Do NOT shoot the eclipse without the right camera equipment or else you risk burning it.
In case you’re planning to shoot a solar eclipse with your smartphone or digital camera, pause for a few seconds and consider how much you value your equipment. Because, unless you use the right filters and accessories, you can actually burn them up.
Don’t believe us? Watch this video where the folks at Everything Photography sacrificed one of their cameras for the sake of science. They tried capturing a minute of footage by pointing the camera directly at the sun. While not as fragile or irreplaceable as our eyes, the sensors in digital cameras absorb light, and too much of that light can burn it.
While many wrecked their cameras foolishly trying to capture the great American eclipse, photographer Junho Ho and his team managed to film and compile one awesome video featuring the eclipse.
The equipment used was a 2160mm f/12 telescope on a Panasonic GX85 and a RST-150H robotic mount. The result is absolutely stunning.
“A lot of expensive photo gear got destroyed because people didn’t take their camera away fast enough after totality ended…fried the blades in the lenses and the mirror inside the camera. To shoot the phases before/after totality you needed a 16.5 stop ND filter to protect your lens/camera. This way your pics will come out well and your gear will be good,” Carlton Ward