wow, what luck, new lens!

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  1. Pure

    Pure TPF Noob!

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    So my cousin who lives some 800 miles away is in need on tuition money for graduate school and he's a serious photographer. Unfortunately for him, and luckily for me, he has a few lenses he wants to sell, and at a much discounted price! Don't worry, I've seen his gear [in person] when we visited a few months ago, and wow, it was in almost new condition.

    From what he has told me he wants to sell this stuff...

    14-24 f/2.8
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    24-70 f/2.8

    He basically told me if I can get the money in a month, he'll sell BOTH for a measly $1700 in near perfect condition. So, which one should I get?

    I have a D90, so crop is 1.5x, and that sucks. If only I could afford both! BLAH! So cheap!

    This would be mostly for day shooting, but I really love wide lenses for landscapes, but I also need range. The only major disadvantage of the 14-24 is that POS sphere like front element that means no filters, but heh.

    So, any help?
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Get the 24-70, and send the info about the 14-24 my way... lol
    (joking about the 14-24, serious about the 24-70... ok maybe I was not joking about the 14-24).

    I own the 24-70 and it is nothing short of incredible.

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    The only thing is that I have a D90 with a crop, still do you think it would be the better choice?

    24-70 = 36-105
     
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    JerryPH No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Dude, thats a top of the line lens! The crop factor is a minor issue. For those prices, I would not even think about it.

    Do it, you can thank me later...lol
     
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    Dude.

    I've got like $150 right now, and $9/hr @ best buy is going to take a few days of working to get to $800.

    BLARG.

    Not to mention I was saving for a speedlight.
     
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    Err, did I missread this or Did I missundertand it?
    I know it is very tempting for such top class lenses but I think it is way too much at this moment. Beside they are FF lenses as you mentioned.
    But if you must that is different story.
     
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    Honestly, when have you ever seen used pro lenses that are in near perfect condition for like 60% original price? [from a reliable seller] NEVER. I'd rather spend some cash now then have to waste a few hundred later for the same thing.

    Despite the fact they are made for FF cameras, have you ever seen a pro quality lens for a DX camera? Again, nope, why, because pros use FF cameras.

    I'm not trying to be disrespectful or anything, but come on, this is an amazing steal.
     
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    Sorry for double.

    So I just finished talking to him on the phone and he also has a SB-900 brand new, never opened that he got as a gift from a bunch of his friends for his birthday. He told me that he could sell it around $400 to me, but I was already thinking of buying a SB-800. I've read some about the SB-900, especially it massive size, should I buy an 800, or should I buy this 900 for like $80 more.

    Note: He's willing to hold this for me for 2-3 months for the fact he needs to keep it around to make his friends think hes using it, ahahaha. genius.




    Note: His payments for grad school are due in feb, and he recently lost one of his 2 jobs [damn economy], and he needs money since he HAS to pay back this loan obviously.
     
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    I think go to the last minute is the way to go, who knows you may have change your mind by then. I assume here that you will work through christmas.

    And please no credit card, no loan of any kind, no begging and of course no stealing. How is that sound? :wink:
     
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    You might be getting ahead of yourself. Define Pro. Do all Pros use only FF? I'm not so sure.

    Funny how the 24-70mm works extremely well on my meager DX camera.

    But let's be realistic. It ain't gonna happen for you bro. As you said, you have $150 in hand. He wants 10x that (and change). Your wages will not produce that amount in the time he will need it. It's a nice dream though. Besides, do you really want to take advantage of family when they're low and at a time when they are trying to better themselves? Why don't you assist him to get fair market value for the gear instead?

    Just a thought or two.
     
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    I define pro as somebody who does the job for a living, such as a photographer for getty.

    I'm not saying that pros don't use DX cameras, but many use FX.

    I already said that I wanted ONE of these, not both, he said basically $850 each. I DID NOT lowball him, he lowballed me. He made an offer to me, I basically said, How much for each? And he said $850ish right now. [his exact words were uh...something like $850 since you're my favorite cousin and because they are used.

    Don't forget there is christmas, and my grandmas/family are very generous, ahaha. So lets say I have $150 now, and I'll recieve some $200 [to be conservative. Working during the holiday season is insane, espeically during the holidays, and I normally get 18-25 hour weeks, so it really wouldn't be too difficult to save $800. And then 1 week of saving for gifts, so like $200 on that stuff, and boom, $800. I'm not saying working is easy money, working long hours and dealing with bitchass customers is not my favorite thing however money is money, and I'm happy to even have a job. Not to mention m friends and I have already agreed to skip gifts and just have a huge party at somebody's house.
     
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    Okay, another constructive point of view. Let's say you buy the 24-70mm. (I'm a little pissed right now because B&H have dropped $75 off what I paid).... anyway, so $850 for the lens. Turn around and sell it. You'll pocket $400-500 if you're smart. Take that profit and buy yourself the SB-800 or a nice tripod, proper filters or something like that. You have a pretty good range on your two lenses already.
     

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