There are two very important things that affect the outcome of how a photo is captured. One is the film and the other is the lens. Most avid photographers already argue, ad nauseam, about the pros and cons of the digital sensors over film. However, few ever consider the lens.
Frankly, both the film and sensor are designed to do one thing and that is to capture, as accurately as possible, the image delivered the by lens.
Other than auto focus motors and more durable coatings, lens technology has remained largely unchanged for decades.
Vintage lenses provide the advantage of quality builds (metal vs. cheap plastic), and render looks many of us are already familiar with, and at pennies on the dollar vs. modern equivalents, a wise choice in today's economy.
Last, but certainly not the least, is thanks to smart digital post processing tools, printers, and cleaner sensors. The shortcomings of many lenses, once considered junk by unforgiving film standards, can now be corrected.
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