we hit the highest for the year so far two weeks ago at 97F. That's 36C already. With very high humidity and not much of wind, it's very uncomfortable indeed. I'm expecting extreme temps this year.
    Develop, stop, fix.... wait.... where's my film?

  10. #10
    wclark5179's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2002
    Shooter
    Medium Format
    Posts
    505
    When I was only film capture I would take a cooler with just film in it. Never did anything with equipment but always worried about film especially for the one, maybe two days a year we get warm to around 85 to 90 degrees.
    Bill Clark

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast


 

APUG PARTNERS EQUALLY FUNDING OUR COMMUNITY:



Contact Us  |  Support Us!  |  Advertise  |  Site Terms  |  Archive  —   Search  |  Mobile Device Access  |  RSS  |  Facebook  |  Linkedin