Buying Used Lenses

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  1. rprimeau95

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    I have been looking at used lenses on ebay and BH those of you that shop at BH when they say a lenses condition is an 8+ that shows moderate wear on finish marks what exactly does this mean? and is an 8+ good for a used lens?

    when they say wear on finish marks what is that?

     
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    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is a question that you should be asking on the phone with a BH representative.

    With that said... never had any problems buying used equipment from BH or Adorama. If you are unhappy, they usually take things back with no question.
     
  3. Well, my assumption is that it is on a scale of 1-10... and that they don't sell anything below a 6. That would make the 8 a slightly above-average used lens. I treat my lenses well, but they definitely show "finish marks" - that means scratches on the black exterior. Regarding "moderate wear" - I assume that means it doesn't zoom quite as smoothly as a new lens, but that it holds its focal length once set. I had a really old zoom once that "fell" every time I pointed it downward, and I had to steady the focal length by holding it with one hand, sort of like a Pirate holding a telescope.
     
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    I have a shelf full of lenses...most of them I bought used. I would certainly trust B&H but it wouldn't hurt to ask them about it and their return policy.
     
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    thanks I just never purchased anything from them yet and wasn't clear what that meant i will call.
     
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    I just called they said it was all surface scratches only they didn't say anything about the motor not moving smoothly. You have 14 days to return an used item. thanks
     
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    You will be satisfied with B&H they are a great retailer to do business with. I bought my XT refurbished from them.

    I saw your other thread asking for lens recommendations, does this mean that you decided to get a 70-210 instead of a faster lens?
     
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    I haven't decided to which one to get yet still trying to figure out what I should get I only have a budget of 150.00 right now I know some of these lenses cost more but I have seen them go on ebay for less than 150.00.

    do you have one to recommend?
     
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    If you can, hold off on trying to buy a $150 lens. It will only have to upgraded sooner or later anyway. I'd suggest sticking with what you have, until you can afford something better...not just somthing different.
     
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    I understand it isn't my money it is the person that wants me to take pics of their food for calendars and cookbooks, and she is wanting to start ASAP to have done before Christmas.

    So do you think I can get some good close up shots of specialty hot dogs with my 50mm prime? Should I use a light box or not because with the 50mm lens you don't use the flash
     
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    someone beat me to it and bought the "[FONT=Verdana,Arial,Helvetica,sans-serif]Canon Zoom Telephoto 70-210mm f/4 EF Autofocus Lens" on BH that stinks
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    Too bad. I was going to say the used inventory turns over real fast at B&H. I hesitated twice before on lenses and they were gone when I made up my mind.
     

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