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I made the photograph below with a Tamron AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro, an inexpensive lens by any standard.  Pixel peeping would undoubtedly reveal that the image quality would not be quite on par with the same photograph shot with Canon L-series or Nikon ED glass.  Yet, to most eyes under typical viewing situations, an online or physical print of this daffodil would demonstrate more than adequate image quality.

The point is expensive glass is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition of good photography.  Photographs that move us are the result of a synergism between knowing how to meet the light, what to do with your camera when you get there, and sometimes just plain chance.

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