Buying used lenses

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  1. robdavis305

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    I was wanting to get everybodys input on buying used lens from like B&H or other mail order photo sites. What im looking for is a good macro and is there that big of a differance between Nikon and tamron lenses. Any reply will be greatly appreciated,Thanks
     
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    You're probably better off going to a Nikon specific forum to purchase used.
     
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    used lenses are great.. I cant answer your question as to what your looking for, but, all my lenses but 2 are used.. I also have nikon lenses and a tamron lens.. the tamron is pretty old, but I like it not the less.. every function on it is manual, because its so old, but, its still a great sharp lens.

    I often hit up places like kijiji, as well as local pawn shops, because they almost always have old gear for CHEAP!
     
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    Tamron's 90mm macro lens is a very fine lens. I've owned one for years. Check Thom Hogan's web site for his review of the 105VR model micro-Nikkor lens, and see what he has to say about the Tamron 90mm in the sidebar article. Honestly, as a MACRO lens, the Tamron 90mm f/2.8 is very,very good and has been for many years. Tamron's 180mm macro has nice bokeh.

    I think macro lenses are a perfect type to buy used--many are bought,tested, and then never really used and are sold back to dealers. I always suggest that people buy a macro lens used, because of the oversupply of used ones on the market.
     
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    Make sure that you've checked the customer feedback and ratings at www.reselleratings.com before you part with your cc details!



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    Yes, for sure. I always shop at places I know and that have a very good reputation (B&H, Adorama, KEH, etc). If for some reason I want to buy something somewhere else - Reseller Ratings is the first stop.

    I see too many posts on here about people looking at a shady dealer... One look at Reseller Ratings and you would run away very fast. EVERYONE should have that website bookmarked, and check it before buying from a store you're not familiar with.
     
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    I've never bought a new lens! Used lenses are a much better value.

    What camera do you have? if it's a d200/300/700 then you might want to consider an AIS manual focus macro lens. The 55mm micro, or 105mm micro's from nikon are fantastic macro lenses. You can get a 105mm f4 micro for really cheap used--I don't think the f2.8 is worth the extra $$, as you'll rarely be shooting macro below f8.
     
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    I bought my Sigma EX 100-300mm f/4 used on E-bay for about half new price -- it is a wonderful lens. I got my EX teleconverters there the same way (1.4X and 2X).
     

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