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    Avoiding lens flare

    I'm trying to work out how to avoid the kind to lens flare I get in images such as this (taken with a modern, coated lens - a Rodenstock Apo-Sironar-S 150mm f/5.6).

    I use the Lee filter system so one of their lens hoods is a possiblility but they're quite expensive so would a simple shade held by a flexible support do the job?

    Thank you for your help.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    I thought that's what the darkslide was for. You can't set it down because of the dust/dirt problem, so you might as well use it for something ;-) Seriously, that's what I use.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    You could get a clamp like this MultiClip
    and attach it to the front standard to hold a card (black matboard is good) to shade the lens. I'd hesitate to use a darkslide, since that would make it tough to confirm you're not vignetting the image with the card (by checking the cut-out corners of the gound glass). It probably wouldn't work in much of a wind, though.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    Although a regular lens shade of the appropriate size (and in the right position) provides much better flare protection, using the dark slide (or, hat) is better than nothing. Just position the dark slide so its shadow just covers the entire front of the lens, and you'll usually be OK.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    To eliminate flare you need a compendium that is masked down to the same size as the film format and is extended as long as your bellows. Short of that use your dark slide as a gobo.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    If I have the time I use my Lee wide angle compendium. But I still shade my lens with my body or a hat. My big fat head usually is enough.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    The reason large format photographers, such as AA and Clyde Butcher, wear/wore large hats is not to shade their head but to shade their lens. Seriously, that's why I wear a large brimmed hat.

    Brian

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    Avoiding lens flare

    And then you find an image with the edge of a dark slide ot a rounded edge of a hat ever so slightly enroaching into the image area. I strive for a more exact technique.

    Purchased two rubber lens shades from B&H in 67mm and 77mm that I can screw a filter under for $6 each that seem to work fine. Now if I could only find a maker for a 105mm lens shade.

    I occasionally use the Canham compendium, but it is a lot of work to set up for each shot.

    Cheers!

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    Now if I could only find a maker for a 105mm lens shade.

    www.heliopan.de/picts/Preisliste.pdf
    Page 15. Reference #1105.

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    Avoiding lens flare

    Just try Bob's advice on ANY lens you use - you will get severe vignetting...

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