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04-02-2011, 02:10 AM   #1
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flare-resistent wide angle lens needed

I have the Sigma miniwide 28mm f2,8 (old version) and love the angle of view, could use a little more sometimes though, but in sunlight it just shows the ugliest flare, and all contrast is lost.

I need more resistance than a hood alone can provide

So I need a cheap (max $100 approx.) wideangle with good flareresistence (like the famed 15 ltd.)

So what would you suggest? and if you have pics to backup your choices, I would be delighted.

some ex of the flare both with and without the sun in the frame both stopped down to f11 or smaller

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My suggestion would've been the DA 18-55, but I see you have one already. Have you tried using a deeper hood on your Sigma?

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If you are willing to look at manual focus, and especially if you already have the adptall, the Tamron 24/2.5 is very flare resistant. Another good one in manual focus is the SMC-A 28/2.8. Probably the Tamron 28 as well.

In autofocus, I don't have a clue!
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Autofocus isn't really important, but being a prime is.

I don't own anything adaptall, but that shouldn't prevent me from the tamron 24, sounds interesting.

What I forgot to mention, is that size matters, so a deep hood would be a little annoying.

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I own an old vivitar 28/2, and have found that flare resistance is quite decent. It's not like the da15, which is darn near flare proof, but it's quite a bit better than the samples you posted in my experience. Only problem with the vivi 28s is that there are many different versions, check out robin parmar's bestiary - I have the A01 version fwiw...
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Yes, those wide Sigma's do tend to flare easily (I have the 24mm, and its only real drawback it flare if you aren't careful). If you want a little wider lens, you'd be looking at the 24mm focal length, and I can't really think of any third party lenses noted for their excellent flare resistance in this FL. I think the Pentax-K 24mm f2.8 is supposed to be pretty good against flare, certainly better than the Sigma equivalent. For a 28mm lens, I can highly recommend the Pentax-M 28mm f3.5--very sharp, contrasty, and quite flare resistant. You can easily get one for under a hundred shipped.
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Thanks macTak, The 28, f3,5 is added to my list
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QuoteOriginally posted by Nesster Quote
SMC-A 28/2.8
This lens flares pretty badly IMHO.

Great lens but I think the kit lens is a better performer as far as flares go.

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04-09-2011, 07:27 AM   #9
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Flare is a problem with my DA 18-55. Trying to find a lens with the flare properties of a DA 15 for under $100 won't be easy. Actually, I don't think there are many lenses at all that handle flare like a DA 15.

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