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    D800E in cold weather

    I have been in New Zealand using my D800E. Whenever the temperature gets close to or less than zero, I start getting issues with the Sandisk Extreme 64GB SD card. I'm assuming that the fault lies in the card as I've never heard of issues with the D800E in cold weather.

    I thought that I would check here first before I start sticking the camera in the fridge with different cards in it.
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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    I'd say it's the card, last winter I had my D800 and D800e out all night in -30c with zero issues. I'm using the smaller sandisk extreme 16gb cards.

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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    Per the operating manual, the D800E is only spec'd to operate down to 0 C.

    The Sandisk Extreme 64GB SD card mentioned is spec'd to operate down to -25 C.

    While most modern equipment will work properly outside its nominal operating range, there's certainly no guarantee or reasonable expectation of same.

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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    Used mine several nights in a row at -30F in Alaska last March with no issues. Those specs don't really mean much in the real world...

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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    Quote Originally Posted by Tim Ernst View Post
    Those specs don't really mean much in the real world...
    Apparently you don't understand what specifications are. They in fact mean EVERYTHING in the real world of product design.

    Those start out as part of the product definition.
    That's the package that goes to the engineering department so they can design it.

    The content of that definition is critical to the choice of components that go into the product.

    The resulting design is guaranteed to work over the specified range.

    It will likely work over a wider range, as I mentioned previously, but that is not guaranteed, and doing so may cause damage.

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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    Thanks for the feedback, folks. I'm happy to accept things going wrong below 0c but this happens well above also. I'll try another card tonight. I think that an L bracket and metal barrel lenses add to the cold absorption.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    I have been in New Zealand using my D800E. Whenever the temperature gets close to or less than zero, I start getting issues...
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeffg53 View Post
    I'm happy to accept things going wrong below 0c but this happens well above also.
    I guess "close to zero" and "well above zero" are synonymous down there.

    We really can't make meaningful suggestions when given ambiguous information.

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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    Let's lighten up a little Leigh...
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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    My old Transcend card gives up below 60F/16C
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    Re: D800E in cold weather

    I just got another chance to try it out. At 7c, the D800E gives an error message about the card. I put in a 64GB Sandisk Ultra and off it went.
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