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    Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI - flare prone?

    What is your experience with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI lens, as far as flaring is concerned? Last weekend I shot a roll of SFX, and looking at the negs I noticed an ugly flare in one of the frames. I understand that this could have been avoided by using a lens hood, but does this lens tend to flare easily? As far as I can remember, this is the first time I had flaring with this lens, and the Sun was not even in the frame - just outside of it when I composed the shot (on a F3, which has 100% viewfinder coverage).

    What has been your experience?



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    I guess I've seen this on occasion but I always use a lens hood. I've noticed it more with non-zoom lenses.

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    Mine is quite resistant to objectionable flare, but I do use a lens hood all the time.

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    I never use the lens without a lenshood, so I don't know if the lens is flare prone.
    When I grow up, I want to be a photographer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sanjay Sen View Post
    What is your experience with the Nikon 50mm f/1.4 AI lens, as far as flaring is concerned? Last weekend I shot a roll of SFX, and looking at the negs I noticed an ugly flare in one of the frames. I understand that this could have been avoided by using a lens hood, but does this lens tend to flare easily? As far as I can remember, this is the first time I had flaring with this lens, and the Sun was not even in the frame - just outside of it when I composed the shot (on a F3, which has 100% viewfinder coverage).

    What has been your experience?



    Regards,
    Sanjay
    Alwaus use a lenss hood. THe front element of this lens is large and catches flair quite easily.
    Don Bryant

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    I include the sun in a lot of my photos and am always looking for lenses that can handle it w/o flaring.

    You can actually use DOF preview to check for flare. Any flare you see then will probably appear on your negative. Caveat: its not a sure-fire method. There's additional glass when you use DOF preview: mirror, the split prism on some screens, the prism itself, etc. Also, you can't always see all of it. But I've found this to be helpful in eliminating a lot of flare.
    Nikon FM2n (20/3.5, 28/3.5, 50/1.8, 55/3.5, 135/2.8), Pentax 645n (55/2.8), 3rd Eye Cameraworks 6x18 (on its way)

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    I'm using UV filter - it may avoid a bit.

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    Shooting into early afternoon sun at f/11 in Ames, Iowa.

    I never found it that bad.
    No idea what's going to happen next, but I'm hoping it involves being wrist deep in chemicals come the weekend.

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    A UV filter will make it worse. You have two more air-to-glass surfaces to create flare.
    Jim MacKenzie - Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stephanie Brim View Post


    Shooting into early afternoon sun at f/11 in Ames, Iowa.

    I never found it that bad.
    Not that much flare in your photo, unless you stay looking details or looking for flare you don't notice that easily.
    Maybe in color It's seen clearly, since most flare has got that green/magenta color.
    Just use a lens hood, not only diminishes flare; If It's a good one, It will protect the lens.

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