digital paradise wrote in post #16890505
You may as well ask if should I put a UV filter on it. Might be more than a budget issue only. You look at the reviews, tech data and user reviews which are just as important I think but are subjective. Either you like or your don't. If you are not sure then don't buy it. If you buy it and don't like it send to back.
Of course, choises are different for those who sell pictures for living and those who go trolling on various websites and on their better days post videos on YouTube where you can see them opening boxes of toys.
A point that has not been brought up is the repair shop.
Accoriding to Lensrentals statistics, a Sigma has a three-day through time at the works. This means that the item will be fixed and shipped out within three days of its arrival.
Nikon is not doing as well in the US, they are more like 4-5 weeks.
Bump a digital Leica M, it gets sent to Germany and will be off your bag for six to nine weeks. Can you deal with it?
Canon is doing OK with its one to two weeks delivery times.
Now, when I look at the repairs for my two lenses and a 5D III while in Helsinki, I could have bought a new nice DSLR kit. Or two pocket point-and-shoots. And they did NOT have the spare part so the 35mm L had to be left behind.
But yes, do put on a UV filter on and a lens hood as well.
Aligning the front element costs about 250 euros plus parts.