u can try the most silly things with ur cam. u try setting ur iso at the highest , for mine 3200, shutter 30 sec and use ur furthest lens, for me , my 70- 300 lens and zoom into 300 and setting ur f/ number to the lowest. it may spoil ur cam but i dun wanna try. i am not that silly as a dslr cost me sgd 1kplusplusplus and i am not gonna throw my money into the drain unless i am those type of rich guy that can earn millions in a month. well those guy can put this to the test, but for me no!
well, if you point your camera at the sun long enough, it may burn a hole on your shutter, as such, you don't even have a change to damage sensor at all.
so far, we have seen many people do silly things to their cameras, and post the photos all over internet, but yet to heard of, or see anyone post a photo of camera sensor damage by shooting sunrise sunset.
Last edited by Octarine; 11th May 2009 at 11:56 PM.
In case you were not aware, or you dropped out of the Physics class at this point, different bands of EM radiation work differently on different stuff. That's why heat sensitive electronics don't necessarily get affected by light or camera sensors are not sensitive to short wave radio. Don't just bring out useless academic trivia that everyone knows in primary school without any consideration on practical possibilities.
Last edited by estel; 12th May 2009 at 01:39 AM.
its not the duration, but the intensity that matters. you can leave it pointed at the sun as long as it is not focused onto your sensor. pretty much like frying ants with a magnifying glass. you can wave it over the ants as long as you want, but if the light is focused, that's when it does damage.
i've read on fredmiranda forums of someone frying the mirror box because he left the camera+lens on the table, which happened to be pointing up at the sun. turns out it was focused nicely to cause damage to the camera. and it was only for a couple of minutes or less!
sunrises and sunsets are probably less likely to do that, as the sun is physically further away and less intense. i base this on 10 seconds of thinking at 1.40am after booking my maldives air tickets on SQ for $566 per person, and no hard science, so i may be wrong.
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