Need for lens filter during eclipse a myth?

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RoyAmatore
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Need for lens filter during eclipse a myth?

Well, I procrastinated and can't find any available solar filters. I looked into the subject and I find that many don't see the need for a filter. I have a few questions.

1. Is the intensity of the sun's rays greater in an eclipse than it is normally?

2. Don't the shutter and aperture control the intensity of the light hitting the sensor, so as to prevent too intense rays from hitting the sensor?

3. Is the warnings about sunlight only for telephoto focal lengths, because I have plenty of sunburst landscape shots and my sensor is fine.

4. Should live view be avoided because of the increased exposure to the sensor?
I'm driving from Chicago tomorrow. I don't have any filters, other than maybe a friend's square 10 stop that I can hold in front of my 200-500mm lens. But wouldn't F32 and a 4000/sec be enough for this?

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