I'm seeing conflicting advice in various locations re. the need for a solar filter to photograph the eclipse. I see some posts saying it is essential, and others saying 'don't worry about it, we take pictures with the sun in it all the time.'
So my question is this, assuming a max. reach of 400mm on a crop sensor, can you get a good shot of the eclipse alone w/detail, or would the better approach be to go wider and try for a shot of the eclipse as the background of some interesting foreground? If so, would not a solar filter render all the foreground black? So, do you shoot instead with no filter, or an ND filter?
From what I can tell, unless you have a gargantuan lens or are shooting through a scope or other specialized equipment, you are talking about a relative small sphere, with little detail. Your not going to get a shot like this with 400-500mm, correct? :
With 400mm on a crop sensor, can you get a shot of the eclipse alone with enough detail to be interesting, and in this case, is a solar filter then required? Thanks in advance for your help.