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All my current lenses have been from ebay and craigslist, nifty fifty $50 on CL Canon 15-85 $525 CL Canon 70-200L 2.8 non IS $740 ebay and Bigma 50-500 $550 CL , with CL able to test out lens first which was great!

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I just got a brand new 70-200mm f/2.8 IS II for $1500. I thought it was too good to be true too! :D

Apr 19, 2012 04:17

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Just found a 600 L IS for £2200 on craigslist. Hmm, suspicious...

Apr 19, 2012 04:23

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70-200 2.8IS II for something like $1620-$1650, brand new from Amazon...at the time they were going for $2000-2200.

It's amazing how many businesses are willing to negotiate prices :-)

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How in the world were you able to negotiate with amazon? Unbelievable! :shock: :D

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It's amazing how many businesses are willing to negotiate prices :-)

Apr 19, 2012 16:03

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Picked up this Olympus 50/1.8 with a layer of fungus for $2...I had to see how the fungus would affect IQ in bright light and at wider apertures...shots taken with the lens pushed against the 30D without an adapter...

I wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole. Wouldn't matter if it's free. I'd be too worried about the spores getting into the camera, and then into my other lenses from there. Once you have fungus, it doesn't go away--it only spreads.

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spb wrote in post #14294327external link
How in the world were you able to negotiate with amazon? Unbelievable! :shock: :D

I placed an order, then a few hours later received a notice saying it was out of stock. Then when it was back in stock, it was $50 higher than the price. I ordered anyways, and THEN, the very next day the price went down by $100.

I got an Amazon rep on the phone and raised hell for being jerked around for 2 days straight. Told them it should be rectified with some sort of discount on the purchase. Surprisingly, the rep agreed.

Apr 19, 2012 22:48

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mannetti21 wrote in post #14296355external link
I placed an order, then a few hours later received a notice saying it was out of stock. Then when it was back in stock, it was $50 higher than the price. I ordered anyways, and THEN, the very next day the price went down by $100.

I got an Amazon rep on the phone and raised hell for being jerked around for 2 days straight. Told them it should be rectified with some sort of discount on the purchase. Surprisingly, the rep agreed.

If you ordered from amazon and it was OOS at the time, they would have notified you and put you in queue, with the price that was promised. They'd make you confirm your interest once every 30 days or so while waiting. I have no idea how your situation turned out as it did.

Despite amazons policy against matching their own price changes, I've had them adjust prices more than a dozen times. It's not difficult--if one rep says no, try again.

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MOkoFOko wrote in post #14296272external link
I wouldn't touch that with a 10-foot pole. Wouldn't matter if it's free. I'd be too worried about the spores getting into the camera, and then into my other lenses from there. Once you have fungus, it doesn't go away--it only spreads.

From what I've read, spores are everywhere and are already in our gear for the most part. It only grows, however, if the conditions allow. Dark, humid, still air, etc.

Apr 19, 2012 23:27

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MOkoFOko wrote in post #14296489external link
If you ordered from amazon and it was OOS at the time, they would have notified you and put you in queue, with the price that was promised. They'd make you confirm your interest once every 30 days or so while waiting. I have no idea how your situation turned out as it did.

Despite amazons policy against matching their own price changes, I've had them adjust prices more than a dozen times. It's not difficult--if one rep says no, try again.

The problem was that when I placed my order, it WAS in stock. The whole thing was strange indeed, but I'm thankful now for the mishap. ;)

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The problem was that when I placed my order, it WAS in stock. The whole thing was strange indeed, but I'm thankful now for the mishap. ;)

Worst case, you could just order at the new price and refuse the package of the one that was priced higher. No charge for refused delivery with amazon.

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A few years back i got the 70-200 2.8L IS for $1225. It was used but in Mint condition...i was pretty happy with the deal considering they were going for $1600 new at the time :)

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From what I've read, spores are everywhere and are already in our gear for the most part. It only grows, however, if the conditions allow. Dark, humid, still air, etc.

Do you really want to test that just for a free old lens? I sure wouldn't. People who have their fungi-infected glass cleaned will tell you that it just comes right back--you can't get rid of those spores because Canon only cleans and swaps the elements. If you live in super-dry and cool conditions, good for you.

To the adventurous--good luck :)

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...after I started reading this thread a few months back I started monitoring CL...

Only deal that actually went through for me - Bought an EOS650 with a 50mm 1.8 MK1 attached for $40. Sold the 650 for $30, so got the MK1 nifty fifty for $10 net. The original owner was shocked when I popped the lens off to test it on my T2i. He didn't know you could take the lens off.

Deals missed by just minutes....
-85mm 1.2 L (FD mount) in a bag of random stuff for $80 - could have still sold for a ton on ebay
-Hasselblad 501c with 80mm lens for $200 - probably close to $1K on ebay
-Canon FL mount 55mm 1.2 with a bundle of other stuff for $125

Apr 20, 2012 20:35

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I got my 55-250 for $30 after an instant rebate when I bought my t3i kit. Pretty good for that lens.

I paid full price for my 30 1.4, but amazon gave me $30 to send it in for calibration. Also got my brand new Sigma 10-20 for $399 on amazon gold box. Not outstanding but still almost 20% off

Apr 20, 2012 20:54

T3i, Sigma 10-20, Sigma 30 1.4, 18-55 kit, 55-250, YN-565, a few books, some software, and a desire to get good.....

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