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 Post subject: Band Lens Flare
PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 9:39 am 
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Hey guys,

Took this photo last night, and many more like it. I've been getting really bad lens flare and I'm not sure why. I typically get it from street lights head on. I don't feel like this photo should be outside the operating range of my camera.

Nikon D200
Tamron 17-55 f/2.8
Citywide UV Filter
Lens Hood

ISO200
F/4.8
8.0 Sec
50mm

Any Advice at all would be great. Thanks.

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Try without the UV filter. I think that's the cause.

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2010 4:50 pm 
Hi Trevor Harris,

I agree with Radu - give it a try without the UV filter.

If you find that the UV filter is the reason, try cleaning the UV filter thoroughly. Grease or moisture can easily cause these types of flares.

I'm not familiar with "citywide" as a brand of UV filters, suggesting that it's discount brand. Poorly constructed UV filters can introduce all sorts of flares in and of themselves. However, that doesn't mean that UV filters are a bad idea - they do protect the front elements of the glass.

So, as an alternative - assuming you confirm that it's the UV filter that is causing it - you owe yourself to try a better UV filter from..say Hoya or Tiffen or B+W. If you can afford it, a thin one.

Good luck!

Cheers :-)


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Yeah, I had a feeling it was the filter. You suggested 3 brands and seem to be indicating that the B&W Is the highest quality. Care to rank all 3?


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 06, 2010 4:59 pm 
Hi Trevor,

Unfortunately, I don't think I can rank the three brands as such. They all make a solid part of their business from filters and I believe they have offerings in different price ranges as well - i.e. not just one per diameter-size.

Generally speaking, the price will tell you how much care has gone into making them.

Did you confirm if it was the filter that was the culprit here, though?

Cheers :-)


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Not yet, but I'll let you know when I do!


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It looks a bit like saggital coma flare. Try shooting at F/11 and see if you have the same problem.

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