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Technical Difficulties with the La Sardina

Pass the word: pay attention where you point your lens when photographing with the La Sardina.

I must admit: I was enraged. On several of my pictures from my last roll taken on my La Sardina, a mysterious crescent appeared. On five of the photos, it showed up in the lower left hand corner. But on two, it showed up in the lower right hand corner. A mysterious “cursor” accompanied one of these shots:

What had happened? Had the lab screwed up? Was there a problem with my La Sardina’s shutter? Had I cracked the lens?

I studied my camera closely, then recalled the conditions under which I had taken the photos. The sun was descending in the West. In all the photos, I had adjusted the photo so that it remained just outside of the photo either to the upper right — in the case of the left corner blemishes — or the upper left — in the case of the right corner crescents. When I examined the lens, the problem explained itself: this was the sun glinting off the bubble that protects the lens.

Look closely at these four shots. You will notice a little rainbow edge to the crescents.

The cure? Next time, I keep my back to the sun when taking photos. Or choose times when it is overhead.

written by emperornorton

6 comments

  1. ohpleasedontgo

    ohpleasedontgo

    I noticed the same in several of my sardina pictures, but I always thought that it was my hair before the lens haha :D Thanks for the tip!

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  2. pangmark

    pangmark

    Oh, I thought you took a double of a tree stump ha ha. Thanks for the heads up

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  3. bloomchen

    bloomchen

    noticed it too. not only on my shots but on those of others too.

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  4. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    @bloomchen I had never seen it before this trip, but then I usually am not taking pictures next to the ocean.

    @ohpleasedontgo As @pangmark says elsewhere, we could think of it as a "design feature". Personally, I have run into problems with almost every camera I've ever owned and as for the ones that I haven't run into problems with, I suspect I just haven't found them yet. ;)

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  5. vicuna

    vicuna

    I had such sun flare on my sardine shots too... think it's a normal reaction with such a "round" plastic lens. A kind of sun shade cover around the lens can perhaps resolve the problem?...

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  6. emperornorton

    emperornorton

    @vicuna I get sun flare on my high quality Nikon lenses and I am sure that Canon users get it, too. Hell, even Hasselblad users get lens flare. But I have to say that there is nothing quite like the lens flare of La Sardina. ;)

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