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kid007
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Mar 09, 2013 22:03 |  #1

Peeps,

Have been looking for a while...but rush of blood....spending AUD1250 for a UZ code 24-70 MK1 lens... from the pics, it looks mint. There are no external marks nor any scratches; the owner is upgrading to mark 2. I am going to inspect it in couple of days and will be picking it up as long as it works and looks fine.

The owner bought it new and has been using minimal for 3 years...it looks like it (from the pics), so yeah...i am excited as well as nervous (not knowing if buying second hand is the right thing)

Would like to hear from you..(seeking assurance i suppose and also to know what i should look out for when inspecting).

Thanks.


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El ­ Pedro
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Mar 09, 2013 22:19 |  #2

The tamron 24-70 VC is only $1149 at camera house in Brisbane at the moment. I'd get that over a used mark one.




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Mar 09, 2013 22:22 |  #3

L is L.
I do not have any problem with the decision.


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Mar 09, 2013 22:29 as a reply to samsen's post |  #4

Sounds like a legit reason to be up for sale.

I have purchased 2 used L lenses, both just as described :cool:


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Mar 10, 2013 00:48 |  #5

I wanted to stick to the L and hence this lens El. I have seen what it can do and hence wanted it from that day on. Also, I guess it will hold its value better?


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Mar 10, 2013 01:10 |  #6

I just went through the motions on a 24-70. I was almost going to get the tamron, optically it's better than the v1 canon. I ended up with the v2 but its more than twice the price.

It's a good deal you got and its a great lens but the only thing the v1 offers that the tamron doesn't is a red ring, that's not a bad thing L glass has a good reputation for a reason. Holding value wouldn't factor into my thought process in purchasing a lens.




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Mar 10, 2013 01:11 |  #7

Another thing I saw a v1 go on ebay last week for $1800 so you really did get a bargain.




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Mar 10, 2013 01:13 |  #8

thanks El.


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Mar 10, 2013 08:40 |  #9

Check for dents first, that's a good indication of whether or not it has been dropped before. Then I'd check the front and back elements with a flashlight for marks and excess internal dust. Check both the zoom and focus ring to make sure they turn smoothly without any squeaking or sandy feeling. The zoom ring on the 24-70L is tighter on the wide end though, that's normal. Mount the lens on your camera and press the DOF preview button and roll the aperture through the entire range to make sure the blades are clean. Finally take some test shots and check on a computer at 100% to make sure there are no artifacts and that the focus is correct.


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Mar 10, 2013 09:38 |  #10

^^
Good way of describing how to test a lens.
Two things; Most people are buying on line these days so You don't have the lens in first place to test before it is fully paid and shipped to you with so concern regarding return all the time. It was easy on the days where purchase was in person and you had the opportunity of walking of the deal with no loss.

Second. Lest assume you have the deal and lens in hand and when find excess dent but very usable lens or sandy feel but otherwise useable lens or some front element cleaning mark or minimum dust on interal elements. Now what will you do? Will you return it (Assuming return policies are all there and you trust it), will you keep it or will you send it for repair/cleaning?


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Mar 10, 2013 10:12 |  #11

I have purchased almost all my lenses used with the only exception being the 70-200 mk2 and that was only because of timing. I have had good luck on all of them.my last being the 17 TS-e. I couldn't have been more satisfied. Buying new doesn't always guarantee in good working order but you will pay top dollar.


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Mar 10, 2013 10:21 |  #12

windlight wrote in post #15697685external link
Check for dents first, that's a good indication of whether or not it has been dropped before. Then I'd check the front and back elements with a flashlight for marks and excess internal dust. Check both the zoom and focus ring to make sure they turn smoothly without any squeaking or sandy feeling. The zoom ring on the 24-70L is tighter on the wide end though, that's normal. Mount the lens on your camera and press the DOF preview button and roll the aperture through the entire range to make sure the blades are clean. Finally take some test shots to and check at 100% to make sure there are no artifacts and that the focus is correct.

Good post.


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Mar 10, 2013 10:39 |  #13

samsen wrote in post #15697823external link
^^
Good way of describing how to test a lens.
Two things; Most people are buying on line these days so You don't have the lens in first place to test before it is fully paid and shipped to you with so concern regarding return all the time. It was easy on the days where purchase was in person and you had the opportunity of walking of the deal with no loss.

Second. Lest assume you have the deal and lens in hand and when find excess dent but very usable lens or sandy feel but otherwise useable lens or some front element cleaning mark or minimum dust on interal elements. Now what will you do? Will you return it (Assuming return policies are all there and you trust it), will you keep it or will you send it for repair/cleaning?

As much as a bummer it may be for both you and the seller, I would walk away from the deal. I've turned down deals with a friend before due to problems I felt would require servicing the lens. You'll be happier not being stuck with an lens with a known defect, especially if it's one which really bothers you.


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Mar 10, 2013 13:51 |  #14

Take a look at the LensRental post on the 24-70L (original) - older 24-70s tend to be problematic. Nothing that can't be fixed, but something to keep in mind.

http://www.lensrentals​.com ...0/the-limits-of-variationexternal link


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Mar 11, 2013 03:13 |  #15

I have put in a deposit. I will be inspecting the lens in person on Wednesday and will check it out as you all have mentioned. If it works as good as it looks, I will be taking it :)


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