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Potential Purchase - Used 70-200F2.8L With "Front Play"

 
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Feb 28, 2013 13:58 |  #1

I am considering purchasing a 70-200F2.8L (non-IS) for use with indoor sports and came across this ad in my local Craigslist. The listing notes that there is some slight "front play" due to a recent front impact. No other description is given and the picture doesn't show what this might look like (there is just a shot of the lens and accessories). I'm assuming that the repair will set me back around around $200 to ship to Canon based on my recent experience getting the autofocus fixed on my 70-200F4L. Looking for perspective on the price of the lens and the damage that the seller may be talking about, as well as any other concerns with the lens.

Here is the full CL ad description:


The lens is in good cosmetic condition and working condition.

It was purchased around $1300 about two years ago from B & H Camera, with a lens date code "UWXXXX".

This is the non-IS version Canon 70-200 mm F2.8L lens, one of Canon's most popular and legendary lens which earn Canon reputation for it's color, contrast and sharpness. Pros must carry one of this.

The reason I listed here for half price at $695 is because it has slight front play due to recent front impact.

The lens works fine other wise. The lens is great for artistic shots for blurred background


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Feb 28, 2013 14:59 |  #2

First, I'd snoop around, and see what they've sold for...maybe on Ebays' "completed Sales" listings. I've got one of the 70-200L Non-stabilized lens, and just LOVE it. I shoot lots of cycling competitions (bike races), and it's my primary lens for that. I find it to be great for short/middle-distance wildlife work, and for landscape and general shooting as well. Probably the most-used of my 6 lenses.

If you're looking at spending $695.00 THEN putting another $200.00 into it, I'd guess you can do better! Put a WTB add on the POTN sales forum, as well as any other sites you may haunt.

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Feb 28, 2013 19:41 |  #3

I've been looking at the 70-200/2.8 (non IS) for about a month now, on ebay, craigs list, B&H, Adorama, even Amazon. Most of the decent used ones are going for around $900 or a little less with all of the fixins'. My own concern was over getting a US version or gray market. I just want to be sure that Canon will work on it should the need arise.
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Feb 28, 2013 21:21 as a reply to  @ en4h's post |  #4

Just FYI.

I contacted Canon CPS with a suspected Grey Market new lens I purchased. Read them the serial # and the response was "We can't tell if a lens is grey or US. But if I needed work done to send it in with receipt."

Just my experience.

I would suggest maybe looking into a Factory refurb lens, but for only a $200 -$300 savings it may be better to just buy new?

Good luck.


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Mar 01, 2013 11:07 |  #5

I'm not necessarily dead set on the cost savings. Heck, sometime it's not even $200-$300. I'm usually shopping the used market and I'm more concerned about Canon saying "nope, we won't touch your lens", even if I intend to pay for the repair.


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Mar 01, 2013 11:56 |  #6

i wouldn't spend more than $400 on it...i'd also assume repair would be more than $200...i'd at least call canon and find out what their flat rate charge is for the lens


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Mar 01, 2013 14:45 |  #7

Doesn't sound like a great deal unless you can live with it or fix it yourself. A quick skim through Ebay shows the lens selling in the $800 range. Just over a week ago, one sold for $650. With a dropped lens, I'd be afraid of some unseen damage. Repair might cost a lot more than buying a good copy. Personally, I wouldn't bother and skip the possible headache.


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Mar 01, 2013 15:05 |  #8

You don't know that next week internal electrical ribbons aren't going to break from the 'impact' or what other damage it sustained.

Caveat Emptor


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