Problem with Sony A7, reflections on the sensor.

Started Jan 26, 2014 | Discussions thread
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stevo23 Forum Pro • Posts: 10,653
Re: Lens fault, not sensors problem...

Trollmann wrote:

Interesting thread!

Seems like the initial problem is reflection from the rear element of the lens (in the early digital days this was a BIG issue and it did not take lone before lens makers had all their lenses coated with superb anti reflection coatings on the rear lens element). Reflection from sensors are real, with film it was no issue - and lots of older lenses have uncoated or poorly coated rear lens elements.

Had the Minolta 2.8/16 mm fish eye (film day lens) and there was a plethoria of reflections when used with my Minolta digital camera - with film there was almost none. Simply gave up the lens as a digital alternative.

So I guess (note: I do not know) the lens is to blame and not the sensor per se.

Diffraction spikes (like rays around the sun when using a small aperture) is caused by diffraction in the aperture blades. Circular apertures cause diffraction rings and apertures with angles (like a four or five blade aperture) cause diffraction spikes (and some other not that easy to spot diffraction pattern).

There is a lot of theory about reflective sensor surfaces and diffraction but mentioning things like these on a forum usually open cans of worms. Lots of misconceptions...

I don't think it's a lens - it's happening with any and all lenses. Nothing is immune. If it was a problem related to the rear lens elements, then the phenomenon would be more common center frame and less so on the edges since light coming in at an extreme angle on the edge would be likely to reflect away from the rear element.

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