Filter for lens flare


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Mar 10, 2012
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I am in the canon 10-20 or tokina 11-16 decision stage and wondered if a specific filter could be used on the tokina 11-16 to compensate for its tendency of lens flare. A subject I photograph often is no flash, night or low light scenes with low voltage string type lights or tiki patio lamps etc.
With existing lens I get ghosting and flares.
Thanks so much!
No such critter exists, either in the wild or in captivity.

A hood is as good as it gets.
Wide angle lenses flare unfortunately, especially the Tokina (I have one). The flare is caused by light sources in the frame reflecting off the inside surfaces of the lens elements, so, no filter can really help you with this. In fact, certain filters may actually make it worse. With the Tokina I've learned to just compose for the flare. It's going to be there no matter what, so put it in the best place you can. I've noticed that it is minimized at larger apertures however.
Adding a filter adds an air gap, and it's air gaps that allow lens flare.
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