We shouldn’t need to tell you the reasons to not stare directly at a Solar Eclipse. If you did, you likely wouldn’t be reading this right now. As you might expect, camera sensors and delicate lenses aren’t safe, either.

In a series of gorgeous—yet slightly sad—shots, Tennessee-based camera lens rental shop LensRentals shares a number of damaged loaner lenses returned after the most recent Solar Eclipse:

“The most common problem we’ve encountered with damage done by the eclipse was sensors being destroyed by the heat,” writes Zach Sutton on the LensRentals blog. “But not everyone follows the rules, and as a result, we have quite a few destroyed sensors. To my personal surprise, this damage was far more visually apparent than I even expected, and the photos really make it visible.”

This being the first Solar Eclipse reaching totality throughout a large swath of the United States since 1979, you could say that this was to be expected. Still, let this be a friendly reminder to always wear Solar Eclipse glasses—and apply a solar filter to your camera lens in 2024.

“Overall, we were really impressed with how few pieces of gear we got back damaged,” adds Sutton. “And of the things returned, we were equally impressed with our customer-base, and their guilt and owning up to the damage.”

Read the full rundown over at LensRentals.


Simon is a Brooklyn-based industrial designer and Managing Editor of EVD Media. When he finds the time to design, his focus is on helping startups develop branding and design solutions to realize their product design vision. In addition to his work at Nike and various other clients, he is the main reason anything gets done at EvD Media. He once wrestled an Alaskan alligator buzzard to the ground with his bare hands… to rescue Josh.