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    What is causing this haze?

    Took a couple of macro shots today, and some of them had this 'haze' in them - any help on cause would be appreciated.
    Setup was: 28-80 'macro' (1:2) at 80mm mounted on full extension tube set + using flash mounted on camera with diffuser.
    Lens at F11, shutter speedat about 1/125th - ISO 200
    Picture picture converted in AdobeRAW, and reduced in size - no other PP done.

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    Do you have a 'protective' filter on your lens. Like a UV one?
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    No filter - took some other shots and they were fine - my first thought was that the yellow from the flower is somehow relecting back down the lens/extension tube causing the haze?

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    Id say your spot on with your assumption matt

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    Quote Originally Posted by MattC View Post
    No filter - took some other shots and they were fine - my first thought was that the yellow from the flower is somehow relecting back down the lens/extension tube causing the haze?
    That's my first thought. There wasn't something in front that was out of focus by any chance? humm...lens clean?
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    agree with Steve. Certainly things like UV filters can exacerbate it, cause the light reflects of the lens front element, hits the back of the filter and bounces back down through the lens. But in this case it seems to be bouncing around inside the lens/extension tubes.

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    Thanks for all the quick replies.
    Is there any way (apart from changing the background or shot) of reducing this? ie does it nomally occur when using maximum extension tubes, or at a specific aperture? or was this just a combination of things that caused the effect?

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    Whats the finish like in the tubes?

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    I'd put it down as a combinationof things as you say, may never happen again

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    Whats the finish like in the tubes?
    They are a black machined alumunium - looks like a fine thread almost - there could be some internal relfection I suppose, but would be fairly mnimal. These are faily cheap ebay tubes, so I suppose like all things you get what you pay for!

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    I wonder what finish others have, whether they have a matt black coated finish.

    I still reckon that the planets aligned (so to speak) to get that effect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hoffy View Post
    I wonder what finish others have, whether they have a matt black coated finish.

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    that threading effect is light baffling, as it minimises the effect of reflecting light. Lens hoods and the internals of lenses have a similar finish.. it's not that.

    Most likely two sources:

    Any light source forward of the lens hood(I'm assuming lens hood was on?)

    Return reflection off a shiny surface when illuminated by the flash(at close range).

    I notice it's an old-ish Sigma 28-80mm lens you used. Maybe this could be part of the issue

    most likely it looks like something Julie hit on.. maybe something flew past, or blew in front of the lens as the shot was being taken.
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    It could also be airborne pollen. If the bee was foraging around, at this close range, and magnification, it could well be a puff of airborne pollen particles.

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    Dirty air? Were the extension rings imported from China - anywhere near Beijing? The pollution is bad - change the air in the extension tubes
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    looks like something in the FG to me...but I'm guessing
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