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12-14-2008, 04:57 PM   #1
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There is some flair in this picture. Something to worry about?

12-14-2008, 05:34 PM   #2
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I don't think theres much you can do about it when shooting directly at a light source. It looks much better than my sigma 24-70. When that thing flare's just the whole picture looks washed out
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Yeah, I would probably throw the lens out if it's behaving that badly. It belongs right in the waste bin!



Of course I'm kidding, just go out and shoot with it
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QuoteOriginally posted by wallyb Quote
Yeah, I would probably throw the lens out if it's behaving that badly. It belongs right in the waste bin!



Of course I'm kidding, just go out and shoot with it
Actually, I'll take it.

12-14-2008, 05:41 PM   #5
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Definitely a defective lens. You should send it to me so I can check it out for you.
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What a great forum this is...

Wow, it is always amazing to see how friendly and helpful this forum is. So far a hundred per cent of the posters (including me) is willing to check this lens out.... fix it, buy it... If I would have been afraid to be stuck with it, I am no more!

Thanks guys!?

12-15-2008, 12:32 AM   #7
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QuoteOriginally posted by Syb Quote
Wow, it is always amazing to see how friendly and helpful this forum is. So far a hundred per cent of the posters (including me) is willing to check this lens out.... fix it, buy it... If I would have been afraid to be stuck with it, I am no more!

Thanks guys!?

Haha, yes I am completely new to photography and in college with no money and no lenses except for the kit one, so I'd also be glad to take a look and figure out the "problem"!
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Hey Syb,

you will get this behaviour typically at night with bright spotlights.

Just like kthung said, a bad flare-lens will do the 'wash-out' 'milky-haze-all-over-the picture' thing. I'd rather call this behaviour straylight prone. Yours doesn't, it actually looks quite flare resistant.

Then, you have total and partial lens reflexions (like yours) and ghosting (when you would see the bright lamp spot symmetrically reflected onto the other side of the pic). Reflections like yours can not be elmininated completely, so you can provoke this behaviour in any lens. I see your pic has been taken with f/2.8. The reflections might go away when stopping down, and increase with filters put on. AFAIR the reflections will always come on an axis from the light source, through the lens center onto the other side of the pic. Note that on cropped pics you can not tell were the original center was.


Provoked lens reflection from Revuenon/Cosina 55/1.2 on K100D f/1.2(?)



The spindle: Contax Planar 1.7/50 + polarizer on K100D f/8(?)

Good reads:
The Wiki lensflare page
UFO pics :-)

All the best,
Georg (the ghostbuster)


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12-15-2008, 03:22 AM   #9
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@georgweb:
So I understand this provoked flare pic of yours is a crop?
Or has this person - although out of sight in normal view - sneaked in with the flare?

My car mirror does the same flare thing, btw. (I sometimes see ghost cars in it. All of a sudden they can become real. So now I believe in ghosts.)
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Syb,
no, the guy was really there on the lamp post.

The flare does not mean you could not see anything else behind it.

It is no crop, just looked it up. See the bright spot from the lamp center and the bright spot on the other side, same place on an axis through the center.

Georg (the other)
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Wow, that spindl shot is great as well...
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Somehow the man who does the light reminds me of Obama. Maybe I'm just Obama-minded these days.
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That glare is not too bad at all. I know some people really love to incorporate glare into their images. That lens copes with the light source not too badly. Better than other * lenses
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Did you notice that on Flickr there is a group on "first series with new lenses?" In which, new, of course means: new to the owner. So doesn't matter if the lens is second- third- tenth hand, if it is new to you, it is great.

I started the group there, because I was curious to see what people shoot to test their equipment. Clearly the testing is more important than the subject then. Sometimes...

Here is the link...
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