Flare Issues

 

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.

Inexpensive filters not only cause flare, they also reduce the amount of detail that your lens can resolve. You would rather invest in a filter of a good brand like Hoya or Schneider.

Inexpensive filters not only cause flare, they also reduce the amount of detail that your lens can resolve. You would rather invest in a filter of a good brand like Hoya or Schneider.

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.

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