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07-12-2012, 05:26 AM   #16
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DA* 16-50 has a reputation for flare, particularly if you leave the hood off. Too expensive for you?

I'm interested to know: why do you want to provoke what is generally considered an undesirable artefact? It's a bit like seeking out a lens with really bad chromatic aberration or field curvature: "Damn that's too contrasty! Give me flare!".

A cheap way to get the effect is to buy a load of really old, rubbish filters until you find something that gives you just the effect you're looking for. Stack them for preference and maybe you'll get some really obnoxious vignetting too! Cokin still market some really dire ones (I particularly like the one that puts a cheesy rainbow in every shot) that may well give you flaring too.

Just a thought: would a piece of plain glass held in front of the lens do the trick?

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Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5 flares REALLY bad. As a rule of thumb, look for single-coated optics (Super and Auto Takumars, Russian stuff, etc). The optical formula also influences the quantity of flare, but that is a bit too complicated to look after.

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DA* 16-50 has a reputation for flare, particularly if you leave the hood off. Too expensive for you?
Oh, come on, how bad can a 2000s lens with latest SMC flare?
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I'm looking for something like this effect:

07-12-2012, 09:15 AM   #19
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The lens that I used that had the worst flare was the FA J 28-80 lens. It is really cheap too. If it doesn't flare enough for you, you could always stick a cheap, uncoated filter on the front. That is guaranteed to make even one of the limiteds flare.

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Get a lens with oily blades (visible oil). They create starbursts around lights when stopped down. Or just get a starburst filter if that's what you're looking for. Any lens will flare if you point it at the sun like the above.
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My Samsung Galaxy Note camera flares pretty good as well..
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get any store brand UV filter. Honestly, I found blacks and henry's the worst, closely followed by canon and nikon, Hoya are not bad but the one that produces the least flare is an SMC pentax filter.
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Sigma 24-60mm f/2.8, with hood, no filters or any such nonsense.

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lensbaby with the plastic optic. Don't get me wrong, I love my lensbaby, but that plastic optic makes things a hot mess. all the bells and whistles of shooting a holga on a digital camera. good stuff.
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Sigma Super-Wide 24mm f2.8
07-13-2012, 01:41 AM   #26
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Helios 44 and most russian lenses lose contrast and flare pretty bad (or good ..)
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Pretty sure that effect comes from a filter
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I've used both of these zooms:

-Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 EX DG MACRO (older version, non-HSM)

-Sigma 20-40mm f2.8 EX DG (harder to find)

both have a HUGE 82mm front element and are very prone to flare.
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Hah, I actually was looking to buy one of those to replace my Tokina 28-75 f2.8 (which has FF problems), but they've dried up, I can't find one on ebay or anywhere else.

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