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SRHEdD

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(I'm trying to disguise my question as a contest.)

I was sitting here posting this morning, bright sun pouring through the windows onto my desk. My E-PL2 with its new VF-2 is gleaming in the sun. An old rule from my Leica M days came to mind...

Is there a possibility that the sun could damage the sensor since there is no lens cap on and obviously no mirror to reflect the light away?
 

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SRHEdD, you are not alone in wondering about this! See this thread: https://www.mu-43.com/f43/staring-into-sun-978/.

Opinions and opinions...but apparently the Olympus E-P1 manual addressed it, according to this post:
here's some quotes from the olympus e-p1 manual

"Do not point the lens attached to the camera toward the sun. This may cause the camera to malfunction or even ignite due to the magnifying effect of sunlight focusing through the lens."

"Do not look at the sun or strong lights with the camera."

"Do not leave the camera pointed directly at the sun. This may cause lens or shutter curtain damage, color failure, ghosting on the image pickup device, or may possibly cause fires."

Part of me really wants to see a video of a camera catching fire due to the "magnification effect of sunlight". I'm not volunteering mine though, maybe one of you guys who have more than one camera can donate to this worthy cause. :biggrin:
Have you checked your E-PL2's manual?
 

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I certainly wouldn't let the camera look at daytime sun.
But I figure if the sun is comfortable to look at with the eyes (like low setting sun) then using the kit lens on it for a few shots won't do any harm.
I don't have solid facts to go on though.

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SRHEdD

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Yeah, this was more a, "it is potentially damaging to let it sit on a desk without a cap in a sunny room?" kinda thing. I endlessly lose caps, but leave the camera out to grab shots of my sons.
 

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I see.
I presumed the manual is talking about taking photos of the sun, rather than just pointing the lens at the sun without opening the shutter, but perhaps not.
However, I wouldn't let any electronic thing bask in hot sun through a window.
 
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