Feel the burn! See the cameras and lenses that got torched by the Solar Eclipse

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A couple of weeks back, in the lead-up to the Northern Hemisphere Solar Eclipse, we shared a story about the dangers of directly photographing the sun with a digital camera.

Clearly, the warning went unheeded by at least a few photographers as you can see from the images published below.

The photos were published by US gear-hire company Lensrentals yesterday, which warned everyone "to view the event with appropriate eyewear and to attach a solar filter to the end of their lenses to protect the lens elements and camera sensor."

Well, they tried! While Lensrentals says most of their gear came back in tact after the eclipse, they still had their fair share of melted sensors, shutters, mirrors and aperture blades.

Ouch!

Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 with iris damage from the eclipse.
Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 with iris damage from the eclipse.
Here you can see that the sun has burned a hole through the shutter.
Here you can see that the sun has burned a hole through the shutter.
Canon C300 Mark II with a damaged ND Filter.
Canon C300 Mark II with a damaged ND Filter.
The melted iris of a Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM.
The melted iris of a Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM.
Another angle of the damaged iris of the Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM.
Another angle of the damaged iris of the Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM.
Damaged mirror on a Nikon D500 resulting from the eclipse.
Damaged mirror on a Nikon D500 resulting from the eclipse.
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