April wrote in post #15822392
So, either I give up the idea of a 500mm or somehow convince myself to spend the really really big bucks for a new one.
Why is it eBay or new? Why not buy one from a trusted member on a site like this one? Plenty of them come up for sale.
I also would not have a problem buying the lens on eBay from someone with plenty of feedback (recent feedback preferred), a history of selling $$$ photo gear, a good return policy, and paying with a credit card through paypal. However I vastly prefer to deal with someone here or on FredMiranda.com. No feedback or history, whether it is eBay, here, or anywhere online, don't do it, not worth the risk.
If you are patient enough you can wait for one to come up for sale near you, so you can meet up in person to inspect the lens, and save shipping and fees.
Or you can wait for a used copy to come up at BH or Adorama's used department, or KEH.com. KEH had one in EX condition for like $6,500 a month ago, barely more than used value on here and eBay, with a 14 day no questions return, and 6 month warranty.