Shooting the sun

Discussion in 'Digital SLR' started by Gerry, May 13, 2007.

  1. Gerry

    Gerry Guest

    how much time does it take to damage the camera if you aim it at the
    sun?

    it can happen, for a small moment of time by accident..especially if you
    spend long days outside

    g
     
    Gerry, May 13, 2007
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    Matt Clara Guest

    Sounds like you already know the answer, so why ask us...?
     
    Matt Clara, May 13, 2007
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  3. Nothing in the camera is going to be damaged if you just point it at the
    Sun. Lens glasses are not going to melt, shutter curtain is not going to
    melt. But your eye can be irreparably damaged if you look through the view
    finder, specially with a telephoto lens, at the bright Sun for any length
    of time. A setting Sun is not that dangerous but still one should not look
    at it for long. The camera sensor can be damaged if you leave the shutter
    open for a long time with the lens pointing at the Sun. But that is a
    very unlikely event and certainly cannot happen by accident.
     
    Gautam Majumdar, May 13, 2007
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  4. Gerry

    Jeff R. Guest

    LOL!
    My old Pentax SP500 with the hole burnt in the shutter curtain would tend to
    suggest otherwise.
     
    Jeff R., May 13, 2007
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    ben brugman Guest

    Depending on the construction of the camera.
    Leaving the camera steady while it's lens is pointing at the sun and open at
    the time,
    probably will destroy whats in the focal point behind the lens, this could
    be the CCD
    if there is no shutter or the shutter is open.
    For a DSLR even the viewfinder screen can damaged if left long enough.
    If the lens of the camera is 'open' I wouldn't leave the camera to long in
    the
    sun. Keep it in a bag.

    Damage while carrying around your camera and 'sweeping' the sun doesn't do
    harm to most camera's.

    This is my thinking, I do not give a garantee with this writing.
    Suspect all writings in newsgroup including this one.
    ben
     
    ben brugman, May 13, 2007
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  6. I think other have given some good answers.

    I'll add, be very careful with the sun, as it can damage
    you eyes before your camera!

    If you really want to photograph the sun, get a solar
    filter, e.g.:

    Taken with a glass solar filter (cost me about $70):
    http://www.clarkvision.com/galleries/gallery.astrophoto-1/web/sun.c11.19.2003.v1.4-800b.html

    Some info:
    http://www.mreclipse.com/Special/filters.html

    Roger
     
    Roger N. Clark (change username to rnclark), May 14, 2007
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