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    Smile Lens Flare wanted

    Maybe this is like swearing in church, so please forgive me in advance

    ....but I´m looking for a lens that will give me the most lens flare possible. I have a Leica M8.2.

    I really love natural lens flare, that´s why

    Best,

    n00b

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Interesting request. Though I can't help you with lens choice, I will say it's not blasphemy to make that statement. Flare definitely has a time and place.

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Veiling flare? Or internal reflection type flare?

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Hi!
    The summicron 40mm flares quite badly when multiple light sources are available, might be worth considering... also the old russian glass in LTM flares nicely and easily
    Last edited by Alfonso; 9th April 2011 at 07:40.

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Anything old without modern coatings might be a good bet

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Give some tiny tot a peanut butter sandwich. Then let him handle any of your lenses for a few minutes....

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Look for a Summar in Leica Thread Mount, use with an M-Mount adapter. Finding one with clean front element requires patience, but is worth it.

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Brian's advice is dead on. The early Summar's flare pretty badly, with lots of veiling flare.

    The Type II Summicron will have some nice flare with blobs.

    A number of the Voigtländers will flare nicely, especially the single-coated versions, which are designed to give the "classic" low-contrast (i.e., flare-prone) early Leica lenses. Examples would be the 35/1.4 and 40/1.4 Noktons.

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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Knew I had some Summar shots uploaded.

    Very Clean Nickel Summar (~1933) on my Leica M8, used a step-up ring for the IR filter and hood.

    Wide-Open at F2, "flare test"



    At F4:



    Some color at F2:





    And at F4:


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    Re: Lens Flare wanted

    Go for the Voigtlander 35/1.4.
    I got rid of mine for the veiling flare outdoors...
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