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Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by SRHEdD, Mar 5, 2011.

  1. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    (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?
     
  2. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    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:
    Have you checked your E-PL2's manual?
     
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  3. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    Manual?


    ummmm...


    (rustling noises...)


    Yeah! Got it right here.
     
  4. BBW

    BBW Super Moderator Emeritus

    I hear you - in more ways than one.:biggrin:
     
  5. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    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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  6. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    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.
     
  7. Spuff

    Spuff Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Dec 5, 2010
    Berkshire, UK.
    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.
     
  8. pdh

    pdh Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    May 6, 2010
    the shutter is always open on a mirrorless camera (otherwise it would be hard to use the LCD or viewfinder)
    :smile:
     
  9. SRHEdD

    SRHEdD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Feb 24, 2011
    Viera, Florida USA
    Steve
    I just noticed that my D-LUX 5 closes the iris completely on shutdown.
     
  10. deirdre

    deirdre Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Aug 9, 2010
    I solved that problem by downloading a PDF of my manuals and putting them on my iPad. I'm unlikely to misplace that. :)
     
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