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Feb 04, 2014 14:58 as a reply to  @ post 16662065 |  #7801

Hello all,

I have a chance to buy a used Canon 100-400 L lens for about $850. I've never purchased a used lens so I'm a bit hesitant I looked at it and it looks good. Didn't see any dust or fungus in it and it looks well taken care of. The date code on it shows its an April 2005 version. Do you guys think it's a good idea to buy such an old lens? Any tips or feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.


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Feb 04, 2014 18:07 |  #7802

canalero wrote in post #16663391 (external link)
Hello all,

I have a chance to buy a used Canon 100-400 L lens for about $850. I've never purchased a used lens so I'm a bit hesitant I looked at it and it looks good. Didn't see any dust or fungus in it and it looks well taken care of. The date code on it shows its an April 2005 version. Do you guys think it's a good idea to buy such an old lens? Any tips or feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

Looks fair, if u're buying in a shop u should ask about some 3 months warranty. Yet u should consider for similar price u got Sigma 120-400 or 150-500 new, with at least 2 years warranty; they got good stabilization too.
For sports and birds, i found AF and IS ok; someone says the lens design is aging, and sigma OS is more effective.
Despite actually is old, IMHO, the deal of the canon is the push-pull zoom, i LOVE it :D it's addictive and with practice u can get nice stuff; here i zoomed out for the fight, 1/5000, F6.3, 220MM, iso1000

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Fight, Fight, Fight (external link) by sokolskij (external link), on Flickr

FLiCKR (external link) 400D gripped. 1DMK4. PELENG 8MM Fisheye. 10-22 EF-S. ELLO (external link) Σ 12-24 ii. 20-35. 40MM. 24-105. 300 2.8. 100-400. Sammy 800. TUMBLR (external link)

  
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Feb 04, 2014 18:30 |  #7803

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Feb 04, 2014 18:36 |  #7804

I think duymy is taking this lens in new directions. Some of the best shots I've seen in this thread! Bravo!!


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Feb 04, 2014 18:43 |  #7805

Thanks for the info, I'm going to check the Sigmas. BTW great shot! Nice job!

METAL1 wrote in post #16663914 (external link)
Looks fair, if u're buying in a shop u should ask about some 3 months warranty. Yet u should consider for similar price u got Sigma 120-400 or 150-500 new, with at least 2 years warranty; they got good stabilization too.
For sports and birds, i found AF and IS ok; someone says the lens design is aging, and sigma OS is more effective.
Despite actually is old, IMHO, the deal of the canon is the push-pull zoom, i LOVE it :D it's addictive and with practice u can get nice stuff; here i zoomed out for the fight, 1/5000, F6.3, 220MM, iso1000
QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/sokolskij/96630​71170/  (external link)
Fight, Fight, Fight (external link) by sokolskij (external link), on Flickr


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Feb 04, 2014 21:52 |  #7806

canalero wrote in post #16663391 (external link)
Hello all,

I have a chance to buy a used Canon 100-400 L lens for about $850. I've never purchased a used lens so I'm a bit hesitant I looked at it and it looks good. Didn't see any dust or fungus in it and it looks well taken care of. The date code on it shows its an April 2005 version. Do you guys think it's a good idea to buy such an old lens? Any tips or feedback would be appreciated. Thanks in advance.

$850 is a very good price. Second hand 100-400 usually run around $1150-$1250. Since the lens design has not changed, the date code is not all that important. Just make sure you get the tripod foot and the lens hood as well. Box and pouch are nice, but won't help you shooting....

I cannot imagine you will get any warranty - 30 day return maybe. Another option (more expensive) is to buy a refurbished lens from the Canon direct store. They cover 1 year warranty and are top notch quality.

BTW, IMHO the 100-400 beats the Sigmas (120-400,50-500, 150-500) hands down in image quality.

Cheers.


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Feb 04, 2014 22:24 |  #7807

I had the Sigma 50-500 OS and I have the Canon 100-400. The Sigma does great when things are close (i.e. dragonfly photography with ext. tubes). However, I went back to Canon 100-400 due to IQ. I will say at the time I was using LR3 when I had the Sigma. When I updated RAW files with LR5, it did improve. The Canon is slightly better IMHO than Sigma. The Sigma sucked at 50 to 150 range. I wish I had for the reach for dragonfly photography though. The focus was much slower to me with the Sigma as well. Not an issue with macro as I used manual focus.

I also had the Sigma 1.4 extender and it was useless. IQ suffered greatly.

To keep on track with the thread:

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Feb 04, 2014 22:42 |  #7808

Thanks for the info and that is an amazing shot!
Sorry didn't mean to mess up the thread with my question guys, just thought it I'd ask here since it's about the Canon 100-400.

lhoy wrote in post #16664461 (external link)
I had the Sigma 50-500 OS and I have the Canon 100-400. The Sigma does great when things are close (i.e. dragonfly photography with ext. tubes). However, I went back to Canon 100-400 due to IQ. I will say at the time I was using LR3 when I had the Sigma. When I updated RAW files with LR5, it did improve. The Canon is slightly better IMHO than Sigma. The Sigma sucked at 50 to 150 range. I wish I had for the reach for dragonfly photography though. The focus was much slower to me with the Sigma as well. Not an issue with macro as I used manual focus.

I also had the Sigma 1.4 extender and it was useless. IQ suffered greatly.

To keep on track with the thread:

QUOTED IMAGE
IMAGE LINK: http://www.flickr.com/​photos/leehoy/91717579​08/  (external link)
2012_09_22_186.jpg (external link) by Lee Hoy (external link), on Flickr


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Feb 04, 2014 22:45 |  #7809

Yeah that's all they'll give me is 30 days, I'm glad you mentioned that about the Sigmas. I prefer staying with Canon anyways.

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$850 is a very good price. Second hand 100-400 usually run around $1150-$1250. Since the lens design has not changed, the date code is not all that important. Just make sure you get the tripod foot and the lens hood as well. Box and pouch are nice, but won't help you shooting....

I cannot imagine you will get any warranty - 30 day return maybe. Another option (more expensive) is to buy a refurbished lens from the Canon direct store. They cover 1 year warranty and are top notch quality.

BTW, IMHO the 100-400 beats the Sigmas (120-400,50-500, 150-500) hands down in image quality.

Cheers.


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Feb 05, 2014 09:54 as a reply to  @ canalero's post |  #7810

A couple of shots taken on a rented lens on a recent trip to Antarctica where it never left my side.

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Feb 05, 2014 15:44 as a reply to  @ fairygen's post |  #7811

F5.6, 1/1600, 400ISO @400mm

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Feb 05, 2014 20:00 |  #7812

Hi,

Recently I purchased a used 100-400L that arrived on Monday. From the test pictures that I took at the Salisbury Beach MA on Tuesday here are some examples.

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This one is about 100% crop.

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Winter time on horseback

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Morning light

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A deep crop of Spike

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The male red brested merganser

IMAGE: http://jack-dorsey.smugmug.com/Nature/Canon-100-400mm-Test/i-ksQDhZv/0/XL/IMG_4301-2-XL.jpg

I've got 15 days to return or replace the lens if it seems like a bad lens but so far it looks good to me. Tomorrow I plan to try a place where there will be lots of birds flying to try BIF shots.

I have a 400 5.6 L that I'm planning on selling if the 100-400 works out for me.

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Feb 05, 2014 23:57 |  #7813

sawsedge wrote in post #16663956 (external link)
Outstanding!

Scrumhalf wrote in post #16663969 (external link)
I think duymy is taking this lens in new directions. Some of the best shots I've seen in this thread! Bravo!!

Thank you sawsedge and Scrumhalf! :)


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Feb 06, 2014 00:02 |  #7815

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