Buying lenses online

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  1. Sarah Elizabeth

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    hmm, i think that if you are going to be making expensive purchases online, like the ones that you are looking at, maybe it would be best to stick to big reputable specialty sites like B&H and Adorama. I've never bought photographic equipment online, but that's what I would do.
     
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    Well, I'd say that the 'list price' is over inflated. That may have been the price at one time...but if you look around, the average price of the lens will probably be very close to what their sale price is.

    I'm not certain, but I believe that most or all of Amazon's lens/camera stuff is sold via Adorama. You might as well cut out the middle man. Also, I'd recommend having a look at B&H Photo.

    Links to both B&H and Adorama can be found at the top right of this page. If you use those links when you buy, it helps this site.

    I have purchased several things from B&H, via online transactions. It has worked well for me.
     
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    Hey Sweet. Thanks a bunch. I am definilty alright with helping this site. This sight is a true GEM!
     
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    you might also check out KEH.com.

    they have a terrific rep
     
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    One thing to make sure you do is to check both Amazon and Adorama... often (I have seen this personally myself) the product will have different prices, I have seen it run both ways. For example, when I bought my BigMa I bought it through Amazon sold by Adorama for $50 less than the Adorama website listed it... it came from Adorama, directly... but still was $50 cheaper.

    I have no idea why.
     
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    Thanks a lot guys. NOw I have another newbie question.

    It would be my assumtion that all "L" series lenses have an image stabilizer built into them?
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    NO, only lenses with "IS" in the title have image stabilizer.

    'L' is Canon's designation for their top/pro quality lenses. Many of which are weather sealed and have the top of the line glass elements...and of course, they have the red ring painted on them.
     
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    OK. I wasn't sure. I get it now..
    prosumer lenses come with or without IS and the same with the L series.
    wooot
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Now you are getting it :D

    Now, 'L' lenses are top quality. Some of the best 'consumer' camera lenses you can get. Also, you pay a premium to get them and the Canon name.

    For example, the Canon 24-70 F2.8 L...it's a great, top of the line lens used by many pro photographers. It's rather expensive > $1000.

    You can get a Sigma 24-70 F2.8 lens for about half that price. Same range, same max aperture...so why the price difference? Well, I think most everyone would say that the Canon lens produces better images (sharpness, contrast, color etc)...but how much better? From what I've heard and read, on average, you can get about 90% of the quality of L lenses, for about half the price....which for most people, is a good deal. However, some people need or want that extra 10% and are willing to pay for it.

    Also, build quality should be mentioned. For the most part, any L lens is built like a brick, so no worries. Other brands may be good or even as good...but take that on a lens by lens basis.

    Lastly, there is resale value. Top quality L lenses will hold their value remarkably well...especially if you buy them after the initial price drop. You could buy a lens, use it for several years and provided it's not banged up too badly, sell it for 80-90% of what you paid for it. The same may not be true of other brand lenses.
     
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    Oh K that is great. So Big Mike do you use Sigma. I do believe from what I have read you are a canon user. If you use Sigma are you happy with your results? As for the "L" lense that would be considered a "consumer" lense? I am confused when these "umer" words are used as possible sales pitches. :)
     

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