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EB-1 -- Thanks for the suggestion, but I've had no problems when shooting with my Canon L lenses, or the Nikon 12-24/4 DX. My lens isn't all that old according to Nikon serial #s. But I know it was made as the poor man's alternative to the 17-35/2.8.
Taking an earlier photo isn't really acceptable if you are trying to capture the colorful twilight lighting, at least from my experience. But I've taken pictures well after the sky has gone dark without such pronounced ghosts.
Here are a few other shots where there isn't such prominent distracting lights.