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As an f/1.4 design with 15 elements, flare control is generally excellent. However, there are some weak points to the performance, as will be seen on this page.
Rule of thumb: always shield the front lens element from non-image forming light. The lens shade is frequently incapable of doing the job fully, excepting specialized cine-style rectangular accordion shades.
Backlit glacial erratics, fall color, sunstar
When non-image-forming light strikes the front element, particularly the entire front element, few if any lenses can resist entirely—even Zeiss Otus lenses will show a loss of contrast.
I tried many times to shield the front lens element from the sun, but the sun was just above the edge of the frame so that I kept sticking my hand or hat into one corner of the frame. I finally succeeded by detaching the lens hood and manually holding it in place, extending it forward one centimeter or so more than when locked in place.
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