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    with polarizer and UV filters, will shooting direct at the sun (not sunlight) cause damage to the lens/camera/sensor?

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    Yes..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899
    with polarizer and UV filters, will shooting direct at the sun (not sunlight) cause damage to the lens/camera/sensor?

    Just report to CS this month
    I think it's not advisable.
    I'm more curious WHY you would consider such a shot. What are you hoping to capture?
    Exploring! :)

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    shouldn't you be worry about it may causing damage to your eyes more than the camera?
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    Haha, kind of a stupid question. I was actually inspired by other's photo showing a picture taken direct on the sun + clouds. How possible could it be??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899
    Haha, kind of a stupid question. I was actually inspired by other's photo showing a picture taken direct on the sun + clouds. How possible could it be??
    Perhaps link to that photo so we have an idea what you're referring to?
    Exploring! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899 View Post
    Haha, kind of a stupid question. I was actually inspired by other's photo showing a picture taken direct on the sun + clouds. How possible could it be??
    why can't? as long you able exposure it correctly, it shouldn't cause any harm to the camera, unless you leave the camera under sunlight for a very long period as well.

    and also the same thing, you can look at the sun briefly, but it will be very (________) to stare at the sun.
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    http://akbari694.persiangig.com/image/The%20Sun.jpg

    This is the one, any expert idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899 View Post
    http://akbari694.persiangig.com/image/The%20Sun.jpg

    This is the one, any expert idea?
    using a smaller aperture, you will get a star burst effect.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899 View Post
    http://akbari694.persiangig.com/image/The%20Sun.jpg

    This is the one, any expert idea?
    no expert, but it looks like usage of small aperture and possibly ND filter too.
    Exploring! :)

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    for a split second of exposure to the sun should not do any harm to your sensor. looking through the VF at the sun for prolonged period will damage your eyes though.

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    Thanks for all comments, will surely try it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    using a smaller aperture, you will get a star burst effect.
    Agree. A fast speed with smallest aperture is OK to get starburst effect.
    Like this: (Pic not very good as it was my very first lesson in photography taken last year.
    The starburst effect would have been better if the sky is cloudless with a hot sun.)

    Focal 13mm (m4/3 cam) ISO400 F/22(min for my lens) 1/1600sec. No filter, no flash.

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    So long as you don't try a 30 second exposure, should be no problem. If there was a problem, then every time a tourist takes a picture of the sunset they need to send their camera for repairs.

    So logically....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoo8899 View Post
    with polarizer and UV filters, will shooting direct at the sun (not sunlight) cause damage to the lens/camera/sensor?

    Just report to CS this month
    I am not certain will the sensor or lens will be damaged or not, but I am pretty sure that your eyes will!

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    Quote Originally Posted by chillicutter View Post
    I am not certain will the sensor or lens will be damaged or not, but I am pretty sure that your eyes will!
    thank god i bought camera with EVF. i tried to shoot sunrise on the way to work at bukit batok MRT and it came out good, but i didn't take too many due to this fear.

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    not sure if it will damage. but I have done it and nothing happened to my camera...

    I dunno!!!
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    There is not much of a risk unless u r doing long exposure without the proper filters in place. But do be wary of doin that with a macro lens or adaptor. Just remember the times when we will use a magnifier to burn the paper, the ants, the leaves, hahaha. The good old times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chiangkxv View Post
    for a split second of exposure to the sun should not do any harm to your sensor. looking through the VF at the sun for prolonged period will damage your eyes though.
    agree.
    i did this before. shot direct at the sun through viewfinder with fast shutter/small apperture (i was already a 1/2000 at F11) ... then click ... my eyes couldn't focus for the next five minutes. '

    it's an experience though.
    is using a digital camera that works ...

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    recently i tried this with a CPL..set to the smallest aperture available,f16..and i got the starburst effect~


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