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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 1:30 pm 
Hello everyone,

I've been checking out this site for quite a while ever since i wanted to enter the world of DSLRs! I was hesitating between the 400D and the D80 and i luckily found a D80 display model for the price of a the Canon. That was enough to make my mind up^^

Anyway, i was wondering how and if direct sunlight can damage lenses? I remember my compact not appreciating looking the sun in the eye. After a while a slight pinkish border appeared on the bottom right side of images when i shot videos with my camera.

thanks for any tips,

Quentin


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 4:17 pm 
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Hello Quentin, and welcome to the friendly Camera Labs forum!

With a DSLR there's always the shutter (and the mirror) between the sun and the sensor until you press the shutter. As the focus-screen is transparent it will not easily get a hole burnt into it.
So unless you're doing some RSS (=really stupid stuff) like live-view or 1/10 sec shutter speed at fully open aperture, there should be no problem with a DSLR to shoot pictures directly into the sun.
Looky e.g. here:
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1/1000sec (!), at F/8 (!)

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 7:00 pm 
thanks Thomas,

At least that'll be a worry off my mind regarding the maintenance of my lenses. The good news is that i wasn't planning to do any RSS!

Quentin


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2008 9:18 pm 
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QuenTin:

You also have to remember with SLR's their's a mirror between the lens and your eye, rather than a sensor, so be careful for your own visions sake.

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2008 10:27 pm 
Ah, I hadn't thought of that. Thanks for mentioning it Jake. Here i was wondering about lens damage and now i'm worriying about my eyes! :wink:

Well, i'll try to keep my vision as acute as possible so i'll keep that in mind, luckily staring at the sun isn't a hobby of mine!

Quentin


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 12:37 am 
Another example of a picture taken pointing at the sun :P

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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2008 1:41 am 
I'm getting a tan here antman!! lol

Very nice shot - great outline/definition of the Sun without losing anything in the rest of the image!

Cheers :-)


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