Please Help I was having Undesirable Light Rays Issue

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Hello everyone.

I am an amateur landscape photographer and still trying my best to learn and improve my passion on this field. Before when I used my amateur level Canon dslr with 17-40 mm wide-angle lens, I never have the problem shooting directly on any light source (like street lamps, sun, etc.) but when I used my Nikon D610 mounted with 14-24 mm nikkor lens, that is where I started getting the issue. I really want to have perfect star-rays effect but I frequently noticed that when I shoot directly to any light source I do get these undesirable/imperfect light rays. I assume the problem lies with my nikkor lens? Anyone among you here have any idea what is really the problem, I really need your brilliant opinion so that I can resolve the issue. Any tips are highly appreciated for me to avoid doing the same mistakes of having this issue.

Thank you very much.


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Looks like there's some smearing on the lens. Try cleaning it.
 

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Be sure to use a proper cleaning method. Using your shirt tail isn't exactly a good idea. A Rocket Blower, a quality lens brush and a clean microfiber cloth and lens fluid should be part of your gear.

Not trying to say you don't know any better, but there are people who have scratched up a perfectly good lens just by being hasty.
 
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Be sure to use a proper cleaning method. Using your shirt tail isn't exactly a good idea. A Rocket Blower, a quality lens brush and a clean microfiber cloth and lens fluid should be part of your gear.

Not trying to say you don't know any better, but there are people who have scratched up a perfectly good lens just by being hasty.

Yes I will follow your advice. Again, thanks a lot.
 

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Also, try shooting at f16 instead of f5.6. A smaller aperture will exaggerate the rays of light.

I agree it looks like there may be a smug on the lens.
 

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