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Jul 15, 2009 18:46 |  #1

Aside from knowing how old or when your lens was made, if you have a good sharp copy, what is the real significance (assuming there were no technological differences/upgrades)? I can see if perhaps there were known issues for a certain batch in a given year (haven't really heard of many), but what other reasons are there to necessarily care?

isn't a good, sharp lens a good, sharp lens regardless?

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Jul 15, 2009 18:56 |  #2

I have a 13 year old 400 5.6. Love it. Nothing wrong with it, and I got the case that came with it which is actually leather instead of the crappy nylon BS canon sells now.


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Jul 15, 2009 19:02 |  #3

Yes, but keep in mind that a lens has moving parts. I would take a newer sharp lens over an older sharp lens anyday.

But age doesn't necessarily mean its gonna last longer. I had an 18 year old 50mm Mk1 that worked great. And than I bought a new L lens last year that had AF issues and needed to be repaired by Canon after about 2 weeks.


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Jul 16, 2009 00:03 |  #4

I understand buying the newest lens when given the choice. But is there ever a need to replace a lens? Or is a lens longevity based on upkeep and recalibrations?


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Jul 17, 2009 20:40 |  #5

I had recently bought a used 17-40 f/4 L off eBay and forgot to ask about the date code.

when i received the lens, the date code was UR, which I believe is the first year that lens came out (2003). However, the lens is amazing, fast and sharp! I think the only difference between my copy and the newer copies (I hear anyway), is that the switches on my copy had a small bump, where the newer ones are more flat against the body.

I guess it depends on how you take care of it. of course just because it was made in 2003 doesn't mean it wasn't sitting on a shelf somewhere for a long while before it was initially purchased.


how often would you say a lens needs calibration? I don't guess it's like "changing the oil" in your car. I haven't seen any problems with my lens at all so far.


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Jul 17, 2009 21:16 |  #6

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I had recently bought a used 17-40 f/4 L off eBay and forgot to ask about the date code.

when i received the lens, the date code was UR, which I believe is the first year that lens came out (2003). However, the lens is amazing, fast and sharp!

Would you have bought the lens if you knew the date code in advance?


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Jul 17, 2009 21:27 |  #7

I would buy the newer lens. It's a peace of mind thing.




  
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Jul 17, 2009 21:31 as a reply to  @ RyanQ's post |  #8

I have Nikkor lenses dating back to the late '70s.. All work as if new..


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Jul 17, 2009 22:33 |  #9

If I knew the date code ahead of time, I may have asked for more of a discount :D


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Jul 17, 2009 22:42 |  #10

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Would you have bought the lens if you knew the date code in advance?

I bought a new one...I sent it in to Canon this week to be calibrated. It wasn't focusing on anything...in AF or MF...


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Jul 17, 2009 23:38 |  #11

duntov wrote in post #8299737 (external link)
I bought a new one...I sent it in to Canon this week to be calibrated. It wasn't focusing on anything...in AF or MF...

so in a sense it doesn't really matter...luck of the draw...old or new...

if i understand some of the replies, a lens never really loses its usefulness in being able to take solid pictures. this is reassuring as this is an expensive hobby and it really can be seen as an investment then.....until you get bored of it and want a new lens for the heck of it! :wink:

for those who have gotten their lenses recalibrated, how much does this cost?


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Jul 18, 2009 00:46 |  #12

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Aside from knowing how old or when your lens was made, if you have a good sharp copy, what is the real significance (assuming there were no technological differences/upgrades)? I can see if perhaps there were known issues for a certain batch in a given year (haven't really heard of many), but what other reasons are there to necessarily care?

isn't a good, sharp lens a good, sharp lens regardless?

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yes but if you are buying a used lens would you rather have one that's a year old or five years old?

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Jul 18, 2009 01:41 |  #13

ed rader wrote in post #8300300 (external link)
yes but if you are buying a used lens would you rather have one that's a year old or five years old?

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yep, agreed that it makes sense to get the newer one. Other than the "newness" factor, I wanted to confirm if there were any other pros/cons worth noting specifically related to performance, but there doesn't seem to be any.

Anyone care to chime in on the cost of recalibrating, if and when needed? Just wanted to get an idea of how much basic maintenace was if warranted.


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Jul 18, 2009 07:17 |  #14

yihochin wrote in post #8287163 (external link)
Yes, but keep in mind that a lens has moving parts. I would take a newer sharp lens over an older sharp lens anyday.

Even if it was a newer lens used heavily by a working pro for a year? I think I'd rather have an older lens owned by an enthusiast who babied their equipment and used the lens moderately. Rather than "what's the date code" I think the important question should be how often has it been used...


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Jul 18, 2009 10:29 |  #15

I have a 21 year old Canon 70-210 f4 and a 40 year old Vivitar 300mm both pin sharp and hundreds of pounds cheaper than the modern equivalents


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