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Question About Lens Flare

dbrunodbruno Member
edited August 2015 in general photography
I always have a UV filter on my lenses just for protection and really nothing else. I usually purchase Hoya, even though Tiffen is less expensive, the reviews from what I have seen are not as good. I had always thought that the addition of another piece of glass on a lens was the main (only?) contributor to lens flare. However, in checking for the best current price on a Hoya Alpha MC UV 77 mm, which I have on one lens, I saw a lot of reviewers complaining that it was the filter itself causing the flare - cheaply made, poor glass, etc. Are they overlooking the fact they are adding another piece of glass - any glass - to a lens that has been optimized to not have something stuck on the end of it? I'm just curious.


  • Neil vNNeil vN Administrator
    You will often hear the counter-argument about using filters: "Why slap a cheap filter on an expensive lens?"

    My mental reply is always - well then, don't use a cheap filter. 

    There are filters and filters - they range hugely in price. Some good filters are as expensive as cheap lenses. So it really depends on what you put on the front of your lens. 

    I keep filters on my lenses, unless I see there is a risk of flare. Then they come off. That's the beauty of screw-in filters. I can take them off as needed. 

    Here's more about my take on using filters:

  • So, Neil, what I gather from these two articles is that even if it's a really expensive filter, it still may have to be removed as you can get lens flare. That makes me feel OK about using Hoya filters simply for protection (IMO I don't think they are junk), and the reviewers may be mistaken a little bit.

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