Dan Smith , Jan 11, 1998; 06:09 p.m.
Bob, before you do anything at all with the lens, go out and shoot a few rolls of film with it. No matter what anyone says, if the lens meets your standards, it is fine. Then the question is whether your standards are high enough. Reality is that no matter what you buy, something better, sharper, etc will always crop up. So shoot some chromes with it(using the best technique you can) and check the sharpness, contrast and how the images look to you. If they pass your quality test(& you can compare them with those from others lenses to see how they do) then you are fine. A lot of us shoot with more expensive and exotic glass. A lot shoot with less expensive stuff, even "qualified junk" at times. If the images do the job that is good enough. Technical perfection as a goal is impossible if your technique is lousy and even a cheap lens used well can outperform the best glass in the hands of an idiot. So try the lens first, compare to the quality you like and take it from there.