Filters and Flare

You know it is handy to have a few clear filters available in your bag. But to use them always? I don’t think so.

Why not? Because they can degrade your image a little. In particular, they can cause extra flare. Like in these images taken today by a student:

With the clear protection filter on the 50mm lens:

And a second later, without the filter:

Look at my face, under my chin, etc: the strong back light causes flare in both locations; but it is noticeably worse with the filter, since the light bounces back and forth between the extra layers of glass, thus causing degradation.

My advice is: have a filter, but only use it when your camera is in danger from sand, water (especially sea water), snow, and other such dangers.


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