I am stepping into LF format after being faithful to 35mm format for more than 1 6 years. When i started with 35mm i went in for budget camera and lens. I normal ly don't like to take risk with used lens (see below), so i went in for non bran ded lens. Where i compromised 10% in terms of quality but saved sometimes 70% in money. Ofcourse, once i got into photography i switched to the best a serious a mateur can afford.

I want to follow same mode breaking into LF. I know of congo lens but i heard th ey carry more risk than buying used equipment.

Any kind of practical suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

(I am presently in singapore where used market is almost nonexistent. This means i have to depend on mail order stuff. This lives out trying before buying.)