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Samuli, fantastic and honest summary!
Get rid of the filter and the blob will disappear. The halo is from the sensor toppings though.
You are right Martin! I had a filter on because I wanted to protect the front element from salt spray. I removed it and did the test shot again... the very ugly blob is gone. I had never seen such ugly flaring blobs caused by a filter, until now. It's a relief to know this, because it's more distracting than the halos.
Btw, I've been shooting some more with the camera and 55/1.8 today and why was I nagging about that lens at first? The color, contrast, sharpness, AF accuracy, pop when shooting subjects at mid distance wide open,... It would have been a big mistake if I had ignored that lens because of the bokeh in some situations. It has strong vignetting and some field curvature, but I don't care. It's so good.
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