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Keep or return a 9 year old 70-200 f/4L ($600)

 
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Apr 02, 2012 12:53 |  #1

So I just got this lens from Keh.com and it came with the caps and the hood (with the usual moderate scuffs) and the pouch which looks good.

The lens itself is physically scratch/dent-free and the glass is clean (as far as what I've seen so far). The thing is that the rubber grips look and feel dried out although the rings themselves move smoothly, if a tad too easily.

This is the slightly cleaner side of the rings, but should give you an idea of what I'm talking about anyway.

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Now the new one is in the range of $675-700 and I've paid $600 for this one.

The date code on this lens is UR1003 which if I'm reading correctly, is 10/2003. Do you guys think this is a reasonable price for a 9 year old lens or should I just pony up and buy a new one?

I have taken some photos but will only be able to upload them later this evening. Can't comment on it's optical quality just yet.

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Apr 02, 2012 12:56 |  #2

Get a new one. $75 is not much difference and worth the peace of mind. Just my 2 pixels.


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Apr 02, 2012 12:58 |  #3

for the minimal difference in price for a new one, i'd rather go that route and return the lens.

there may be nothing wrong with the lens optically, however it's not much cheaper than a new one...

just my opinion as i'm sure others will chime in about how date codes do not matter as long as the lens is sharper than a new one ;) *tongue in cheek*


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Apr 02, 2012 13:08 |  #4

Return and get new .
A warranty alone is worth more than $75 !




  
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Apr 02, 2012 13:09 |  #5

Guess that's that then. Going back to Keh.com. Thanks for chiming in everyone :)


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Apr 02, 2012 14:59 |  #6

powerslave wrote in post #14197058 (external link)
Guess that's that then. Going back to Keh.com. Thanks for chiming in everyone :)

tell them you'll keep it if they knock off another $100.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:00 |  #7

I thought about that but, I don't know if I can argue on price.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:01 |  #8

powerslave wrote in post #14197697 (external link)
I thought about that but, I don't know if I can argue on price.

doesnt hurt to ask.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:08 |  #9

You can get a much newer one off here for ~$500 quite easily. I'd send that back even if they did knock $100 off.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:09 |  #10

I would return it. Curious, what was the KEH rating on that lens?


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Apr 02, 2012 15:10 |  #11

Well, I tried. No go. Gonna have to bear the shipping as well. Somewhat sucks but perils of buying used online.

One of the reasons why I went the keh way over buying used in the forums was peace of mind w.r.t returns.

In retrospect though, I guess I should have bought through Adorama or Amazon.

The lens was listed at EX+, that's why I've got a bitter taste in my mouth.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:31 as a reply to  @ powerslave's post |  #12

Tell KEH that the condition is no where close to that listed. Call and speak to a Mgr. Then send it in and ask him if it meets the rating.

Worth a try anyway.


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Apr 02, 2012 15:32 |  #13

You'll have a new lens , a solid warranty and piece of mind !
All the above and yet another cardboard box to store , "just in case" .
I have a bloody collection of the things , boxes that is not Lseries !




  
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Apr 02, 2012 16:08 |  #14

You can still save $$$ by buying a used one here, FM, or eBay. Look for a prices $450 - $520 or so. $600 for a used 70-200 non-IS is rather high - but at least you got the caps (KEH toften sends lenses without caps for some unknown reason).

You can also get a Canon refurb w/ 90 day warranty for $567 + tax, and even less if you catch one of their 10% - 20% off sales.


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Apr 02, 2012 17:46 |  #15

Interesting that the rating was EX+ as you often hear that KEH rates them conservatively. I would definitely complain and return it. Once they see the condition, if they make you pay for return shipping, no way I would do business with them again. In fact, please post how they handle it so others can be forewarned.

+1 for the Canon refurbs if you can find one is stock or don't forget the B/S forum here.


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