Comparison between a pinhole and a modern lens
The first picture below is taken with a pinhole and the second picture is taken with the same camera but with a proper lens. The lens does give sharper results but, particularly for this subject, it could be argued that the pinhole produces a more photogenic print: better showing the hues and and gentle atmosphere of the location. The shots are taken on different days but similar times.
2009-07-31 1Ds Pinhole images around Stockley Park
Same camera but with a standard lens (on a different day):