"The pictures you take with a bad lens will be better then the photos you don't take while dreaming about a great lens"
Terrific idea. Is this your own thought? May I use it in my classes? So often students will ask for advice about "good" lenses.
Of course some lenses are far superior to others, and one pays for what they get, not necessarily get what they pay for. Optics seems to be one field where money can buy quality.
But is the super high cost/quality equipment really necessary? For the better-than-average photographer? I think not. I think one should obtain whatever equipment does the job one needs, whether that need be for finished photographic quality or for personal satisfaction.
R. Eugene Smith