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Sep 06, 2013 13:19 |  #1

What are your thoughts/experiences on buying used Lenses? Ive always been skeptical of buying them used just because they are a very expensive, precise piece of equipment.


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Sep 06, 2013 13:22 |  #2

I've bought and sold a few lenses, you can get great deals if you are careful to buy from sellers with excellent track records and they provide good quality pictures of the item.


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Sep 06, 2013 13:26 |  #3

Always look at the images closely. Samples don't mean much to me. check the sellers prior posts, registration date, etc. Look at his a activity and think smart.


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Sep 06, 2013 13:33 |  #4

Almost all of my lenses are used and I havent had any issues. I dont buy them via ebay, but prefer craigslist where I can meet in person and do an inspection/test shot prior to the transaction. No problems so far with 8 transactions.




  
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Sep 06, 2013 13:37 |  #5
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I have purchased almost all my gear used. Mostly through CraigsList, but a few on e-bay. E-bay scares me. CL allows you to see, handle and use the equipment before making a decision. You do need to be careful, though. Nut-jobs are everywhere. Always meet in a well-lit, public place, preferably indoors. Starbucks is a good idea.

If I am buying, I take a laptop, and a lens if I am buying a body, a body if I am buying a lens. Shoot the hardware, look at the shots. I tell the seller prior to meeting that we will be a few minutes while I check out the lens/body. No legitimate seller will balk at you checking out a $1,000 lens before you hand over the money.

Remember the sniff test. If something smells fishy, it probably is. Just leave.


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Sep 06, 2013 16:01 |  #6

I have purchased 3 lenses via E Bay UK, but I insist on meeting up to collect and pay for the lens.
I have bought the following lenses this way: 300mm F2.8 L IS, 400mm F2.8 L and the 800mm F5.6 L IS - I could never have afforded these lenses new.


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Sep 06, 2013 16:12 |  #7

I've owned 4 bodies and well over a dozen lenses, all but one lens was bought here or FM. Just do your research on the seller.


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Sep 06, 2013 16:14 |  #8

Bought & sold many used and new cameras/lenses/stuff on ebay for years with no problems.
Just do your research and use your common sense... that's all.


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Sep 06, 2013 16:14 |  #9

I almost always buy used or with a cashback + local discount in a store.

This is what I bought in the last two years:
24-70L : €780,- (used)
85LII : €1250,- (used)
17-40L : €300,- (used)
70-200LII: €1418,- (Cashback + local discount)

Saved me almost €2000,-


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Sep 06, 2013 16:36 as a reply to  @ Bonbridge's post |  #10

I've bought all my gear used from this site! I have 2 bodies, 7D & 50D, 6 lenses, all used. All perform great! I just feel that the majority of the folks here are honest, hard working people, straight shooters etc...Maybe not everyone, but the majority. I feel very comfortable buying gear from this site. E-Bay, 'nother story! Jeff




  
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Sep 06, 2013 17:10 as a reply to  @ Jeff's Challenger RT's post |  #11

I feel very comfortable buying from this site too. I bought a 17-40 on ebay which I thought was great until I moved to FF and realized it was decentered. Perhaps the seller only used it on a crop and didn't realize either.

2 lenses I've bought on POTN have been great.

The problem I have with buying used lenses is if I'm only saving 10% or so, it's not worth it to me. 20% and it can make the difference.


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Sep 06, 2013 21:11 |  #12

What are some of the steps you guys go through in checking over lens you're considering purchasing? I guess that also applies to new store purchased lens for any lemons but any tips would be awesome.




  
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Sep 06, 2013 21:16 |  #13

Easy, buy from others here on the PotN forum:

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/forumdis​play.php?f=14

And check out their seller ratings.

https://photography-on-the.net/forum/showthre​ad.php?t=28608


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Sep 06, 2013 21:42 |  #14

All my lens buy used. Normally my country buyer and seller prefer meet up to test and COD.


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Sep 08, 2013 10:35 |  #15

I also buy most of my photo gear used. Bought >300 lenses used. Most where OK.
But I got for example a 300/2.8 lens from overseas with not described fungus and damaged screw heads. This was in the pre-Paypal time :-/ This was not funny.
My 400/2.8 had some damages that where not described too - but it was even with these cheap enough - and I suppose that the female seller most likely was not the user of this lens and did not know about this problems, so I did not start a Paypal case. So I did some DIY repair.

At my 24/1.4 I found some early fungus, that has not etched the glass permanently. In this case I got the lens a bit cheaper, this was OK.

I like old used lenses, and like to buy very cheap. I do calculate with some issues, and sometimes there are - most time the lenses are good. Or nearly perfect.


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