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12-20-2015, 09:48 AM   #16
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You can get also star-burst filters to go on the front of your lens. Even better, there are "diffractor" filters that give rainbow starbursts: https://www.vanbar.com.au/catalogue/product.php?id=45948. These have the bonus of being awesomely named, like "galaxy" or "andromeda" or the hoya "pulsator". It's worth looking in those discount filter bins from the 70's if you want to make truly awe-inspiring photos.

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Thanks Brian! Can't say I like that rainbow effect. A "regular" starburst might work though.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Adam Quote
The SMC 15mm F4 Limited (not the HD version) is well-known for this. Other wide lenses with straight aperture blades should also be capable of the effect. I've also gotten nice results with the Samyang 10mm F2.8.
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yeah i think the smc 15 f4 is the winner for starbursts.

here's a pretty good starburst example



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The Sigma 10-20/4-5.6 gives me starbursts when stopped down.
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smc DA 15 f4 LTD

The starbursts do tend to pop with this lens.

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Carol I have the SMC 21 limited it does a nice job. As Steve said the DA*16-50 can give you some nice star burst too. I have even got some decent star bursts from my 10-17 fisheye but they are only 5 sided.
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The DA15 and DA21 are great at 14-pointers. I also like the 18-pointer from the FA31

some DA15 love (circa 2011)

Marin Sunset

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another from the DA15

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I really, really like the star on the 15!!!

I appreciate all of you taking the time to post some images so I can get an idea of which I'd like best!
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starbursts are possible with run-of-the-mill zooms, too...

DA 18-135mm:



DA 10-17mm fisheye:



DA 18-250mm:



Sigma 70-300mm:

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Thanks for showing what other lenses can do with the star pattern. The 18-135 surprises me! So far, I like the "burst" of the 15 best!
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Any lens will do - just Photoshop them in ....


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I just have Elements, and am not too savy working with layers, etc. I'd rather just have a lens that has this capability.
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Almost any lens can make starbursts, but I know of none that are as resistant to flares as the DA15 is.

I believe this is the worst flare I have managed to get from it, with the sun near the edge:



Not at all a problem with the light source nearer the middle of the frame.

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That is truly awesome; the second one is spectacular!
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