My camera of choice for this was my Canon SX50 HS which I've had for five years. Although it is only 12.1 MP, I love the camera. While out in the field, I noticed something...several brownish spots...on the inside lens.
Calling the instructor over to ask him what it was, I began with, "I know I have a scratch on the outer lens which was caused by the lens cap, but do you know what that is on the inside?"
His response was quick. "Did you take pictures of the eclipse?"
"No....but, oh wait....my husband did."
"Well, if he pointed the camera directly at the eclipse without the use of a lens filter, he may have burnt it."
In case you don't remember, the eclipse occurred on August 21, 2017. Let me paint the picture on what transpired at our house that afternoon.
Out on the deck, feet up on the table, doing a Sudoku puzzle, I sat waiting to "listen the eclipse." (I had read that the silence would be noticeable with all wildlife and, believe it or not, it was. Hence I wanted to "listen" to the eclipse.)
Meanwhile, the Pres...the man who knows everything...came out onto the deck, wearing his welder's mask which he planned on using to view the eclipse and said, "Where's your camera? Aren't you going to take pictures of the eclipse? It's almost time."
"I don't want to ruin my camera. And since I don't have a solar lens, I don't want to take a chance."
Well, I'm sure you can guess the rest. First he watched through the welder's mask and then the Pres proceeded to zoom in snap away.
Although I never looked at the lens, I did look at the pix. They came out horrible so I deleted them from the SD card.
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