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Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.4G

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Flare

Ghosting flare (distinct blobs) is extremely well-controlled under most circumstances, no doubt due to Nikon’s new Super Integrated Coatings. However the “wrong” angle of light can produce glaring exceptions to this rule as seen below.

Veiling flare can be image-ruining; the 50/1.4G has terrible problems with flare when light strikes the front element at certain angles. The effect seen below can be reproduced at will with the 50/1.4G. A similar effect, though less severe, can also be induced with the Sigma 50/1.4. However, I have never observed such problems with the Zeiss 50/1.4 Planar.

These examples are with an immaculate brand-new lens without a filter. The effect can vary widely, with only minor variations in angle causing a large shift in the amount of flare. Stopping down helps to improve contrast overall, but does little for the veiling flare.

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Nikon 50/1.4G @ f/1.4

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