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If it isn't Flare, what is it?

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An odd question, one might think!

I usually pack Sigma cameras and lenses but, on a whim, this week I took a Panasonic Lumix GH1 with a 14-45mm Vario kit lens.

Imagine my disappointment with this and similar shots:

Could it be flare?, I thought. After reading this I decided, perhaps naively, that it was veiling flare and asked elsewhere if the 14-45mm is considered bad in that respect. Most responders there saw no flare, mostly blaming over-exposure and one gentlemen suggesting grease on the back lens element and telling me to "Clean it"! (his bold).

See

Another shot showed similar effects, here's a crop with problem areas arrowed:

Does this forum also see no flare and, if so, what happened to my shots?

Any help greatly appreciated.

P.S. The skies were indeed over-exposed in each shot, according to RawDigger's raw histograms.
Date: Apr 20, 2017   


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