"It had the worst corners of any 24 or 25mm lens I have ever tested. Full of CA, smeary, distorted--just pathetic.
And this was unshifted! Lord knows what the corners would look like once it is shifted."
Did you try more than one example or are you blasting all 24mm PCE lenses to Perdition based on a single sample?
Just come across this thread.
I think that would be a justified stance.
I don’t now what sort of city some of you folks live in, but I’ve never been in one where a dealer would be perfectly happy to accept back from the purchaser lens after lens. Especially specialist, hgh value lenses such as these. Apart from it looking as if the purchaser is just renting for the occasion, who carries such stock? Almost everyone appears unable to stock much of anything at all, and waiting times are the apparent norm.
The problem doesn’t lie with the buyer or the dealer: the problem is the responsibility of the manufacturer.
It is totally unacceptable that a lens leaves the factory without a final quality inspection. Period. That photographers accept this, even think it normal, does little to push manufacturers to resolve problems.
It certainly does the makers no good at all. I bought a 24mm-70mm G Nikkor, designed for FF, and returned it very soon because tested on a D200 (cut-frame) it was hopeless. I shall never buy another zoom. Now, who loses? Both of us. Reports suggest one of two things: my copy was a lemon; other photographers have lower expectational standards. Either way, Nikon has lost another ‘perhaps’ purchaser of a zoom of any range.