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    Hi brothers and sisters,

    I took this shot with my 30mm Sigma lens with UV filter on. However, I noticed there was a strange light flare on my shot when I took pictures near Marina Bay Sands.


    (Notice the blue light in the night sky)


    Thinking it was my filter that is causing this I removed it and pictures after that were ok. Am I right that the filter was the cause? Or are there other causes?

    If it is because of my filter is there any way to prevent this other than to remove my filter? Is it because my UV filter is the cheapo type?

    Please help this newbie. Thank you!
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    Quote Originally Posted by natsora View Post
    Hi brothers and sisters,

    I took this shot with my 30mm Sigma lens with UV filter on. However, I noticed there was a strange light flare on my shot when I took pictures near Marina Bay Sands.


    (Notice the blue light in the night sky)


    Thinking it was my filter that is causing this I removed it and pictures after that were ok. Am I right that the filter was the cause? Or are there other causes?

    If it is because of my filter is there any way to prevent this other than to remove my filter? Is it because my UV filter is the cheapo type?

    Please help this newbie. Thank you!
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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Thanks for the quick reply. Ok it is time for shopping again.
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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Actually it's is more advisable not to put any kind of UV filter for night shooting regardless of brands. Lol.

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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Actually it's is more advisable not to put any kind of UV filter for night shooting regardless of brands. Lol.
    Hmmm... then what filter do you use to protect the lens?
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    Quote Originally Posted by crystal1993 View Post
    Actually it's is more advisable not to put any kind of UV filter for night shooting regardless of brands. Lol.
    I unequivocally agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by natsora View Post
    Hmmm... then what filter do you use to protect the lens?
    Other than the lens hood, some don't use any type of protection at all. Daytime you can get away shooting with a UV filter slapped on, but come nighttime, it's a different story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpimp View Post
    Other than the lens hood, some don't use any type of protection at all. Daytime you can get away shooting with a UV filter slapped on, but come nighttime, it's a different story.
    Wow, I learnt something new today. Thanks seniors!
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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Lol UV filter too, but for night shoot just take it off. It's not like a rock can fly and hit your lens so it's ok to leave your lens 'vulnerable' just for that period of time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpimp View Post
    Other than the lens hood, some don't use any type of protection at all. Daytime you can get away shooting with a UV filter slapped on, but come nighttime, it's a different story.
    i don't use any protection.

    *edit* that phrase above sounded so darn wrong.

    cheap filters can cause flaring (sometimes really bad and make the image look blurry as well)

    you can protect the front element. but if you drop your lens hard on the ground, it's still most likely a goner.
    Last edited by kei1309; 29th May 2011 at 02:39 AM.

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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    i don't use any protection.

    *edit* that phrase above sounded so darn wrong.

    cheap filters can cause flaring (sometimes really bad and make the image look blurry as well)

    you can protect the front element. but if you drop your lens hard on the ground, it's still most likely a goner.
    Hah! No protection + your fantastic good looks = Run, girls. For the love of god... RUN!

    Kidding aside, lenses with no filters are susceptible to flares too, so even if you have those expensive ones there's no guarantee it wouldn't cause flaring. Of course, those cheapo ones would make it much much worse without even trying.

    My take on this is I'd get those mid-priced UVs, and if I need flares (I absolutely love daytime flares) I'd leave 'em on, if I don't then I'll take 'em off.

    I used to have 2 sets of filters. One are Hoyas and the other are those really cheap gray ones so that I can amplify the flaring but eventually sold the cheapos off because it became troublesome storing them.

    As for the lens drop part, my kid brother dropped his lens front first. Filter smashed, front element unscathed. YMMV.
    Last edited by digitalpimp; 29th May 2011 at 03:24 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalpimp View Post
    Hah! No protection + your fantastic good looks = Run, girls. For the love of god... RUN!

    Kidding aside, lenses with no filters are susceptible to flares too, so even if you have those expensive ones there's no guarantee it wouldn't cause flaring. Of course, those cheapo ones would make it much much worse without even trying.

    My take on this is I'd get those mid-priced UVs, and if I need flares (I absolutely love daytime flares) I'd leave 'em on, if I don't then I'll take 'em off.

    I used to have 2 sets of filters. One are Hoyas and the other are those really cheap gray ones so that I can amplify the flaring but eventually sold the cheapos off because it became troublesome storing them.
    yup yup. some lenses tend to flare badly even without the filter.

    HAHA. haha. i love flares. not the hard ones, but the soft ones. (no dirty joke intended bro!) and daytime flares especially when shooting cute girls

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    Default Re: Strange flare on night shot

    Quote Originally Posted by kei1309 View Post
    yup yup. some lenses tend to flare badly even without the filter.

    HAHA. haha. i love flares. not the hard ones, but the soft ones. (no dirty joke intended bro!) and daytime flares especially when shooting cute girls

    Bro with you it's ALWAYS dirty hahaha.

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