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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:12 AM   #1
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I have a question. The picture below was taken into the sun. As you can see the sun is a bit hidden behind some clouds, but it was still pretty direct. I was looking in the DL manual to see if direct sunlight would be harmful to the sensor. I couldn't find anything. So my question is, "is it harmful to shoot directly into the sun?"
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 7:38 AM   #2
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Hi,

It can harm the sensor if you use Long exposures and continually make shots into the sun. I have done some not quite directly into the sun and have not noticed any problems.

Nice shot by the way...

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Old Jan 25, 2007, 9:09 AM   #3
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And though VASTLY improved the one area DIGITAL (EVEN THE VERY BEST) can't quite equal film.....contrast ratio.

AS TO DAMAGING CAMERA NO DON'T WORRY ABOUT THAT UNLESS ON A TRIPOD AND NEVER MOVING IN THOSE CONDITIONS.... THEY HAVE AT LEAST GOTTEN THAT DOWN :roll:

Plus guessing you weren't doing a long exposure in that light and with a SLR you had BOTH the mirror and shutter curtain in front of the sensor....

Might have hurt your eyeball.... but not the camera
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Thanks for the info and have a great day!


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Old Jan 25, 2007, 5:59 PM   #5
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Unlike compact cameras where the sensor is active the whole time, with dSRL, the sensor is only exposed to the subject for the duration that the shutter is open.

When shooting into the sun, the shutter speed is usually fast due to the mount of light received therefore potential damage is pretty remote - IMHO.

All these were taken in quick succession:








And this one against a bright reflections off the sea:


I thinks that the earlier comment wrt to one's eyesight is probably a good guidance - if you can view the subject without discomfort, then the camera's functionallity should be sustained.
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Old Jan 25, 2007, 6:02 PM   #6
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I didn't think about the sensor while shooting into the sun - I've always worried that it might do something to the light meter in the camera. Sounds like everyone thinks it won't make a difference?
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Thanks everybody. Nice pictures, too!

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