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Should I sell 55-250?

 
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Jul 25, 2010 03:29 |  #1

I currently have my 15-85 attached to my 50D most of the time now. My first lens was the 50mm 1.8, then the 55-250, and now the 15-85. I got a pretty good deal on the 55-250 used and I bought it thinking I would use it. It has been over a month and I never even touched it. I mounted it to do a few test shots, but it has never been on my 50D each time I go out. Should I sell it? My only concern is that I got it for a pretty good price off POTN, what if I ever need that focal length? I mainly shoot friends' cars and portraits. :confused:


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Jul 25, 2010 03:31 |  #2

No point in keeping stuff you dont use.


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Jul 25, 2010 03:35 |  #3

muusers wrote in post #10598609 (external link)
No point in keeping stuff you dont use.

+1sell it to fund for a lens you want!


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Jul 25, 2010 04:09 |  #4

I struggled with that decision too, but used it for the 1st time (in a long time) on an ocean cruiser last night.

Pics were fantastic. For the modest amount these lenses are worth I'd hang onto it...just in case.


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Jul 25, 2010 04:21 |  #5

I'd say, give it a try before actually selling it. Go out with it attached and force yourself to use it just for one day. Once you know its real capabilities, you'll know if you need it or not.

I like to use it for portraits from afar. The bokeh is acceptable and the models don't get intimidated because you can put some distance. (This is specially good for family outdoors because you get more natural expressions).

I also like it as a walkaround lens. You can't take wide shots obviously, but you can seek details everywhere and shot them from afar.


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Jul 25, 2010 05:09 |  #6

I just put it up for sale. The money I get from selling it can fund a 430exii or a Sigma 30mm f/1.4!


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Jul 25, 2010 06:56 |  #7

Honestly there seems to be a glut of them right now, good luck with your sale! I've kept mine as I don't know that it is worth getting $200 or less back for it...


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Jul 25, 2010 07:25 |  #8

A month is not a very long time to know if you like a lens or not. When i got my 85mm f/1.8 I did not use it much at first and thought about selling it, but when i started using it for portraits I fell it love with it and it's in my bag to stay.

Try using it for portraits, long lenses are especially nice and are more "flattering" to the subject then wider lenses. If you like using it eventually you might want to upgrade to one of the 70-200L lenses. Either way I say keep it for 6months unless you NEED the money for something else, such as a good flash (which is a necessity if you do portraits.)


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Jul 25, 2010 13:06 |  #9

i'd take it out for a day or so, and only allow yourself to use that lens...it might make you see things in a different way...more of a telephoto type of way of looking at things...if you still don't like it...sell it

you may have to drop your price a bit though, as someone can spend $10 more for a 1 year warranty from adorama


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Jul 25, 2010 18:33 |  #10

DreDaze wrote in post #10600338 (external link)
i'd take it out for a day or so, and only allow yourself to use that lens...it might make you see things in a different way...more of a telephoto type of way of looking at things...if you still don't like it...sell it

you may have to drop your price a bit though, as someone can spend $10 more for a 1 year warranty from adorama

I looked at this very sale, but I hesitated for this reason. With the flood of "new" units being sold by people who purchased them from Target when they dumped them out of their stores @$75 each a few weeks ago. (Why can't I find one of these deals?)

Also, you have only had it a week, but if I read it right, you bought it used, so you put 25 through it, but how was it used when you bought it?? Maybe I read it wrong.


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Jul 25, 2010 18:50 |  #11

If you are here asking this question in the first place its time to put it on the block. Dont need us to tell you to sell of something you are not using. A good deal isnt so good because even a dirty rag can be a dust collector and they are really cheap!




  
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Jul 25, 2010 20:52 |  #12

I don't use my 55-250 much either since I got the 15-85, but I've decided I'm going to keep it for a few reason. It's very compact and lightweight so carrying it around is no problem and you never know when you might need the longer FL, also it's so cheap now that selling it won't gain me very much. Even after I upgrade bodies and get the 70-200 later, I'll still keep the 55-250 & kit lens for my 450D, it will make a great starter kit for my daughter.


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Jul 26, 2010 01:26 as a reply to  @ Stone 13's post |  #13

I dunno . . . . you can get by NEVER needing over 85mm? It's not like it's a $1500 sitting around doing nothing. It's less than $200 standing by for some day when you're going to be glad you have it.

It happens to be a very highly regarded "cheap" lens. Probably the best available in that focal range even at twice the price. What is it really costing you to keep in around?

I say keep it. You'll use it eventually.


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Jul 26, 2010 05:18 |  #14

I really don't know when I would ever even use this lens. I'm a college student and money is tight. I'm in the process of saving for a 430exii. Selling this would pretty much complete funding it.


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Jul 26, 2010 05:22 |  #15

I sold mine and ended up buying it again. I have a 70-200 2.8, but this little bugger is one heck of a lens for the money! Everybody shooting styles are different....85mm is just not enough reach for me.

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