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Filters: Loss of Image Contrast With a Polarizer (Zeiss 35/1.4 Distagon)

Even the very best lenses with state-of-the-art lens coatings are subject to lens flare in some conditions, particularly when sunlight strikes the front lens element, particularly when striking it via an oblique angle.

The effects of lens flare can be veiling flare or ghosting flare, with veiling flare ranging from subtle to a severe loss of contrast. Shooting top-grade lenses and then allowing either type of flare to intrude into one’s work is photographic sloppiness— work to eliminate flare when the best results are your goal. Something as simple as shading the front lens element with your hand is highly effective.

Most lens shades are compromises in size or shape that do not offer full coverage, and thus allow stray light to strike the front lens element in ways that can sometimes have a pronounced effect on image contrast. The rectangular hoods found on some Leica M and Leica S lenses are among the very best in terms of coverage, but Leica is the exception.

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  • Depth of field and how to bypass depth of field limitations via focus stacking.
  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
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  • Optical aberrations: what they are, what they look like, and what to do about them.
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