Solar Eclipse

Coming to North America October 14, 2023

Pointing your camera at the sun can be incredibly dangerous for your camera. The bright, pointed light from the sun focused through your camera lens can burn a hole straight through your shutter blades. So what do you do if you want to document something like the upcoming solar eclipse?

Kolari Vision ND Filter

Is there a way to
do it without
sacrificing your

The answer is YES!

By using a high-strength ND filter, you can safely photograph the sun without damaging your camera.

The sun is about 15 stops brighter than everything else, so you will need at least a 15-stop ND filter for solar imaging. But be careful many ND filters don’t cover the infrared spectrum, so your camera might not be fully protected.

Our Kolari Pro ND filters are optically engineered to be the most neutral filters in both the visible and infrared light spectrums. Our 15 and 20-stop ND filters are rated safe for solar imaging.


DO NOT look through the optical viewfinder when pointing your camera at the sun, even when using an ND filter, and DO NOT look directly at the sun through an ND filter. These filters are not rated for your eyes, so you will burn your eyes! However, it is perfectly safe to use live view.
Without a filter, pointing your lens directly at the sun can burn your shutter in 30 seconds or less. Using one of our 15-stop Pro ND filters, it would take a 100+ day exposure to see the same amount of damage; a 20-stop would take a year-long exposure.

If you’re planning on viewing and documenting the solar eclipse this October, be sure to get yourself a 15 or 20-stop Kolari Pro ND filter to save your camera.

Exposure Time ND Filter in Stops New Exposure Time
1 second 1 2 seconds
1 second 2 4 seconds
1 second 3 8 seconds
1 second 4 16 seconds
1 second 5 32 seconds
1 second 6 64 seconds
1 second 7 128 seconds
1 second 8 256 seconds
1 second 9 512 seconds
1 second 10 1024 seconds (17 minutes)
1 second 15 32,768 seconds (9 hours)
1 second 20 1,048,576 seconds (291 hours)
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