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Nikkor 16-85VR prone to flare?

DaveSoderlund

Geneva, US
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DaveSoderlund Silver Member Laureate Ribbon awarded as a Winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 29th May 2010
Mon 04-Mar-13 08:03 PM

Most of the time, I really like this lens -- it lives on my camera 90+% of the time. However, I have had persistent problems controlling lens flare when trying to shoot sunset/sunrise pictures. It doesn't seem to matter whether there is a filter (protective, solid ND, grad ND) on the lens or not -- if I'm shooting into the sun, I am going to get flare spots.

Is the 16-85VR more prone to flare than other lenses? (According to Thom Hogan's review, flare is "decently controlled.") Am I just too inept to avoid this problem? Do I expect too much when shooting into the sun?

(As an aside, I have some sunset pictures taken using the 18-105VR lens -- before I acquired the 16-85 -- and flare seems to be less of a problem shooting into the sun with the 18-105VR. However, this is not a rigorous or thorough comparison, just an observation.)

If this is a particular problem with the 16-85VR I need another lens. If it's me, I need some advice to help me correct, or at least minimize, this problem going forward.

Dave

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