(Photos courtesy of LensRentals.com)
The Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017 destroyed a few rental cameras as LensRentals.com discovered. The Tennessee-based camera rental shop reported that not all their customers heeded the warnings to use solar filters on cameras shooting the eclipse. The most common damage was melted sensors.
It seems clear that people were shooting in Live View mode so they could compose an image on the back of their screen rather than burn their eyes by peering through the viewfinder.
Neutral Density Filter Doesn’t Help
Many cameras have built-in ND filters. These filters slide over the sensor to help control iris and shutter settings and thus control the image. But these filters are not strong enough to protect from the powerful light and high heat of a solar eclipse.
The company warned its rental customers about the potential damage from shooting the eclipse without a solar flare, but some people just didn’t listen.