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I guess you should be sure of your camera as a tool - so that you know that making a good picture depends only on yourself. Thus, it motivates you to try to make that good picture. Otherwise, you know that it will be only a snapshot even before you take the camera into your hands. I remember when I was just starting out in photography, I was tempted to buy a 28-200 Tamron zoom. I've read that zooms, especially over such range, are not of good quality. So I borrowed one such zoom and tested it against my Nikkor 50mm 1.8. Due to probably my bad testing technique at the time, I could not find any fault with the zoom. But then I asked myself: what if I find a fault after several years of taking pictures with this lens, and then discover that all my negatives are deficient in some way? Would I take pleasure in raising this lens to take a hardly-sought picture, knowing that it may be compromised because of the quality of the lens? So I did not buy the zoom and stuck with prime lenses that I was sure of. Now that my 50mm 1.8 is old and abused, it can be questioned whether the photographs taken with it are without a fault. But still, I perceive it as a quality lens, and that perceived quality means a lot to me.