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What lens have you regretted buying?

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Jan 17, 2012 11:15 |  #226

The canon 75-300mm zoom....
Definitely regret buying that. Sold it for 80.

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Jan 17, 2012 12:17 |  #227

50 f/1.8 II... Was always scared it would eventually stop working due to seeing so many bad reviews.

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Jan 17, 2012 12:44 |  #228

My mistake was buying a 17-40L for my 7D. It was too short for me and the F4 was slow indoors. Just seemed very "boring" on crop for some reason.

I sold it after a week and lost no money since I bought it used.

A week later I bought a 5D on a whim and thought to myself I should have kept it for another week.

Now that I'm on a 5D2, my gf bought me another 17-40L for Xmas. Loving it on FF!

I kinda regret the 50mm lenses as well as I have gone through 2 of the 1.8II and now the 1.4. I keep trying them as they're highly praised but I just can't get used to shooting with them and they stay at home when I go out.

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Jan 17, 2012 12:56 |  #229

I'm starting to regret buying the 10-22. It's a great lens, but it wasn't super cheap and I'm finding I don't use it enough to justify the cost of it. Since buying it, I've only needed it a few times, either because I needed 10mm indoors, or because I wanted an 18-22mm shot with a subject closer than my 17-55 could focus on. It's easily my least-used lens. I'm torn now, but I bet next time there is a lens I have my eye on, I'll part with this one.

In the past, I had two real stinkers that I dropped like hot potatoes: The Canon 100-300mm f/4.5-5.6 USM and a Sigma 15-30mm which was soft everywhere but the center.

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Jan 17, 2012 14:37 |  #230


JeffreyG wrote in post #12241171 (external link)
I have a few.

EF 50/2.5 Compact Macro. Nothing wrong with this lens really, but the working distance was too short and I did not use it all that much.

EF 300/4L IS. A great lens, but I mostly bought it because of a lot of negative press on the 100-400L. After I used the 300 prime for a couple years I bought the 100-400L. I don't know what the 100-400L haters are smoking, but I wish I hadn't put up with the limitations of the long prime for as long as I did.

That's funny because I have the 100-400 L and think it's a little soft past 250 so I was going to purchase the 300/4L IS.....looking for a telephoto but can't afford the 300mm 2.8

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Jan 18, 2012 10:53 |  #231

without a doubt it was my first lens - the Sigma 18-200 OS. What a crappy lens in every aspect. But I was new, learning and wanted a lens for everything for my XT. I have since learned the error of my ways - which is to buy every lens I can talk my wife into letting me buy

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Jan 18, 2012 11:56 as a reply to  @ wizeguy4's post |  #232

I don't really have a lens that I regretted buying. If I'd bought a cheaper consumer-grade lens, I would have. I started taking photograph in the old days (even though I'm not that old :D) and used camera like Nikon FE2 and 50mm f/1.8. After that, I know what I would like to buy and so cheap & low quality stuffs have never been on my hands (for personal use anyway).

Not that I regretted, but there are a couple of lenses that I was kinda disappointed because I compared them to the other lenses that I really liked, but I still feel they were good.

The first one is EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6. Back to the film day, I really like 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM a lot. I think it's the best all-around lens at the day. So, when I switched to digital, I kinda hoped that the 17-85 would perform similarly to the 28-135. But it felt nothing like it, both in terms of image quality and build quality.

The second one is EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS. The sharpness of the lens is not comparable to the non-IS version, version II or even f/4L IS. But, yes, it still produces beautiful pictures.

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Jan 18, 2012 12:50 |  #233

50mm 1.8

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Dec 05, 2012 15:24 as a reply to  @ post 12243154 |  #234

My first telephoto lens: Samyang 500mm f/8.0 Super Telephoto Lens with Canon Lens Adapter Kit

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Dec 05, 2012 15:27 |  #235

ankitj wrote in post #15330421 (external link)
My first telephoto lens: Samyang 500mm f/8.0 Super Telephoto Lens with Canon Lens Adapter Kit

For $100, you too can take crappy photos of things way far away!

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Dec 05, 2012 15:35 |  #236

My most regrettable lens purchase, by far, was the 75-300. I read tons of reviews, 95% of which were all negative but still decided to give it a shot. Big mistake.
I bought it for $90 which wasn't a bad price, but man was that lens terrible!

Awful chromatic aberration and softness at every focal length.


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Dec 05, 2012 16:16 |  #237

Zeiss Planar t* 50mm f1.4 for me. Not because it was a rubbish lens though, I just don't have the eyesight to manually focus consistently with the 5dII even with the eg-s screen. I've just sold the lens for about £70 less than I paid for it 4 months back.
A real shame really as I loved the results it was capable of, just not the eye strain and I'm not a huge fan of live view unless using a tripod. Going to have to stick to my Om-2 for MF kicks..

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Dec 05, 2012 16:47 |  #238

I've not really ever regretted buying a lens ... so far. The one lens that I was the least happy with while I owned it was the 24-70 f/2.8 Mk I. Just never liked the design.

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Dec 05, 2012 17:29 |  #239

I regret buying my 70-200 F2.8 L IS. Nothing wrong with the lens - just don't use it!

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Dec 05, 2012 18:41 |  #240

The 28-105mm USM, 50mm f/1.8 mkII, and the 50mm f/1.4 USM

28-105mm was soft and had a lot of CA. I only bought it to see what the "hype" about USM was. Wish I'd just gotten a 28-135mm IS USM the first time.

50mm f/1.8 broke on its 2nd day of ownership. I bought it brand new and it fell apart. Rather then send it it for replacement and attempt to sell it for less money, I put a 9mm in it.... POS

50mm f/1.4 USM was very soft until f.2 and got very sharp at f/2.8, I didn't buy an f/2.8 lens, I bought a 50mm. Replaced it with the 40mm and gave it to a friend. Just wish I never bought it in the first place.

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