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Nov 18, 2011 11:52 |  #1

I started a thread a few days ago on which lens I should buy next. I got a lot of responses. Thanks.

A couple of you recommended a 50-1.8. I looked on eBay. A new one averages about $100. There are, however, 6-7 vendors selling used ones for as low as $40. Each vendor selling the used ones emphasize the condition. "Smoooooth Glass!!!" "EXTRA CLEAR GLASS!!!"

I understand the reason for having a clean lens, but why do these sellers emphasize the condition with capital letters and exclamation points? Is there a problem with buying used lenses?




  
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Nov 18, 2011 12:06 |  #2

Possibly something lost in translation. Buy new if you can unless its a trusted seller but beware that these lenses are not the most solid of built lenses and as such may not be in the best of condition. They are fantastic bang for the buck but beware of old/broken/dusty copies. Something you will not have to worry about if you buy new.


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Nov 18, 2011 12:07 |  #3

For the price, I'd just buy new.




  
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Nov 18, 2011 12:12 |  #4

crn3371 wrote in post #13417967 (external link)
For the price, I'd just buy new.

Agreed. In my opinion, that lens is not very well built so I would not trust buying a used copy without being able to hold it and inspect it first.


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Nov 18, 2011 12:36 |  #5

got one on my xmas list to the wife. i say for the price.. new.. and im a cheap guy.. got my 24-105L for bout 1/2 off of new.. that is when i buy used..


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Nov 18, 2011 12:45 |  #6

blt123 wrote in post #13417902 (external link)
I understand the reason for having a clean lens, but why do these sellers emphasize the condition with capital letters and exclamation points? Is there a problem with buying used lenses?

Because it's the internet? SHOUTING your sales pitch/forum post/etc. lets people know that you and your products are clearly a cut above the rest.

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Nov 18, 2011 13:01 |  #7

I have never bought a lens until the other day, but out of the eight Canon cameras I have, I only bought one brand new. The others I bought used off eBay. I have gotten some tremendous bargains and haven't got burnt yet. I don't know enough about lenses, though.




  
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Nov 18, 2011 16:06 |  #8

if you're buying off of ebay regardless of new or used...look for a deal on an old 50mm f1.8 MK I...you can probably snag one for like $120

also where are you seeing $40...cheapest buyitnow price i see is $86...and the only completed listings showing under $50 are all AS IS..i.e. in two parts


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Nov 18, 2011 18:55 |  #9

Here's a link to one for $44.

http://www.ebay.com …m23110a3099#ht_​500wt_1413 (external link)

And it comes with a warranty.




  
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Nov 18, 2011 19:07 |  #10

that's an FD mount. you'll need an adapter for it to work on your camera and it's manual focus and aperture. buy new from a store


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Nov 18, 2011 19:40 |  #11

FD mount won't work well - needs an optical adapter which severely degrades quality.


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Nov 18, 2011 20:27 as a reply to  @ JonK's post |  #12

^^ Hey! These guys just saved you $44!

Use it towards a new copy of that lens (unless you can find a good MK1 version. EF mount, that is!)




  
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Nov 18, 2011 20:37 |  #13

If you are thinking to buy a EF 50mm f/1.8 II, please do yourself a favor. Go for a brand new one~!


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Nov 18, 2011 20:40 |  #14

thestone11 wrote in post #13420051 (external link)
If you are thinking to buy a EF 50mm f/1.8 II, please do yourself a favor. Go for a brand new one~!


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Nov 18, 2011 21:35 |  #15

Thanks a lot you guys. I need to learn more.




  
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