there's a Craiglist posting for a 35L. and when i went to check out the lens, there was a nick in the glass.. It was near the edge of the front element (looked as if it got bumped). As i tested the lens, the lens was wicked sharp, and it performed like a new one... it was tack sharp, and didnt require any micro adjustment.
when i tested the lens at f22, the nick was not even in the image... and even though i saw dust in my sensor, the nick was not visible as it was out of the image circle
this guy was selling the lens for half of the price of a new one... a new one costs 1700 after taxes (12%), and this one costs 950. (we're in canada)
i found another one, and this guy has claimed that it's mint... i havent yet tested this lens and this goes for 1250.
what do you guys think... nick and save 300, mint and not save 300 or buy new...
i have no intention in reselling this lens. I want this lens and it seems to be the perfect match for the 5dii.