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chilli42 Registered since 30th Mar 2012Sun 10-Mar-13 01:32 AM
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"Overexposure & Blown Photos"


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Hi,

Just a quick question - Can an blown or overexposed shot (like the one attached) when taking a sun reflection shot for example, damage your sensor in anyway?




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jec6613 Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Feb 2013Sun 10-Mar-13 02:22 AM
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Nope.

  

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 10-Mar-13 12:43 PM
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Definitely not, or else every sensor in a DSLR would have been damaged as soon as someone tried to clean it. Maybe - just maybe - you could damage it if you took a huge telephoto, focused on the sun and then left it open for minutes at a time, but that would be due to the same reason that doing the same thing to a piece of paper would ignite and burn it. (In the case of the sensor you'd probably just be melting it.) But you really have to try hard to do that. As noted, for most of us when we clean the sensor we are leaving the shutter open for minutes at a time in a relatively bright environment and the resultant frame is 100% blown, with no damage. Some folks even use a tool - Artic Butterfly? - that illuminates the sensor for cleaning.

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billD80 Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Jan 2007Sun 10-Mar-13 05:10 PM
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Just be careful with your eyes when attempting images that include the sun...

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blw Moderator Awarded for his high level of expertise in various areas Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Tue 12-Mar-13 01:06 AM
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Doing that with LiveView shouldn't be a risk to the eyes, but it's silly because the sensor won't be able to capture anything meaningful anyway. I just used it as an EXTREME example... not recommended!

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