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08-25-2018, 05:36 PM - 2 Likes   #1
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Lens flare of DA*55 Vs FA50 macro

I post questions about the DA*55 here, thank you a lot for all the answer and Yesterday I buy and go out to test the 55.

I replace FA50 macro with the *55 and overall, I love image taken using both lenses. I need a WR lens, that why I get the *55. It is also a bit faster, that is a bonus.

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55's lens flare is somewhat surprised me the most. On the flare resistance concern, I expect *55 to beat the old 50 macros to dead. Maybe I expect too much.
However, I think it is a lot easier to fix the flare on 55 but it is so many of them!
The old FA50 macro is a lot harder to fix when viewing at the pixel level.

I will use this lens to take a photo in high contrast night scene and pointing camera at very strong spotlight like what seen in the sample image below very often, so feel free to leave comments, tips, and technic to avoid flare. So far, my only technic is to find a better angle.



I also have a bit of trouble trying to use *55 on live view, manual focus at infinity
However, its autofocus is not that bad. I see people talk about this lens's slow autofocus but I find it is a lot better than I expect.


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08-25-2018, 06:32 PM   #2
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watching this thread, as I'm in the market for a DA*55 also....
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That is a bit surprising. The DA*55 does have an extra element and bigger amount of glass area but then, as you say, it has more modern coatings.

This sort of shot does show up fare nicely. I wonder how the DFA*50 f1.4 will fare / flare in this scenario!
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The review here mentions flare.

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Beautiful blue-hour/night scenes. Did you use the generously-sized dedicated hood that comes with the DA*55? Otherwise, you might have been able to shield the lens a little with your hand, perhaps?
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Beautiful blue-hour/night scenes. Did you use the generously-sized dedicated hood that comes with the DA*55? Otherwise, you might have been able to shield the lens a little with your hand, perhaps?
Thank you, and yes, I did use the dedicated hood.
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Are you using a filter in front of the lens? That can cause highlight mirroring.

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Are you using a filter in front of the lens? That can cause highlight mirroring.
Nope, no filter.

The lens has (a kind of) infinity focus problem.
I will get a replacement and test at the same location / lighting again. I will update this post if i can find a different.

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That's an interesting comparison. Thanks for posting.

In my experience a faster lens will be more prone to flare, ceteris paribus. The coatings are not all that much better on the 55, so I would expect the 50 macro to have better flare performance in a situation like this. If you are going to shoot scenes with bright lights at f/8 or f/11 in most cases you will be better off with a slower lens (assuming that it's a good lens, which certainly is the case with the FA macro). The DA*55, on the other hand, would have a big advantage at f/1.8-f/2.8. :-)

Sometimes it's better to have less glass between the image and the sensor.

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My 55 does flare when shooting straight into the sun, but no usually so much when shooting night time scenes.





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