5 common lens problems (and how to solve them)

5 common lens problems: Lens flare

Lens Problem No. 5: Lens Diffraction

 

Problem No. 5: Diffraction

The problem
If you’re using good technique and your images are still losing important detail, it may be due to lens diffraction. It’s caused by using a very small aperture to gain a greater depth of field, and results in a slight softening of the image.

The solution
Pretty simple this – where possible, avoid using your lens’s smallest aperture (such as f/22 or f/29 – find out when you should use a wide or small aperture).

Many landscape pros set an aperture of f/16 by default for precisely this reason (learn more landscape photography secrets the every pro still uses).

PROBLEM No. 1: Lens Flare
PROBLEM No. 2: Vignetting
PROBLEM No. 3: Converging Verticals
PROBLEM No. 4: Barrel Distortion
PROBLEM No. 5: Lens Diffraction

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