I will confess: I am a cheapskate. I turn my nose up when I see exotic lenses that command a price worthy of a kidney. Sure those lenses most times are sharp (some call it IQ) but often a bit clinical in how they render an image. For too many years I have spent my time producing images that HAD to be sharp, no much bokeh or arty flare: I was shooting architecture, professionally. Now that I am free of those-pixel peeping shackles I have embraced the dark side: funky bokeh, heavy vignetting and yes, low contrast and what some might call it "inferior" lens because not as sharp as native PanaLeica or Pro Zuiko. So, in my quest to find half decent lenses (that are not of "Holga" standard), offer character and still are reasonably priced, I wanted to try enlarging lenses as well. I went crazy and purchased on evilBay a Vivitar-LU 75mm f3.5 for a bank-breaking amount of $5. Heck, that is less than Junior burger in my hood! So how good can a $5 lens be? I know there are tales of some crazy deals pulled off from that auction site but this lens is often offered for not much money. Well, here is my first shot, today just before the sun went down. Fritz at sunset_c by gnarlydog, on Flickr The bokeh is pleasant, not too much flare coming off the highlights and the shadows aren't washed out. Sharpness is substantially better than some of my Russian glass and vignetting is not noticeable. I missed the focus a bit as his chest is sharper than his eye. Also if at 200 ISO might have been just a fraction less grainy (?) I think the lens is not too bad; of course there is no focusing helicoid (I simply mounted it on bellows) but at least has a very smooth aperture with 10 nice round blades, hence the smooth bokeh on the highlights. I would like now to encourage others to show results from lenses that are inexpensive and surprisingly good. Somehow have this thread like a place where members can come and look for reference if they want to get a bargain.