The "Right" number of elements for prime lenses?

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The "Right" number of elements for prime lenses?

I've noticed through some testing that I did that I've found a "right" number of elements in my prime lenses.  I have a range of lenses in 3 element Cooke Triplets, 4 element Tessars, 5 element Takumar/Pentax, and some with more, some way more elements...

What I have found on my Sony bodies is that I like the look of what I get with 5 elements.  I've noticed it across focal lengths and across different brand names like Pentax Zeiss and Nikon.  It's where my image quality seems to shine and have a nice lifelike look without too much/little contrast, flare issues, and all around, lenses I carry as my "standard" set of lenses.   Typically it takes more than 6 elements to create a fast lens, so if I want something fast, it's being added as needed into my bag.

Anyone else done similar comparisons or noticed similar results unintended?

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