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    Question My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    I have a AF-S Nikkor 18-55 1:3.5 - 5.6G ED lens attached to my D90. Went out this morning to take some pics of the snow, sun and fog. The camera refused to work. It worked when I put the lens to manual focus but not auto. I noticed that in the viewfinder AE-L comes up. I put my nifty fifty on and the same thing happened. That suggests that the camera is at fault (or one of the settings if wrong). I reset the camera several times to no avail. Any help would be appreciated. I tried it again this morning (in Scotland) the temperature was -5 degrees, the camera would not work. Brought it back indoors and it worked. What's going on?

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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    How old is your battery ?
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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    AE-L is the auto-exposure lock. You might have accidentally pushed the button. Push it again to unlock and things might work again.

    It happens to me when wearing gloves.
    Last edited by J-see; 12-27-2017 at 05:24 PM.

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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    Of course, you know that Nikon's minimum temperature specification for the D90 is 32F, right ???

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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    I've done shots at -20˚ C with my D90. It might be the battery that doesn't last long outside. I used to keep the camera inside my coat until I wanted to take the shot OR keep the battery in my pant's pocket and put it in just before shooting. I also have a lens that gets lazy when cold. My Tamron 28-200 will always overexpose out in the cold. I found out that it's the diaphragm that gets slow and doesn't have time to get to the marked opening before the shutter opens. When used at full aperture, no problem. Some of these things have to be figured out in such cold climates. It was -22C this morning outside. But my hands can freeze long before my camera.
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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    The battery is probably a few years old now but it's showing full charge (and the spare one). They are 'proper' Nikon ones. What do you think about third party ones?
    Last edited by meddyliol; 12-27-2017 at 06:06 PM. Reason: Added text
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    Hoya NDx400 filter plus UV filters for all lens
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    Tamron SP AF 60mm f2 Di-II LD (IF)
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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    Quote Originally Posted by meddyliol View Post
    The battery is probably a few years old now but it's showing full charge (and the spare one). They are 'proper' Nikon ones. What do you think about third party ones?
    I'm using 3th party since some years and they all work as well as the original ones.

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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Of course, you know that Nikon's minimum temperature specification for the D90 is 32F, right ???
    Oops, no, I didn't know that. Maybe -5 is a little too low then.
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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    Quote Originally Posted by J-see View Post
    AE-L is the auto-exposure lock. You might have accidentally pushed the button. Push it again to unlock and things might work again.

    It happens to me when wearing gloves.
    Will have a look at that AE-L. Cheers.
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    Nikon SB-600 Speedlight

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    Re: My D90 doesn't like the cold?

    Quote Originally Posted by FredKingston View Post
    Of course, you know that Nikon's minimum temperature specification for the D90 is 32F, right ???
    Yea if that was the case nobody in CANADA can use the camera from November to March I've been out in -40 BTW its the same in F or C at that temp Ill be out tomorrow as I was today in -30C
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