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Is it possible to recreate the circular, chromatic flair found in uncoated vintage lenses (older Cooke's for example), using just a filter over another lens?

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A filter that is a flat piece of glass isn’t going to create a ring flare like that, that’s happening with a lens element. A cheap diopter filter might, or a magnifier glass, but then you’d have to figure out how to get the lens to focus at a distance. Seems simpler to just use older lenses…

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In extremis, software can do it. Knoll Light Factory, for instance, makes a reasonably good fist of simulating that specific effect, and with a little manipulation using other filters you can achieve highly realistic results.

This is the unprocessed output of the plugin. It's highly configurable, but the bottom left seems to be what you're after.


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