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    M8 Freezing?

    Has anyone else had this problem?

    Being in Chicago, I went out yesterday during out "snow day" to shoot.

    The temperature was in the 20s for most of the day.

    Everything was working fine, until about a 1.5-2 hrs of shooting that my camera just stopped turning on. At first I thought it was the battery. After changing it, the problem continued.

    I would turn the switch to "S" from OFF and the red light would come on, but then the small LCD would not show how many exposures I had left.

    After turning it "on" many times, it finally turned back on - sometimes only for a couple shots before doing the same thing.

    After coming home and warming up a bit, it all worked fine.

    Any ideas? Any way to prevent this?

    My thoughts:
    1. Normal behaviour in extreme cold
    2. Bad battery (these were 3rd party batteries) - though the LCD showed a full charge, perhaps they are still faulty

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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    I had the same issues out there yesterday. Not the first time that happened fo me either. I attributed it to shooting out the batter each time.
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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    So do you think it is the cold causing the problem? Any way to prevent it?

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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    I have had mixed results with M8 & cold weather.
    The best I can say is - go out with a full charge, and if possible a spare battery.

    I found that if I went out with a charge below full (even 2/3 bars) the battery dies very rapidly.
    Keeping this in mind I have had a lot of success shooting in cold, snow, etc for extended periods.
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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    Hmm, interesting.

    Ive got 5 batteries... sounds like Ill need to keep all of them with me!

    If a battery issue, then Im relieved...
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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    sounds like a battery issue to me.

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    It's totally a battery issue. Just weird how fast it depletes.

    Where in Chicago are you, Edmund?
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    Re: M8 Freezing?

    Im downtown -- by the giant McDonalds.

    Have you seen the Vivian Maier exhibit yet? Definitely worth it.

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