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    Cold weather shooting M8

    I was hiking this past weekend, temp was about mid 20's F (-4 C), and my M8 stopped working after about 45 minutes. Battery was showing full charge, took a shot, and everything went blank.
    Later, once the camera warmed up, everything worked fine again, battery still showing a full charge.
    Any similar experiences?
    A bit dissapointing since I missed a lot of good shots on this hike because of the camera quitting.
    Shaun O'Boyle
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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    Yup, keep it inside your coat or in camera bag or pocket with a hand warmer. The batteries are definitely not going to last as long but I have spent quite a few winter days with 3 batteries.

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    So you think it was the battery, even though it showed full charge before quitting?
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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    Yes I have experienced the same thing a few times. Doubt there is anything wrong with your camera or battery.

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    Which leads me to a battery question, are there any aftermarket batteries worth considering for the M8, or should I plunk down for the Leica battery?
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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    I have heard mixed reviews. I bought some aftermarket batteries for my Canon gear, some were great the others useless. I now use an M9 and I figure that after the cost of the camera and lenses the battery price is kind of trivial. I would research the aftermarket ones and only get ones where there have been no negative comments.

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    I would guess having a metal body is disadvantageous for cold weather work, keeps the camera colder for longer...

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    But -4 C is shocking
    I´ll be without a camera from now till the end of March!
    Where´s that TriX?

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    I can confirm that the M8 batteries perform fine in high temperatures (38C today in Melbourne)...

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    That´s soothing news!
    F2, FM2, D700, 3,5/20 UD, 2/35, 3,5/55, CV 2,5/75 (all ai or ai´d), 1,8/85 af-d,
    2,8/60 af-d

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    Re: Cold weather shooting M8

    Quote Originally Posted by leif e View Post
    But -4 C is shocking
    I´ll be without a camera from now till the end of March!
    Where´s that TriX?

    leif e
    I've been out for 4 hours in -8C today with the M9. No problem...
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