re: AF-S NIKKOR 17-55/2.8G I realize that I'm asking a lot from this lens, and possibly should have researched its flare characteristics a little better. but, shelling out 1200 bones gave me the idea that I'd get a little better performance out of it. [rant] whisper direct light source, and this thing has a hissy fit. I've been using it since early this year, and most of the time I'm able to control the scene enough to avoid any flare.. or at least keep it at a minimum. but there's no fun in controlled environments, anyway :mrgreen:. the best way, I've found, to avoid flare is not to shoot directly at a light source. or to drastically alter the WB and colour channels. but.. what if you need to shoot directly into a light source and prefer not to alter the colour so much? with or without a filter, with or without the hood, it flares and ghosts like it's going out of style. when I can afford to replace it, I will. but for the time being, it's pretty much a mainstay lens for me. don't get me wrong, I love it when I can avoid a direct light source, but like I said, I can't always do that. you guys have any suggestions (other than not shooting into a light source) to reduce the flare on this thing? or even make it less distracting/ugly. maybe I'm being prissy, I dunno. [/rant] examples. top is with a b+w UVO, no processing. bottom is processed in LR2, no filter. hood was used in both shots, and the angle of light hitting the front element was between 20 and 30 degrees. F11, and F10 respectively. thanks in advance.