A few months back when I was in the midst of deciding whether or not to make a major camera change, I spoke about a circa 1970's Nikon camera my husband had. There was a time in high school where he worked for a friend's dad who sold cameras, used ones I think, and he came away with a nice one when it was all said and done.
It had one lens, a 50mm 1:2 (I'm told it's a good portrait lens) which took the most beautiful pictures, at least the 35mm film variety that I'd seen. In making the decision between buying a new Canon or Nikon, I went with the latter because the woman in the store told me I could use the old lens, even a 30 year old one on my new camera. She was right.
Finally today I started playing with it. I have to do everything manually, adjust the f-stop, focus, etc., but man is there a huge difference in what it can and will do than my other lens that came with the camera. I think I'll leave it on all day today and play.
New basket below, to show up in the shop soon. It's super thick and sturdy hemp and I think I need about 5 for myself. Can you see a difference in the picture? I especially like the toenail polish reflection in the floor in the top pic. Didn't see it at first, did you?