Would you buy a used lens?

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  1. cumi

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    Some lens I would like to have are really over my budget (like Nikkor 85mm 1.8 (€ 600) or Nikkor 80-200 2.8 (€ 1200). I can find on internet these lens used (ebay or even in some local stores) for less than a half prize.

    What do you think? Any experiences with used equipment?


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    All of my lenses but two have been used, including a Canon 85mm/f1.8 and 50mm/f1.4. But you do have to be careful or take a risk when choosing. All of my film bodies, including a Canon Elan, A2e, and EOS-5 have been used.

    The only real issues I've had with used were that the 50mm and EOS-5 needed cleaning when I got them (gunk on them), which wasn't stated in the auction, and the 50mm had a screw get loose inside after about a year, but it was an easy fix to do myself.
     
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    Interesting post...

    I haven't had any experience buying used but I wouldn't think it'd be TOO big of a deal as long as you'd use some common sense.

    I'm sure people upgrade lenses, bodies, etc. or switch systems constantly so I could easily understand where there'd be a market for good quality used equip. I might have to check out Ebay too sometime.
     
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    Four of the lenses in my bag were purchased used on Ebay. Have never had trouble with any of them. The only uncomfortable moment I had with one of these purchases, was seeing how the seller packaged my Sigma 400mm f/5.6… He wrapped it several layers of newspaper, then stuck it in a manila envelope! Aggh! By all rights, it should have been broken. But miraculously, it survived shipping without so much as a smudge.

    Anyway, as long as you take reasonable precautions, buying used can save you a ton of money.
     
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    Oh yeah. I did buy one at auction where the idiot seller did something similar, but mine didn't fair so well. At least I got reimbursed.
     
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    Of my three lenses, one was bought new (50mm f/1.8), one was purchased refurbished (18-55mm), and one was purchased used (18-70mm). I can't tell any difference between the three of them. I've got no objection to used glass.
     
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    Almost all of my lenses have been used. They are just too pricey new.

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    Buy from a reputable seller on e-bay (if that is what you are going to do.)
    Anything else can be a shot in the dark. Not wise!

    Check for smoothness of movement, discolored and/or scratched glass, and of course everyone's favorite: Fungus! I have had two experiences with old lenses w/fungus. One was sold, the other repaired.

    Just stay away from the "two good to be true" category. Like a Minolta 85mm Portrait lens in good shape for $50.00 US.
     
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    All the bodies and lenses I have except for my 7D are used
    The only thing that you need to be aware of and Soocom1 said it is fungus
     
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    If ebay seems a bit chancy, there are large photo houses that sell used equipment with some sort of guarantee. Bargains are fewer, though.
     
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    Are there links anyone could provide?

     
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    You can start with B&H, Adorama and KEH.
     
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    IM not sure that in thirty years I ever bought a new lens.... No wait JC Penny was going out of the camera business and I bought a generic zoom from them.

    And I did buy one from a camera shop before ebay, but that was stupid of me. At the time there wasn't a lens of the focal length around that wasn't new.
     

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