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| p.1 #1 · Does a D800e work at -31F? |
Yep, and a whole lot better than the photographer on the other end of it does!
I had to run down to Durango from Denver to do some work stuff and so decided to head out early and spend a night in Alamosa, which meant an early AM trip to Great Sand Dunes NP was on the agenda. I left the hotel at 5:30 and got to the park at 6. On the way two different temperature gauges mocked my plans by indicating -29 and -33. When I got to the park I had it to myself (!) and wandered out towards the dune field. Truthfully, it was pretty hard going and it was still dark so it was harder getting a comp than I expected and I wasn't as successful as I would have liked.
OTOH, the gear held up perfectly. The Gitzo tripod and RRS ballhead were smooth and even though the ballhead ended up with a bit of frost on it, they worked better than I expected. As for the camera, it did everything I wanted. I was outside for about 90 minutes and it did take about 2 hours for it to come back up to temp (wrapped in a towel and left in my shooting bag to avoid condensation), but then again so did I and I had the benefit of hot shower.
'Nuff talk, here's a quick edit of one of the first shots, and yes, those are a couple of stars hanging out above Mt. Herard