Nikon D800 Survived 4 Hours in -5ºC Weather

Nikon D800 cold weather

The Nikon D800 is a great professional camera released in 2012, and people usually take care of D800 as their baby. Photographer Alexandre Buisse was shooting with his Nikon D800 in very cold weather for 4 hours. Amazingly, the camera continued to function.

Thephoblographer asked Alex a couple of questions about the shoot and the camera, see below:

Phoblographer: What was the premise and creative concept behind the shoot?

Alex: The brief for this shoot was from Canadian technical clothing manufacturer Arc’teryx, and was about how their garments protect climbers when the weather has made a turn for the worse. Put simply, it was: go shoot some alpine climbing in stormy conditions. I had freedom of date and location, and was lucky (in a way) that we had a series of big fronts moving in the Western Alps in the past few days. The forecast was actually for a mixed day slowly deteriorating, but we found a full on storm when we stepped out of Aiguille du Midi, and just rolled with it.

Phoblographer: How did your D800 get that frozen solid?

Alex: I shot for about 4 hours, in temperatures of about -5ºC (windchill excluded), with winds of up to 50km/h from which we were occasionally sheltered, and nearly constant precipitation. The camera was out the whole time, either in my hands or attached to my climbing harness via a Peak Design Capture v2.

Phoblographer: Did it continue to function without any flaws or issues during the shoot?

Alex: It worked flawlessly, as I expected. The main problem I faced was that the viewfinder would get instantly obscured, as would my sunglasses, so framing was extremely challenging. It was good to be able to rely on fully automatic autofocus on the wide lens, though. The front element also fogged/froze very quickly, so I had to wipe it clean every few minutes.

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