When I shop for a new camera lens, I like to do my homework first. Since I know my intended use(s) for the new lens, I know what features I want my new lens to have. So I can narrow down my list of prospective purchases online.
Rather than just ordering the best choice from my list, I then like to go to my favorite camera store and physically look at the lenses that are available from my list. I expect to spend a lot of my hard earned money on a good lens package. I want to know that the manufacturer has used good quality glass and that the housing is durable and will keep out dirt and moisture.
I also verify that the thread of the lens package will fit the lens thread on my camera body. If it doesn’t fit, I know in advance that I will also need to purchase a lens adapter in order to use the new lens package. This means a little extra weight and may slightly affect my balance when holding the camera with the lens attached. I can check this out at the store, as well.
Occasionally, the camera store doesn’t have the particular lens that I am considering in stock. In this case, I ask to look at a similar lens package from that manufacturer. If possible it should be similarly priced. This way, I still get to look at the manufacturer’s workmanship in advance.
Until next time, Happy Shuttering!