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12-30-2010, 10:28 AM   #1
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Lens flare wanted

This may seem like an odd request but can anyone recommend lenses I can use on my K-r that will tend to produce lens flare and other artefacts.



12-30-2010, 10:35 AM   #2
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Not sure which lenses are more prone to flares than others but if you shoot in direct sunlight without a hood you can produce flares with most any lens. Controlling the flare, I think would be the tricky part.
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My S-Tak 105 is horrible for flare.

Which you seem to considerable wonderful.

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Yup, my old Takumar 135mm bayonnet flares like crazy when shooting almost into the sun It's not super tak, no SMC and they included a built in pull out hood for a reason!


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This may give you some ideas.

12-30-2010, 11:37 AM   #6
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Avoid SMC coated lenses. Older lenses are better, at least 15 years old. Lenses with a lot of elements work well, like a zoom or a fast wide-angle prime. My 28mm fast Vivitar and Sigma primes are pretty good at flare. Wider angles are also good for composing, since you can have the flare and the subject separate.
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Most older film lenses produce a good amount of flare compared to the modern counterparts.

My little flare machine is the A 28mm/2.8, even with the SMC coatings. Without a hood it's got a very vintage look to it.

My takumar bayonet 80-200 flares much more, but it's too much... it stops being fashionable and becomes an image ruiner.
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I imagine offhand that you may want a wider lens to play with flare. May I suggest the Sigma Ultra-Wide II 24mm f2.8--that lens can easily be induced to provide flare--and is a sharp and excellent lens worth owning regardless.

While I've never gotten extreme flare from the DA18-55, that lens can indeed produce some flare, and you may already have it.

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buy one of the cheap non smc-takumar bayonet lenses on flea-bay! and shoot 45 degr. in the sun..... effect guaranteed!
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the DA17-70 mm is the most flarey of the lens I have.
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Thanks to you all for the suggestions. If the sun ever shines again in London I'll pop an old lens on and have a go.
01-03-2011, 06:01 AM   #12
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Yeah, old, cheap, lot of elements and not coated are what you are looking for!
01-03-2011, 06:13 AM   #13
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you need to describe more of what you are looking for.

double images and ghosting can easily be achieved withany lens by adding a really cheap skylight filter in front.

big low contrast donuts can be achieved by having a lens with a shiny surface behind the rear element (like a lens retaining ring that is not flat black.

as mentioned older lenses have coarings that perform worse than newer lenses, but even takumars are actually pretty good at shooting into lights. My biggest issue is cheap filters.
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the FA50 flares like crazy too...old film lens...
The bad part is you lose contrast but you can add it back in post...
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the zenitar 16mm fisheye

Definitely the flariest (is that a word?) lens I own

Note that this is w/o a filter!

NaCl(it's a fun lens, but usually not anywhere within 50 degrees of the sun)H2O

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