Quote Originally Posted by Michael R 1974 View Post
LJH: Yes, new as in fresh off the shelf. Unless there is really such a thing as a used lens in mint condition. Even if it looks mint, you never really know how it was handled.
I have never purchased a LF lens new. And I doubt that I ever would.

Every lens I have purchased (and there's been quite a few) has been as described by the seller. I don't buy lenses with dings or cleaning marks.

And all have been fine.

Again, I would suggest asking both here (and on LFF) people's thoughts on buying used LF lenses. Or do some searching. IMO, there's no need to waste money on buying new.