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So I finally got around to purchasing a Nisi 150mm filter holder and a couple of filters for my Samyang 14mm AF lens. Seems fine so far except that the holder itself causes some vignetting, with part of the actual holder itself being visible in the frame at times. There seem to be angles at which this is less of an issue. I can't imagine there's any way to get around this, though I'm wondering whether anyone might have any advice in regards to this?

  • Please limit each question to a single subject. The question about light leaks should be asked separately as that is unrelated to the question about vignetting. – Michael C Jun 18 '18 at 15:51
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Stopping down the aperture (using a larger f-number) will have a two-fold effect. The FOV of the lens is narrowed slightly by stopping down. For example, on your 14mm lens, going from f/4 to f/8 would narrow the physical aperture from 3.5 to 1.75mm which would in turn reduce the diameter of the FOV by 1.75mm in a lens with rectilinear projection (slight more if its a fisheye) Moreover, reducing the aperture size will sharpen the vignette, causing it to "blur over" less of the image.

Assuming you cannot stop down the lens, consider this: Object path vignettes have no partitive effect. In other words, if your filter holder is forward of the entrance pupil, then the vignette will not act like a field stop.

In wide angle lenses the entrance pupil is almost always behind the front element's front vertex. This is as opposed to some telephoto lenses where the entrance pupil can be in front of the front element. In such a lens the effect of vignette would be partitive (cause darkening of some or all of the scene)

What does this mean? The area experiencing vignette is the only part of the image effected and that means that you can make your images and crop the vignette out in post.

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Stopping down to a narrower aperture should reduce the degree of vignetting.

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There so called center filters for wide angles that are dark in the center and increasingly transparent to the edges. Example: https://www.schneideroptics.com/ecommerce/CatalogSubCategoryDisplay.aspx?CID=182

They are pretty expensive, though. But old ones can often be found cheap on auction sites.

They are made especially for this kind of problem.

  • These center filters are designed to compensate for the light falloff towards the edges of the field of view. They cannot compensate for vignetting caused by objects in front of the lens, such as the OP's filter holder. The objects cause more-or-less hard vignetting, as opposed to the gradual vignetting of light falloff off-axis from the len's optical axis. – scottbb Jun 21 '18 at 20:28

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