Originally Posted by mtbakerskier
SERIOUSLY WTF are you talking about????????
Digi camera bateries and film bateries are just as susceptable to cold weather. I have NEVER EVER had an issue with batteries getting cold when I use the above set up, and you would be hard pressed to find another that has. Just don't buy cheap batteries. Plus carying the camera in side your jacket is actual even worse, as the temperature difference that you are creating by going from cold while shooting to warm while skiing will create condensation problems that will drastically hamper the life of your camera.
Sorry, I didn't mean to start a war.
I have used an older Minolta 35mm SLR film camera for years. It's a heavy cast aluminum unit, rather than one of the newer cheap plastic things. It lives outside my coat in a Lowepro pack and operates on a little button battery. Obviously, it's not a motor drive unit. The battery just operates the built-in light meter, so the camera still works fine even if the battery is dead. I frequently use a separate light meter anyway. It has always worked fine in the cold.
Every motor drive I've used had a fairly large battery pack on it that I figured had enough juice to cope with the cold. But, I haven't used a motor drive for a long time.
I've had quite a bit of trouble with digital cameras of various kinds in the cold. I use Eveready or Sony NiMH rechargeables, per the manufacturer recommendation. So, to get it to work, I keep it inside. I may be creating problems down the road. I don't know. But I haven't experienced any problems yet. My first digital camera was working fine after several years of use and several thousand pictures (digital cameras are good for keeping track of such things) when a family member lost it.
I may get away with it simply because I don't allow the camera to stay outside for very long, so it doesn't really get cold. I'm not setting up professionally composed shots. But what do I know? I have the brains of a kitchen appliance!