Panasonic GH3 with PL 25mm *blooming light problem HELP

magellan

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Please help, I am not sure if this is a problem with the glass or the camera but I am getting this ugly light blooming. Please look at the photos
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wjiang

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YES. YES. Could that be the culprit? I had an ND and a UV filter on - but I think I took the ND filter off because it was night.
It's just I've had occasional problems with the Hoya UV filter on my PL25 when shooting into bright light sources at night... it seemed worse when the filter wasn't quite clean. I would definitely try a test with and without the filter to see if it's related.

In general the more glass/air interfaces you have the more of these kinds of issues you'll see, so I would avoid stacking filters. I swap out CPL, ND and UV rather stacking them. In fact I tend to avoid UV filters entirely unless I'm going to the beach :p
 

Bokeaji

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I had similar problems when using a UV filter on my PL 25. The problems happened so often that I now shoot without any filter.
ive never had this issue in my ep3 em5 or em1 using the same lens, but its only ever had an nd filter on it(before i got my em1, now its NEKKID! and happy and FREEEEeeeee......!)
 

Ulfric M Douglas

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...How do you go about cleaning the inside elements?
Take the lens off the camera?

I bought a cheap "lenspen" thingy which has a foam pad at one end and a brush on the other.
Between my shirt corner and lenspen I can get stuff clean :)

Then there're swabs, anti-static cloths, licking it etc etc.
 

magellan

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It's just I've had occasional problems with the Hoya UV filter on my PL25 when shooting into bright light sources at night... it seemed worse when the filter wasn't quite clean. I would definitely try a test with and without the filter to see if it's related.

In general the more glass/air interfaces you have the more of these kinds of issues you'll see, so I would avoid stacking filters. I swap out CPL, ND and UV rather stacking them. In fact I tend to avoid UV filters entirely unless I'm going to the beach :p
Sounds good, thanks a lot. I only had the UV filter on to protect the lens but it seems it is doing more bad than it is good - I leave the ND on pretty permanently anyways (unless it is really dark) so that will protect.
 

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