Direct sunlight + X-Trans sensor

Started Aug 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: Camera settings?
In reply to pluton, Aug 2, 2013

pluton wrote:

Speculation: The pattern looks like it could be a bounced and greatly enlarged image of the pixels/sensels on the sensor, as if the particular lens design under the right lighting conditions acts as a microscope in generating flares and ghosts.

That's exactly what it is. There was a thread discussing the same phenomenon with a different configuration (camera and lens) many months ago in the Nikon forums.

All sorts of crazy optical effects can show up. It pays to use your brain rather than jumping to conclusions about flawed sensors. Here's a similar looking thing with a quite different effect:

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