-28 degrees Celsius.
I’m not just pushing my equipment to the limits, but also me. My human resistance to such extreme temperatures was tested to the max. I wore multiple clothing and yet couldn’t possibly tame nature’s coldness. I can vouch that the Nikon equipment (click here for >> Nikon Website) was able to withstand the sub-human temperature. I brought along a Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8 and Nikkor AFS 70-200 2.8 VRII and all performed as if it was just an ordinary day in the tropics. Except for probably 2-3 black frames in continuous mode (9fps) out of the thousands of raw shots, I don’t know how did it came about, but I think it was just a bit too extreme for the equipment to work flawlessly as the operating temperature range for most Nikon DSLRs is from 0 – 40 degrees Celsius. Pushing it to work under -28 degrees Celsius is way beyond the normal range, and it’s really something I can praise about Nikon. It further boosted my confidence on this brand and I can really rely on my Nikon equipment no matter what the job at hand requires me to do so. And I have to note that my fear of losing the battery life quickly was not really a factor. I brought along one extra battery, and whole day & night shooting in extreme temperatures did not affect much the batteries. I just made sure I kept the spare battery close to my inner clothing to keep as warm as it can be. Shooting with a glove was a challenge, I couldn’t remove it even for just 10 seconds, or else the coldness will start to creep in to my system, and I’ll break down first before Nikon does, LOL! Overall, it was a good experience.
Let’s keep pushing the limits!
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/125, ISO 500, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/60, ISO 1100, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8
Photographer’s note: F/4, 1/160, ISO 400, Nikon D3, Nikkor AFS 17-35mm 2.8
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