Can a $25 or $100 Lens Make A Nice Image ?

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Jupiter 9 Canon 80D San Fransisco Chinatown
Jupiter 9 Canon 80D San Fransisco Chinatown
Yes ! I shot this with a  [EDIT original post Vivitar 24mm F2.0 lens that I got for $25] Jupiter 9 I got for around $100. Looking on eBay I see its going for more like $250+ referring to the Vivitar 24. I got a bargain for once, and a really nice lens ! Its entirely possible you may come into this lens nearly as cheap.  Before you plunge big dollars into something with a C name on it, consider what else is out there. Many a vintage lens will still make a wonderful image.  This was shot in a little inlet on Lake Winnebago, WI.
Vivitar 24 F2 lake winnebago 80D
Vivitar 24 F2 lake winnebago 80D
The next image was shot with a Vivitar / Tokina 400mm 5.6. Maybe not quite as sharp as I’d like, but I was hand holding it at 125th shutter or so and high ISO. Even still it held nice contrast on severe back lighting. Ok, truth be told I did pay around $100 for the 400mm, but even still a bargain compared to alternatives.
vivitar 400mm 5.6 lake winnebago ice fishing 60D
vivitar 400mm 5.6 lake winnebago ice fishing 60D
The point is I got into dslr imaging because I was intrigued with making high quality video ( and some stills ) for cheap. I’m thrilled I DIDN’T spend thousands on gLamour gLass and found some great lenses that work just fine. Ok, Ok, yes, yes, that gLamour Luxury glass will do better, no doubt but I’m just not making images were clients will ever know, care or see the difference. Its nice not to be gear poor for a change ! Seriously, quit pixel peeping and make some great images.
Vivitar 24 F2.0
Vivitar 24mm F2 ice water 60D
Vivitar 24mm F2 ice water 60D