Eye damage from sun in viewfinder accidentally?
Daniel Lee Taylor wrote:
I just want to make sure readers understand the dangers involved. It's a legitimate issue for photographers who often shoot sun rises and sunsets.
And I would agree.
Readers should note, however, that posts should be read in relation to the context of the threads they appear in, which in this case was a brief glance at the sun through a 24mm lens. Under the conditions described it's simply impossible for the OP to have suffered any eye damage, which was the point I was trying to make.
Daniel Lee Taylor wrote:
If you're not serious and were just hoping to attack the Berghof's beliefs, quit. I'm sure the forum doesn't need that BS any more than it needs someone attacking a person who makes the comment "evolution by natural selection made your eye resiliant."
Actually Mr Berghof, who invoked "the creator", was seriously off topic and distorting discussion of the problem originally put forward. No intelligent discussion is advanced by this kind of "BS" as you put it. That was my point. Religious dogma does nothing to explain natural phenomena and, in a case where actual damage can occur, it would be foolish and dangerous to trust to "the creator" to keep you safe. Let's stick to what we know or can reasonably assume.
I'm not trying to be rude but what are you doing even asking this question if you have serious concern for your eyesight? Yes sunlight focused into your eyes CAN cause damage. It probably hasn't but we're not doctors and this isn't an exam room. Good idea to check your eyesight from time to time anyway. Find someone you trust and if you do get a diagnosis that you didn't think likely make sure to get another opinion.
So how do people take pictures of sunrises and sunsets without damaging their equipment or eyes?
They don't use 1500mm telescopes as a lens
Wide angle, LiveView, wear sunglasses...when the sun is really low it's pretty safe because there's so much atmosphere between you and it, but that's no reason to be stupid. Common sense works well here.
Thanks so much everyone for the continued discussion while I have been away. The experiences of those who have replied are exactly what I was looking for, especially since what I did must happen to other people from time to time. I would definitely have seen the optometrist had there been any symptoms.
So I shouldn't worry either?... I went out tonight arount 9pm to play around with my sigma 120-400, hoping to get some shots of fishing herons near where I live. All i got was ducks, and then just for the heck of it took three shots of the setting sun through the foliage in some oaks, but afterwards I started wondering whether I was stupid looking through the viewfinder doing this (?). I took the photos at 120mm, f8. Would I notice it right away if I've done anyting stupid?
It's quite likely you've received some minor damage. Thankfully the eye is quite good at recovering and anyway the brain remaps damaged cells, so even if some aren't working you won't be able to tell the difference. Of course it's better not to have this happening often, as you might end up blind of one eye as the sailors from the past.
So, nothing to worry about, unless you make a habit of it.