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06-10-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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Da 12-24 Flare problem? Advice ned

Hello I'm a new 12-24 user and I am very impressed with it so far however I noticed this strange "effect" on some of my pictures-look at the lower right corner. Can this be the result of any technical defect or this is just normal for this lens?Thanks Andras



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Yeah, I'd say typical flaring, appearing in the opposing corner to where the sun is. Be glad for the smc coating on the lens, lest you would have a huge streak of lens flare going from the sun all the way down to that corner oblitering everything in between :-D
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Thanks for the reply now I start to wonder if the Pro1 digital protective filter has anything to do with that?
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QuoteOriginally posted by planedriver Quote
Thanks for the reply now I start to wonder if the Pro1 digital protective filter has anything to do with that?
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Probably not - I've seen the exact same flaring with my old copy of the 12-24. It's actually preferable (IMO) to having the flare separated and spread across many hotspots, or have a diffuse, low contrast image.

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Probably not - I've seen the exact same flaring with my old copy of the 12-24
So what about the new copy?
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QuoteOriginally posted by planedriver Quote
So what about the new copy?
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I used to have a DA 12-24. Right now, I have the Tokina 12-24 f4 in Nikon mount
(same lens, maybe slightly different coatings) and yes, it has that also. It's normal
for that design. Pentax may actually handle flare better than the Tokina, but I don't
have them both to test the same shot.

Here's the Tokina 12-24 f4 on the D90 - note the lower-right corner (as well as the
other hotspots.)


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Thank You again for your reply! So it seems to be that this lens collects all the small "flares" across the picture to a big "flare" in the corner. Ok we have to live with it. Apart from that this is a very very great lens. Wide open sharpness is outstanding. Weird lens hood-already big-but I wonder if a more conservative design would help to reduce this flaring effect.
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QuoteOriginally posted by planedriver Quote
Thank You again for your reply! So it seems to be that this lens collects all the small "flares" across the picture to a big "flare" in the corner. Ok we have to live with it. Apart from that this is a very very great lens. Wide open sharpness is outstanding. Weird lens hood-already big-but I wonder if a more conservative design would help to reduce this flaring effect.
The Pentax 12-24 actually handles flare relatively well for a WA zoom. Not as well as the DA 15ltd, but still pretty good.

It handles flare better than some primes, also, like the Nikon 20 2.8D (below):






DA 12-24 is a very nice lens, don't let the flare bug you too much. That corner-concentration is actually easy to heal out in PP.





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Actually I used the DA16-45 so far-it had flaring issues as well-but most of the time I was able to eliminate it with my hand if the lens hood itslef was not enough.Now with the 12-24 this technique failed so far. Well it seems to be I'm new to the UWA world BTW I'm also impressed by the way the 12-24 handles distortions-this is a huge step forward from the 16-45 (which is a very good lens in it's class).
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My DA 12-24 never showed anything like it, but my nikon 12-24 did- due to a bad UV-Filter.... Maybe thats the solution to your prob too?

I cant think of any way the lens could produce that kinda flare on its own but a defect or a bad filter. Ever happened without it?

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Remove any filters in front of the lens. Reduces the veiling type of flare.
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Yesterday I searched the "pixel-peeper" and I found a picture right on the first page with the similar flare..so I guess it might be the characteristic of this lens.Anyway I will try it without any filter although I definitely like the polarizer on wide angles.

P.S.

I've just tried it without any filter-no change at all-same flare.

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