Nope I'm not a measurbator as you call them. It just struck me whilst browsing through countless forums how much this happens.
I am probably the very last of collegues moving into the digital era.... and then it would be simple to buy the first available pro-package for 10.000€ plus .... It's tax deductable, I can afford it and it's easy, but it's just not manner in which I tend operate, with or without forums.
I have been using Leicaflex equipment (and some M equipment) for my professional job for the past 25 years, and might I add the same equipment, bought a new lens here and there but that was about it. Now people want Tiffs/raws, they want not 1 tiff per subject, no they want 5 with various monitorings. have you any idea how hard it is nowadys to get a film professionally developed and scanned, and even if there are places which do that the cost will be immense.... so this is what drives me to digital. My main thoughts with in this process was that I'll be buggered before I just go out and follow the crowd..... but having seen and read what I have over the past weeks/months of research I feel sorry for all the poor souls whom fall into this trap. I have never been interested, or cared for digital photography, my wife has one or two, but thats about it, I also didn't read photography forums, not analog and not digital.... but now I have and am lightly disturbed with this whole thing, especially seeing the pictures which are taken with all these "pro-setups" I am not so much a Pro photographer as somebody whom relies on "good quality" images for their work, but as I mentioned I'll be buggered if I fall into this trap .... and you are so right, if a lens is not sharp, it's not sharp..... if that is the case it's probably a manufacturers fault and you send it back, and back, and back until you have a sharp one.
I bought several CV lenses for my Leica M. I know they make good lenses but quality control is not good (hence the price they cost) so one particular lens I sent back 6 times over a period of so many months, I eventually got a very good item for very little money compared to the Leica originals. I think the same applies for Sigma and Tamron, out of 100 lenses they distribute I wonder how many are as good as they can be ? .... at the same time wondering how any company can get away with that sort of thing.... and why. Anyway I can go on and on and on .... but the weather here in "Ober Bayern" is perfect for a little walk ..... so I will find my stretcher and lie in the garden with a good book and forget photography, analog or digital for a while ....