According to reviews, a new high-end lens I bought controls flare perfectly. But I see a lot of pattern flare and ghosting in the pictures I shoot against the light. Help.
B R Khanna, Hyderabad
Maybe you have a bad copy, maybe the front element of the lens has been inadvertently scratched or smudged. But if that’s not the case, the filter could be the culprit.
UV filters are useful to protect the front element of the lens, but quite often, we end up using an inexpensive filter on a high-end lens. This only hampers quality, and can result in some weird looking flaring and fringing.
This article originally appeared in the October 2014 issue of Better Photography.Tags: filter, flare, ask the expert, lens issues