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#1 Stuart C

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Posted 29 January 2006 - 09:39 PM

Hi,

What is the best way to shoot the midday sun without damaging the camera? What filters do you need? NDs ?

(Camera is a Sony HDV Z1)

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Stuart Clegg
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 06:43 AM

Hi,

What is the best way to shoot the midday sun without damaging the camera? What filters do you need? NDs ?

(Camera is a Sony HDV Z1)

Thanks,

Stuart Clegg


Although panning across the open sun probably will cause no damage, be careful about shooting directly at the midday sun for more than a few seconds. Most ND filters still allow infrared energy through, so the heating effect of the hot sun is still there. Remember how you can use a magifying glass to focus the sun on black paper to start it on fire -- a similar same situation applies to a camera lens and a CCD sensor, with the potential for permanently "dead" pixels.

Usually not a problem at sunrise or sunset, as most of the energy is absorbed by the atmosphere.
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#3 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 30 January 2006 - 10:59 AM

Borrow stock footgage from Baraka ;)

Tons of ND .9's, or 1.2's, polarizer, and maybe an infrared reducing filter.
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Posted 30 January 2006 - 02:02 PM

Borrow stock footgage from Baraka ;)

Tons of ND .9's, or 1.2's, polarizer, and maybe an infrared reducing filter.


Yeah, when you focus the sun on film moving through a camera, each frame gets only about 1/48 second exposure --- too short to really burn the film, although you may certainly flare or solarize the image captured. With a CCD or CMOS sensor, the pixels eventually get so hot they may permanently fail in the "hot spot".
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