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Recently some photos I've taken have had a band of circles imprinted on the pictures. Is this caused by my filter or something with the lens itself? Attached a photo for reference. It only happens sometimes. enter image description here

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The rings may a reflection of your lens off the back of a low-quality UV filter. You may confirm by retaking the picture without the filter. Avoid by taking pictures without the filter or by using a multi-coated filter.

See What is causing the strange lighter circles in images taken with my Canon 15-85?

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  • Thank you! Will retake! My filter is somewhat on the "higher quality" end and it's never happened before, but I really hope it's because of the filter and not the lens/camera.... – Misha Y Sep 11 '18 at 11:32
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From my experience this looks like a problem with the filter or with the first or the last lens in the optics. It can be possible that the coating of one of them is damaged.

I would at first try to take the image without the filter like it was recommended in the answer of xiota. To make completely sure that it is not the camera make sure that it happens only with this lens and filter.

If it is just the reflection of the filter throw it away and buy a new one. If it is on the lens and you want to save it ask the manufacturer or a specialist for help. If it is the camera you should ask a specialist but it should not be the camera if it is just happening sometimes...

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  • Ok, thank you! Will retake the picture without the filter! It's never happened on any of my other lenses or filters before. It also only happens intermittently... – Misha Y Sep 11 '18 at 11:31
  • "If it is just the reflection of the filter throw it away and buy a new one." Well, except leave out that last part unless you're shooting in a windy desert, in salt water spray, in a blizzard or typhoon, an industrial location with flying hot metal or glass particles, etc. – Michael C Sep 11 '18 at 18:32
  • yeah thats true but if you use a good filter you should not get this reflections and then you can use this... also these reflections should not happen if you use a lens hood i think. – LuZel Sep 12 '18 at 6:25

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