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04-09-2012, 09:03 PM   #1
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What are these purple spots

The lens I used for this shot was a tamron 70-300mm which I used on my K-r all the time. Are these purple spots the lens or the camera, and it's on a lot of my photos now? And why does this happen on the K-5 but i've never seen this happen to me in 2 years using the k-r?

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04-09-2012, 09:20 PM   #2
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Those are specular highlights. See the outline of the iris diaphragm blades on the one to the left? The purple color might be longitudinal chromatic aberration (LoCA) or it may be what is called Purple Fringing (PF). PF is a semi-mythical phenomenon that seems to be the result of an interaction between certain lenses and some digital sensors. It was very prevalent in the early days of digital to the extent that every good camera review included a section on resistance to PF. Film will show CA, but PF is completely absent. Either way, the best way to deal with it is in PP. Many tools include features to minimize fringing or remove CA.

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Thanks for the very fast reply. It just seems strange to me that this never showed up k-r. Oh and a slight correction...I only had my k-r for 1 year not 2!
04-09-2012, 09:38 PM   #4
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That Tamron has a reputation for having horrible CA problems, so it's not surprising at all that it shows up in a shot like this. It's more surprising that you haven't noticed it sooner. If you review some of your older shots and look for high contrast areas that are slightly out of focus (tree branches bring the issue out especially easily), you'll likely find some signs of it.

It's not too hard to fix in post processing. There are a few ways to go about it, a quick search will turn up all you need.


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