GEAR WORTH 20000 $ DESTROYED IN SOLAR ECLIPSE

GEAR WORTH 20000 $ DESTROYED IN SOLAR ECLIPSE

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Canon C300 Mark II with a Damaged Built in ND Filter

The recent Solar Eclipse in the USA, no doubt gave us many stunning pictures but it came for the cost of high-end & expensive photography gears that were destroyed while shooting the solar event. Lens Rentals has reported that despite numerous warnings sent out to renters, a number of cameras and lenses still came back damaged and destroyed.

Here are a few photos of the damaged high-end photography gear

Burnt Shutter and sensor of Canon 7D Mark II.

Camera Damage Solar Eclipse

Burn damage through the shutter system of the camera.

This Nikon D500 got its mirror melted:

The aperture blade of the $11,499 Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II lens got destroyed in the sun

Solar Eclipse Damaged Lens

From the outside, this 600mm looks fine. But quick inspection shows the aperture system is destroyed thanks to the eclipse.

Solar Eclipse Iris Damage

Another angle of the damaged iris of the Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM

Solar Eclipse Damage to Camera

A partially disassembled image of the Canon 600mm from above.

Iris Damage of a Canon 600mm f/4L IS II USM

Panasonic 20mm f1.7

Camera Lens broken from eclipse

Built-in ND filter of Canon C300 Mark II got damaged

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Canon C300 Mark II with a Damaged Built in ND Filter

 

All in all, we assume that gear worth $20000 has been destroyed while shooting the event. The next big Solar Eclipse is scheduled in 2024 and we hope this will serve as a warning to those who are already preparing to shoot.


Image credits: All photographs courtesy of LensRentals