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Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar

Loxia 50/2 Flare

For all image-forming light, the Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar offers outstanding overall contrast. But In the field, the one thing that must be avoided is direct sunlight which grazes the front element yet is not light forming part of the image.

At first, it seemed that perhaps the presence of a polarizer might be inducing such flare, but removing it, the effects were little changed (though a polarizer can negatively affect contrast), and many other scenes confirm the behavior.

Example

Virtually every 50mm lens will have issues similar to that seen here, with the sun near frame edge.

Here, the sun was just above the edge of the frame, so close that multiple attempts were needed to make an image free of fingers (a hand was used to shade the lens).

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