Tom Reichner wrote in post #16099462
Wow. I had to read that twice to be sure it said what I thought it said. If IQ in a lens is not important to you, then how are you able to take images with awesome image quality? Don't the optics of the lens have an enormous effect on the quality of the final image? The best sensor in the world won't give you perfect pictures if you match it with a sub-par lens. If you ignore lens IQ when making a lens purchase, then the quality of your images will suffer - there's just no way around that.
What? This makes no sense. Say you put IQ first. Say the Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8 USM II is THE highest IQ lens you can get. So what? How is it going to help you take a photo at 400mm f/2.8, or 24mm f/1.4? You can't possibly make the shot you want, but damn, you've got a really nice lens.
A second point, if you please. There is a LOT more to an image than IQ. A lot more. Exposure, composition, content, framing, PP, emotion, love and the list goes on. I have a picture of my grandson, aged 3 years, that he took of himself. Photographically speaking it is horrible. I love it. His mother loves it. If you are as consumed by IQ as your post seems to suggest, you are missing the entire point of photography.
I would suppose that there are a handful, at best, of photographers in the world who NEED THE BEST IQ lens, and can make it perform at that level all the time. I am not among them. I shoot the best equipment I can afford. If I had the money, I'd be shooting a 1Dx and a 24-70 II. I don't. I am content with my 60D and Tamron 28-75. I come from a film background. Forty years ago nobody worried about IQ. You bought a lens for just the reasons I listed: focal length/zoom range, aperture and characteristics of the lens. The current obsession with IQ is a by-product of the digital age. I for one, make better photographs when I worry about the image, not the image quality. I prefer it that way.
EDIT: Tom, I had a look at your gallery. Exquisite images. Perhaps we just have a different perspective on photography. I can see that you take top-quality images and I assume you use top-quality equipment. Congratulations on your equipment and your talent. I have lesser degrees of both. Most of the shots I take are family-snap-shot-remember-the-moment types of images. We seem to have different philosophies on the art of photography. Photography is a broad term, there is room for all of us, and our equipment and talent under that umbrella.