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    Does the lens build quality matter or does its performance matter more? By performance I mean the results one gets from the lens not how it feels in the hand!

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    Quote Originally Posted by oryzain View Post
    Does the lens build quality matter or does its performance matter more? By performance I mean the results one gets from the lens not how it feels in the hand!
    performance of course! even if the lens build is very good but the results is crap. what is the point? show off?

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    Default Re: Lens quality?

    both matters

    because if you have a good quality lens but it breaks down often
    it becomes useless

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    Default Re: Lens quality?

    Do you feel any third party lenses outperform (here I mean perform as in image quality not build quality!) nikkors/canons/Minoltas/ etc (not leica/Zeiss however)?

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    The 50mm f1.8 built like **** but works like a charm though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ianpaice View Post
    The 50mm f1.8 built like **** but works like a charm though!
    70-300mm also not bad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oryzain View Post
    Does the lens build quality matter or does its performance matter more? By performance I mean the results one gets from the lens not how it feels in the hand!
    Doesn't matter for so much for hobbyists, but does for pros and heavy users. Consumer grade lenses start to feel wobbly and optical alignment may be affect, especially those plastic lenses with extending barrels. Aperture blades can get stuck when dust accumulates internally. Tiny screws can drop out over time.

    The next accidental knock could be that lens' last. And it could happen in your once-in-a-lifetime $8000 Europe tour.

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    Are all consumer lenses that bad? Plastic is light and durable right? Do not get me wrong. Not telling that they are better than the nikkors/canons. But are they really that worse?

    BTW is anyone really that careless with a lens worth $$$? Pros should maintain stuff better than amatures right? Not underestimating what an unfortunate drop can do, in which case build definately matter tons!

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