Finally bit the bullet and purchased an old lens for more than $20 on Etsy. I REALLY like the wide angle lenses, but the last 3 I bought (last summer), all take horrible pictures if you use the lenses at their most wide open (fastest) settings.
This lens, I still got it on Etsy, but paid closer to a normal price (Under $100, but close). It is a Tokina AT-X 24-40mm lens from the 90s. I finally walked around my building with my camera and the new lens taking pictures of what ever looked like it might be an interesting image. I don’t claim to be a good or great photographer, but several of today’s images look really nice to me.