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I accidently left my T2i in the garage for an hour..

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It's -30c in there. Its currently warming up, with the battery out and every door is open. I didn't want to start it up to pop the flash up, cuz that involved turning it on.

Is there anything I should worry about? There's a little condensation on it right now yessir.gif
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post #2 of 20
Whenever you bring equipment in from the cold, it's best to but it inside of a large zip-lock bag while outside, seal it, then bring it into the warmer temperature and let it acclimate.

By doing this, the condensation will form on the outside of the bag rather than on your equipment.

Since you've already had it inside for awhile, I would make sure it dries completely. You could even put in in a bag sitting on some rice overnight to make sure.

Chances are you'll be fine, but I tend to be paranoid when it comes to my camera equipment.

Hope this helps,

Rich
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Essentially, what Rick said. Normally I'd be of the 'it's not a huge deal' camp, but those are some pretty extreme temperatures (and temperature differences). I wouldn't power it on until it's sat in a bag of rice for at least 12 hours. If you have silica packets, those would work OK too, but don't over do it (you dont want to dry out the rubber, it can happen).
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post #4 of 20
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I hate when stupid things like this happen. You make a single little mistake and leave a piece of equipment outside for (not even) 50 minutes and you end up paying for it another 24 hours.
What if I said its quite dry in my house? Living inland Nunavut means my climate is drier than most - especially in the winter (any moisture freezes). Also, what should I look out for when I do power it on? Any abnormalities in pictures, sounds, etc.
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post #5 of 20
You could also use a fan to blow of it. That will help with the condensation evaporation. Also take everything out of it and leave it open. If there is a lens take that off to.
As long as it is completely dried out you should be ok
Edited by Cape Cod - 3/9/12 at 1:04pm
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Actually, taking the lens off is probably the worst thing you can do (if one was on it). You basically introduce a quick rush of warm air in something that was just very cold and give a direct path to the mirror, the sensor and the rear element of the lens, the first line of things you want to keep moisture away from. My suggestion would be to NOT open it up until it's had a chance to warm to room temperature.

It doesn't necessarily have to be 12-24 hours, but if you want to be prudent I'd give it at least the 12 with a chance to warm up before opening anything up. If it was already open, then you should probably leave them open. Sucks, but if you want to be safe and hopefully not have to worry about moisture, it's in your best interest.
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I left the lens on - just opened the card and battery door + lifted the rubber for the ports open smile.gif
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Should be fine I have filmed on my 60D in -20c skiing, and I have seen many other people around the same filming on their t2i/t3i's

I know its rated from 0-55c I believe in the manual but I believe that is there more for warranty purposes so you cant go freeze it then ask for them to replace it.
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Rice doesn't absorbe moisture. Use DempRid or the silica packages you get with HDDs, or asian crackers, seaweed. thumb.gif
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post #10 of 20
Cameras are actually pretty resilient. You should be ok after a couple of minutes to an hour for the camera to warm up. That's cause most the moisture will we be on the surface and not on the sensor or circuits. But to be safe a couple of hours won't hurt.
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