Great American Solar Eclipse has passed and we got a lot of great impressions and even more fantastic photographs of the fenomenal event. However not everything went so smooth when people who don’t really know how to shoot an eclipse rent cameras from LensRentals and started experimenting with sun and optics.

$11,499 Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II lens had its aperture blades completely destroyed by the sun

You might have played with magnifying glass as a kid and burned pieces of paper, wood or even insects by finding that perfect focus point and where all the sun rays concentrate in one spot.  The same thing happened when the cameras was pointing straight to the sun and the lens served as a magnifying glass.  Some cameras got the aperture blades melted, others, shutter burned and others got their sensors completely destroyed by the power of sun.

Here are few images from LensRentals showing the damage:


Nikon D500 Mirror Melted


Sun burned through the Canon 7D Mark II shutter and destroyed the sensor


Melted Aperture Blades of Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens

This should be a lesson for everyone who is planning to shoot next eclipse in 2024, but for now, it is time to get that coverage from the insurance company….or regret that you didn’t insure your gear.

via LensRentals

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