As a photographer who suffers from Raynauds Syndrome, keeping my hands warm and functional while shooting in the winter is a perpetual challenge. The combination of winter weather and a cold camera are often enough to drain the blood from my fingertips, making it incredibly hard to feel the buttons and dials. When I used a DSLR I found silk lined leather gloves gave me enough dexterity, while being windproof. Of course, once I went mirrorless and introduced a touchscreen into the mix they didn't work.
I've tried various touchscreen gloves and found them all too bulky for precise control but last winter I discovered some cosy cashmere fingerless gloves which convert into mittens for warmth when it's needed. Although they have covered thumbs I found I could still the operate the touchscreen on my Panasonic GX8. Imagine my frustration when I bought my new G9 and discovered they've changed the touchscreen and my wonderful gloves no longer work!
A chance conversation with another photographer at Snetterton last week made me look up arthritis gloves online and found these beauties. They're thin, knitted gloves but with silver thread running through them. The silver reflects the heat back inside and has the added bonus that it is conductive enough to work with a touchscreen - result! Time will tell if they're really the perfect photography gloves but at least I can spend the rest of this winter shooting with warm hands and have complete control of my camera - fingers crossed!
24 January 2018