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Apr 07, 2013 13:24 |  #1

I'm going to buy a 300/f4 L IS USM and I've found a seller that I am comfortable with and he just sent me some photos of the lens. He is a mature and respected member on a photography forum and he said this might be a small scratch on the anti-reflective treatment on the surface of the lens. Just wanna hear your opinions guys.

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Apr 07, 2013 13:33 |  #2

'might be a small scratch'? Definitely looks scratched to me. However, the fact is that they will probably have no impact on IQ whatsoever. But it would be nice to get an extra 10-20% off the lens price.

But I know some people (especially now it seems) are anal about their gear and scratches and others think gear must have been treated badly to get scratched up.


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Apr 07, 2013 13:38 |  #3

Accidents do happen, but it still says a lot about how the person treats his/her gear. Lenses don't scratch themselves after all.

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Apr 07, 2013 13:47 |  #4

windlight wrote in post #15800476 (external link)
Accidents do happen, but it still says a lot about how the person treats his/her gear. Lenses don't scratch themselves after all.

Well I can imagine stalking wildlife though brush with the lens and having a branch or something scratch the front element. It looks more like that kind of scratch than as if he dropped it or something.

I guess looking at it again though, that main scratch is not all that light - some of the others are really very minor.


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Apr 07, 2013 13:58 |  #5

Yeah he definitely didn't drop it, I'm uploading a few more photos of it he sent me today.

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Apr 07, 2013 14:00 |  #6

Also note this lens costs $1700 new and it goes for around $1100-1200 (he sells it for $1200) used here in Sweden. Would I be better off buying it new or not?


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Apr 07, 2013 14:29 |  #7

I bought a lens like that my 70-200 off a forum. I have included a pic of my scratch. I immediately had some buyers remorse after buying it b/c I was pretty new to the game and was afraid I got ripped off, even though articles and everyone said it'd be fine. Turns out it was fine. I saved $, got a good (yet old) lens. I continue to use it and will do so till it croaks, then I will buy a brand new one.

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Here is a picture of the lens itself. The "scratch" is 8mm and theres a few smaller ones that didnt show up in that pic. If you can get a good deal on this lens, I would recommend it as it's a good savings, esp if you are just getting started.

Have the seller send you pics at various apertures as well as a sunflare pic.

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Apr 07, 2013 14:46 |  #8

Oh please! You guys call that a scratch? This is a scratch: http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/front-element-scratches (external link)

The snake oil salesmen who try to get you to buy protective filters for your lens don't want you to know that the front element on any premium-grade lens is already a protective barrier for the actual fragile elements inside.
Did you know that the fluorite element in a lens can crack if you so much as put a single drop of water on it while it's above room temperature? ED glass is susceptible to temperature shock too, but to a much lesser degree.


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Apr 07, 2013 15:30 |  #9

He now sent me a picture taken with the lens (2011-03-10) on a 5D II.

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Apr 07, 2013 15:32 |  #10

That one is taken wide open.


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Apr 07, 2013 15:59 as a reply to  @ JohanBorjesson's post |  #11

The scratch will have no impact on the image quality of you photos. It may introduce a small amount of flare, using a sharpie to 'fill in' the scratch will help.

Are you getting a deal on the lens? Just like you are questioning this lens purchase, so will the buyers if you ever want to sell the lens.


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Apr 07, 2013 16:01 |  #12

DavidR wrote in post #15800858 (external link)
The scratch will have no impact on the image quality of you photos. It may introduce a small amount of flare, using a sharpie to 'fill in' the scratch will help.

Are you getting a deal on the lens? Just like you are questioning this lens purchase, so will the buyers if you ever want to sell the lens.

I haven't asked him yet.


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Apr 07, 2013 17:26 |  #13

That scratch covers some tiny fraction of one percent of the lens area; its impact on image quality will be undetectable.




  
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Apr 07, 2013 18:06 |  #14

Have to agree...
It won't have any effect.
Have a read of this http://kurtmunger.com/​dirty_lens_articleid35​.html (external link)
and this http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/front-element-scratches (external link)


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Apr 07, 2013 18:39 |  #15

Kolor-Pikker wrote in post #15800663 (external link)
Oh please! You guys call that a scratch? This is a scratch: http://www.lensrentals​.com …0/front-element-scratches (external link)

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