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    just curious? seen some flare in my pictures even with the hood on. I am wondering if it is caused the the cheap hoya UV filter.

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    I think so, yes! cheap filters flare more,
    Best to have no filter.
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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Even expensive filters may cause flare in certain conditions.

    But... I rather have to take extra care and position myself to avoid flaring rather than not have a filter at all and risk damaging/smudging/etc my front element (even more so if it's an expensive piece of glass!)

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Flare due to the sunlight shining into the lens. Just use your hands to shield abit to reduce the glare.
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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Yes, any filter will cause more flare as you are introducing another air/glass surface - as adam mentioned best to have no filter - as even expsensive multi-coated filters can produce a little flare (a really bad cheap filter will produce even more)

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    Flare is not the only problem... loss of contrast too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wind30 View Post
    just curious? seen some flare in my pictures even with the hood on. I am wondering if it is caused the the cheap hoya UV filter.
    It will be worse if it's uncoated.

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Quote Originally Posted by blive View Post
    Flare due to the sunlight shining into the lens. Just use your hands to shield abit to reduce the glare.
    heheh sometime that will not work as it will mean you capturing a part of our hand in the picture. heheh Flares are worst when you have the strong light source or sun is within your picture's frame. Using of hand works well only when it runs parallel to the lens front lens but just out of the picture's focal length.

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Quote Originally Posted by Yatlapball View Post
    Even expensive filters may cause flare in certain conditions.

    But... I rather have to take extra care and position myself to avoid flaring rather than not have a filter at all and risk damaging/smudging/etc my front element (even more so if it's an expensive piece of glass!)
    I agree strongly with your comments. Some time the best solution is the simplest (and cheapest) Learn how flares come about with lens, learn how each of your lens react to strong light source or sun to cause those flare. Then use that knowledge to avoid them if you can.

    Besides, if a shot that has flare and low contrast as part of the picture.....would it not be a waste of time to be shooting that shot from that angle? With your digital camera you can preview it to judge if you should change angle or just stop shooting further from that position. Unless that is part of your creative rationale to put the flare artifact in there as part of the picture's story?

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    If you want to avoid lens flare, just put strong light source (ie.: sun) behind you. This one you can use cheap uncoated filter without flare.

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    i did a test and super cheapo fiters do cause flares me using a $10 UV filter...


    with filter


    without

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    i did a test and super cheapo fiters do cause flares me using a $10 UV filter...


    with filter


    without
    Hi noob117,

    not a very good comparison, unfortunately.

    Should have done a shot with a cheepo UV filter vs a shot with an expensive UV filter.

    The 1st shot had an additional air/glass barrier disadvantage whcih the 2nd shot did not have.


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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    icic
    i think like wise too.
    can anyone suggest some good high quality UV filters?
    Last edited by noob117; 7th January 2007 at 10:00 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    icic
    i think like wise too.
    can anyone suggest some good high quality UV filters?
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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    ok thks i'll check them out.

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Quote Originally Posted by noob117 View Post
    icic
    i think like wise too.
    can anyone suggest some good high quality UV filters?
    Marumi DHG Lens Protect. The thinnest filter I have ever seen. The closer the filter is to the lens element, the less chance of any flare.

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    Default Re: can cheap UV filters cause lens flare?

    Quote Originally Posted by David Chin View Post
    Marumi DHG Lens Protect. The thinnest filter I have ever seen. The closer the filter is to the lens element, the less chance of any flare.
    Are you sure about "the closer the filter is to the lens element, the less chance of any flare"?

    IMHO, it is about the quality of the coating, multi coating or single coating, coating on both side or only one side. Also, cleanest of the filter will affect the flare.

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