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kristin6
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Jan 13, 2012 10:45 |  #1

I have a Tamron 100-300mm that I purchased about 10 years ago for $100 used. The lens can take a sharp image only on the condition that the Earth stops spinning on its axis. I also still have the original 35-70 (?) kit lens from a Rebel 2000. These lenses are sitting in a box. I don't consider them to have any monetary value; but I hate putting things in landfills. Plus it may have value to someone else. Is there some place to donate lenses or something?


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Jan 13, 2012 10:52 |  #2

ebay.

there is always someone on ebay who will by your stuff.


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Jan 13, 2012 10:56 as a reply to  @ mike_311's post |  #3

If you want a warm, cuddly feeling - you could always list your items in the "Holiday Season Giving Thread"

You wont get any profit but you might make someones' day (plus aforementioned cuddly feeling).....


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Jan 13, 2012 10:56 |  #4

My unwanted old lenses tend to go to friends ...

I leant an old 90-300 f/4-5.6 (originated in my first 3000V twin lens kit) to someone years ago. They were interested in doing some motorsport photography but didn't really have money to buy a lens, and I had this sitting around unlikely to be used so it least it gave them something with the reach (if not speed or quality AF) to do the job ...

Also leant/gave my 18-55 kit lens to a friend who broke his, and didn't really have enough of an interest in photography any more to replace or upgrade it, but I didn't need mine at all so decided that he could have it ...

Having upgraded recently, I don't see my 20mm f/1.8 getting much use, and it's fairly broken so has very little resale value, and I'm planning to post that out to another friend who might like a wide, fast prime ... I also no longer use my 50mm f/1.8 very much and have offered it to a friend, and then a friend of hers who was planning on buying one for himself, but can't seem to find a taker for it.

I'm not desperate to get rid of it/them, but if I see a way in which stuff I don't really need can help a friend rather than sitting in my cupboard, then I'm happy to lend it to them ... and with a friend, I know I could ask for it back if I ever do really need it.


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Jan 13, 2012 11:05 |  #5
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I'd set it up at the 500yd line and take bets on whether I could hit it first shot CBS and then pocket the loot.




  
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Jan 13, 2012 11:07 as a reply to  @ Owain Shaw's post |  #6

    Include them in the next garage sale


  • donate them to a school photo club


  • give them to a student in the neighbourhood who can't afford to buy that stuff


  • use them as paperweights



  
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Jan 13, 2012 11:08 |  #7

I had that same Tamron from when I first bought my Rebel 300D.. I gave it away to a budding photographer, as I do with any cheap-o lenses that I come across.


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Jan 13, 2012 11:16 |  #8

Give them to my kids who are now getting interested in photography.


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Jan 13, 2012 11:22 |  #9

Give them to friends or family.




  
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Jan 13, 2012 11:29 as a reply to  @ rick_reno's post |  #10

i sell them here or on ebay.

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Jan 13, 2012 11:33 |  #11

Goodwill, some local goodwill stores have a auction.
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Jan 13, 2012 11:34 |  #12

I tend to pass them to my sister and mother who are happy with new lens to stick on their rebel. Craigslist and ebay are also options.




  
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Jan 13, 2012 11:42 |  #13

rick_reno wrote in post #13698366 (external link)
Give them to friends or family.

I've tried!

If its not a sofa, a remote control, game console or media player, my family isn't interested.

All my friends are super happy with their point and shoot cameras. Its tough to find people who want to learn DSLR anymore. I have a couple of friends that seemed serious for a bit about photography. They would come to me with some snap shots to receive praise for their brilliant artistry. Yeah...I live for those moments. :confused:


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Jan 13, 2012 11:43 |  #14

kristin6 wrote in post #13698487 (external link)
I've tried!

If its not a sofa, a remote control, game console or media player, my family isn't interested.

All my friends are super happy with their point and shoot cameras. Its tough to find people who want to learn DSLR anymore. I have a couple of friends that seemed serious for a bit about photography. They would come to me with some snap shots to receive praise for their brilliant artistry. Yeah...I live for those moments. :confused:

Mail them to my sister :)




  
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Jan 14, 2012 09:38 |  #15

DIY lens mug comes to mind... :)


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