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Hey everyone! New to Fuji and the forums. I bought myself a X-T20 18-55mm kit and would like to use it in the winter sometimes. I know its not weather sealed like the X-T2 but would it still be safe to use in colder weather. I have a Pelican Case from my previous DSLR and was planning to put it in the case outside in the cold after shooting, before entering indoors to warmer temperatures. Would this be enough to protect the camera for damage with drastic temperature change? I plan to go yurting in the winter. 

 

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Often cold weather means dry air, so less risk than in warmer, tropical countries. Condensation can be a risk when bringing cold equipment back indoors.

 

The key issue from cold is batteries, as they lose power as the temperature drops. This impacts all cameras, weathersealed or not. Try to keep spare batteries in your pocket, and have extra spares.

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Weather Sealing is poopoo.  Ask ANYONE who has done serious repair work on ANY camera or lens and they will laugh at you.

 

Sooner or later, you will pay the price for shooting in bad weather.   With that having been said, my daughter is on a six month contract up about 330 miles NW of Anchorage Alaska.  The weather this week, without windchill factor, is 25 degrees below zero.  And, she "borrowed" my X-T1 with the 18-55 and that's what she uses every day to and from work in the village she works at.

 

So other than batteries not functioning a fulll capacity, it's a no-big-deal scenario.  For Fuji, or pretty much any other camera.  My Fuji's both X-T1, X-T2 have been used in the extreme opposite was well -- over 100 degrees Fahrenheit, humid, temperature again with no ill-effects.  Both for extreme heat, and cold, when bringing gear back in or taking it outside is to make sure you have it wrapped in what I use:  ZipLockbags.  Once you go outdoors, or back indoors, give it 10 minutes or so to acclimate to the cold, or warm temperature difference.

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Just returned from a month in Europe (UK & Prague) & I live in Western Australia so Prague was very cold & London positively mediterranean in comparison. My cameras have worked without problems in temps of -5C (not Alaska cold) to +40C without problems other than the lens misting over on the outside immediately on leaving  the warmth of the hotel.

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