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Canon 5D Mark II Has Sensor Destroyed by Concert Lasers

Here’s yet another painful-to-watch example of what the powerful lasers used at concerts can do to your camera’s sensor. This poor soul brought their Canon 5D Mark II to capture some footage, and left with the camera having a new feature: white “framing lines”! Too bad they can’t be turned off…

Unlike gamma rays when sitting in an airplane, concert lasers are definitely something you need to protect your camera from.

(via ALTFoto)


 
  • http://www.arttyIV.com arttyIV

    Oh wow… I had no idea. That could have been me. I feel bad for that 5D.

  • http://www.arttyIV.com arttyIV

    Oh wow… I had no idea. That could have been me. I feel bad for that 5D.

  • http://twitter.com/21TonGiant Aaron Stidwell

    Oh man that SUCKS!

  • http://twitter.com/21TonGiant Aaron Stidwell

    Oh man that SUCKS!

  • http://whipartist.livejournal.com/ PB

    These things can’t be all that good for human optics either.

  • http://whipartist.livejournal.com/ PB

    These things can’t be all that good for human optics either.

  • Jorge

    Really? Someone had the nerve to bring a 5D to capture this shit? This is photographer karma. 

  • Jorge

    Really? Someone had the nerve to bring a 5D to capture this shit? This is photographer karma. 

  • Pete Harper

    Surely they’re not allowed to have lasers pointing down to the audience like that, in case it goes in someone’s eyes…?!

    When I’ve seen concerts with lasers they seem to be pre-programmed not to go below the heads of the back row, which in some arenas can be pretty high!

  • http://profiles.google.com/slimspidey Spider- Man

    Must be Gamma lasers!

  • Anonymous

    I lol’d when it got hit the second time. Obviously the owner didn’t even notice the damage

  • http://www.facebook.com/greenpictures Maarten in ‘t Groen

    Jorge>

    That’s about all I do with my 5D2 and 7D but I never had any problems, not with my current cams, or with the cameras (350D/5D/50D) I am using on festivals and in clubs since 2007.

    To my knowledge, canon replaces the sensor under warranty.

  • Junior

    Sucks! I don’t work with lasers, but common sense to me would be NOT to aim a digital camera directly at one. I’ll wont worry since you wouldn’t find me at a rave, nightclub with Canon MarkII

  • http://www.facebook.com/happytinfoilcat HappyTinfoil Cat

    It looks like you need filters for shooting argon lasers. Better order a set of safety glasses while you’re at it. I wonder if the guy on the stage with the Canon XL knows what filters work best.

  • http://www.purveyorofdifferent.com Scott M

    I wonder if this applies to any of the DJ rigs at wedding receptions!!??

  • Max

    That blows…just about as much as the show!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PQ54IG5P6I73FWHYGC4LVDZQYI Michael

    Kinda makes you wonder what damage they would do to your eyes….

  • Anonymous

    Lasers like these will damage human eyes. In most countries (the only exception I’ve heard of is Russia) they have laws that dictate that the lasers remain above the audience during the show. For outdoor shows, the band actually has to contact the FAA to tell them where the show will be so that the lasers don’t affect air traffic.

  • Anonymous

    Lasers like these will damage human eyes. In most countries (the only exception I’ve heard of is Russia) they have laws that dictate that the lasers remain above the audience during the show. For outdoor shows, the band actually has to contact the FAA to tell them where the show will be so that the lasers don’t affect air traffic.

  • http://twitter.com/5D2Team 5D Makr II Team

    Yes, concert lasers can destroy the sensor.

    It was already showed in many testimonials at many sites (including one video of a Google street show in Spain) long ago.

    Besides being dangerous to the camera, it can also be VERY dangerous for the people if the laser is not controlled by proper and qualified people (some use too much power, and even worse: aim the beam to the audience which can cause eyes injury, like it happened in many sad situations)

    Be VERY carefull.

  • http://twitter.com/5D2Team 5D Makr II Team

    Very weird, the system posted our comment using our old Twitter ID and logo (even when logged with our current ID)!

    We renamed it to @HDCamTeam:twitter many months ago.

    Cheers

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    This is one of the Videos we mentioned above.

    “How to break your 5D in a second” : http://vimeo.com/13450755

    By the way, this may apply to all other Canon DSLR cameras (maybe Nikon and other DSLRs as well)

    Regards,

    HD Cam Team

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    This is one of the Videos we mentioned above.

    “How to break your 5D in a second” : http://vimeo.com/13450755

    By the way, this may apply to all other Canon DSLR cameras (maybe Nikon and other DSLRs as well)

    Regards,

    HD Cam Team

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    This is one of the Videos we mentioned above.

    “How to break your 5D in a second” : http://vimeo.com/13450755

    By the way, this may apply to all other Canon DSLR cameras (maybe Nikon and other DSLRs as well)

    Regards,

    HD Cam Team

  • http://www.casagli.com Alessandro Casagli

    good for him. respect the camera.

  • Jason E

    so are there any specific resources that address how to protect against this?

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Wow, I have just got into concert photography, and am photographing some big artists on their tours over the course of the next few months. I had absolutely no idea this could happen. I photographed The Flaming Lips last week and they had one of the best laser shows I had ever seen. Luckily my pictures all came out well and my camera is fine, but ill certainly bare this in mind in future. 

  • http://facebook.com/swiftmed Andrew MacDonald

    Wow, I have just got into concert photography, and am photographing some big artists on their tours over the course of the next few months. I had absolutely no idea this could happen. I photographed The Flaming Lips last week and they had one of the best laser shows I had ever seen. Luckily my pictures all came out well and my camera is fine, but ill certainly bare this in mind in future. 

  • Paul

    idiotic responce.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    I realize this is video, but what would happen during a long exposure on film?

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    I realize this is video, but what would happen during a long exposure on film?

  • Ben

    Yes. The sensor is exposed.

  • Yellowfever

    Thank god it was just a canon!

  • http://twitter.com/headnthecl3ouds Aleisha Fisher

    My god you would be so gutted !

  • http://twitter.com/headnthecl3ouds Aleisha Fisher

    My god you would be so gutted !

  • http://twitter.com/headnthecl3ouds Aleisha Fisher

    I literally cringed every time I saw the lasers coming … ouch !

  • http://twitter.com/headnthecl3ouds Aleisha Fisher

    I literally cringed every time I saw the lasers coming … ouch !

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    It can also happen to other CMOS and CCD cameras as well.

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    It can also happen to other CMOS and CCD cameras as well.

  • http://www.hdcamteam.com HD Cam Team

    We collected some additional cases (there are lot more) and information about Lasers Safety. We think it’s worth mentioning and sharing.

    CMOS & CCD sensor cameras can be damaged by LASER.

    http://www.hdcamteam.com/2011/07/10/report-cmos-ccd-cameras-damaged-by-laser/

    Regards.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mario.groleau Mario Groleau

    Have you thinked what is happening to your eyes!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dustin-Engelskind/1222820824 Dustin Engelskind

    As far as I know it’s actually illegal to point lasers into the crowd. At least here in the US. Though, I’ve seen it done many times at underground events.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469663692 Jason Heilig

    Unless you manage to take expose the sensor at the exact time the laser enters your lens, you’ll be fine. It’s an issue with video because the sensor is always exposed, the shutter is fixed open. The odds of that laser hitting that sweet spot at 1/125th or above… not so high. At least anecdotally, I’ve never heard of it happening to anyone I know,in 6 years of shooting concerts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1469663692 Jason Heilig

    Pointing a laser at any type of aircraft is illegal, and incredibly stupid. In certain states pointing them at law enforcement officers is a crime. It’s not illegal to point them at people though, at least not in any way I’ve seen.

    As far as the power of the lasers for sale, it’s entirely industry regulated.

  • B T

    I doubt film would be damaged!

  • Edohdpro

    So How do you protect against it, if you make your living filming events?? what is the glass that can protect my sensor? polarized glass? or will that drop the light a few stops??

  • http://twitter.com/Jack_Y_Zhang Jack Zhang

    This happened to my Canon HV30 too. Though there’s only 3 individual dark pixels compared to ROWS of dead pixels on this MKII.

  • http://twitter.com/whitehotphoenix White Hot Phoenix

    haha would be funny if it burned a hole through the film.