An amazing video ha surfaced showing a photographer demonstrating what would happen if you try and shoot the solar eclipse without a proper filter for your camera. They hooked up a DSLR body to a Canon 400mm f/2.8 IS II lens, and set shutter to six seconds. In that time, the light began to melt the camera’s innards. AMAZING!
The takeaway here is that if you’re going to try and get a good shot of the eclipse, use a solar filter. If you’re not planning on photographing the event, you should still get some certified solar glasses for your eyes. If you didn’t manage to get your hands on a pair, you can always make a pinhole projector.