i wasn't saying you in particular but there are always people
who dislike companies or lenes or cameras or paper, or chemistry for whatever
reasons they have ... i can't stand tmax developer ( for example ) it ruined my film
and kodak left me hanging ... and i still hold a grudge against it ( since it was introduced in 1991/2! )
but others LOVE it ... and make great work with it ... to each their own ....
i am sure most people can't tell an image from one lens to another whether it was used at the "optimized" fstop or
1/2 a stop or 2 stops less .. there are plenty of examples of that in my own portfolio.
printed with a 20$ filter or with a 20¢ piece of cel-o-phane in the end
what matters is if the person making the prints made with xyz camera, xyz film, xyz chemistry + paper
likes the results.
personally, i couldn't care less about "internet opinion" ...
it seems that all websites like this (and others) that are always linked to, or books or whatever ...
all they do is give opinion and for every opinion there is always a contradictory one ...
that's why i suggested christopher make enlargements and look for himself so he can make his own opinion and not just go by what faceless internet forum suggests is right or wrong good/ bad.
i'm also reminded that there are always people on internet fora who say, but don't do ... in otherwords
they just post and repost and post other people's opinion and never do any of the things that they are actually
claiming to be experts in ...
a few years ago i was involved in a long conversation ( thread ) with someone who claimed to be an expert in something he
really had just begun to learn about. i applauded his enthusiasm but he knew about as much about what he was dispensing knowledge about as the person who posted the first lines of the thread ....
as with everything your actual mileage may vary from the company spec sheet ...
have fun printing christopher!
i hope you post your results and show us how the lenses worked ( or not ) for you ..