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Are All Lenses Created Equal...

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I think you might be assuming it's the f/2.8 version as that was your search criteria but it is in fact the f/4?
 

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I think you might be assuming it's the f/2.8 version as that was your search criteria but it is in fact the f/4?
Oh damn yes, I wanted the f2.8! Good spot!! Not sure how that happened!!!!
 

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What is the AVERAGE price on these... i was assuming around £1300?????
 

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As long as you buy from a reputable dealer there’s very little risk at buying second hand in my experience
 

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The best place for uk prices is https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Canon/Canon-EF-lenses

Personally I often go grey import if there's big saving to be had and I've used E-Infinty a few times, if you can live without IS they have the 70-200 2.8 non IS for a steal at £750 at the moment. They only appear to have that and the f/4 at the moment though otherwise HDEW are worth a try too.
 

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The price quoted is the standard price set by Canon. Any authorized Canon dealer selling Canon products for less than the established price will lose their authorization.
 

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HDEW are doing the 2.8 IS MKIII for £1309 at the moment. I’ve used them before and would use them again.
 

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HDEW are doing the 2.8 IS MKIII for £1309 at the moment. I’ve used them before and would use them again.
How can it be £600 cheaper than anywhere else?
 

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It’s a Grey import with a one year manufacturers warranty. Cheaper than some second hand retailers.
 
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Hi are these grey import???
Seems cheap for a USM III 2.8 L???
 

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The best place for uk prices is https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/Canon/Canon-EF-lenses

Personally I often go grey import if there's big saving to be had and I've used E-Infinty a few times, if you can live without IS they have the 70-200 2.8 non IS for a steal at £750 at the moment. They only appear to have that and the f/4 at the moment though otherwise HDEW are worth a try too.
I second that :)

I have used HDEW for grey imports and not had any problems with either the company or the kit. Also, as DonS alludes, used is a good route to go. I got my Canon EF 100-400 USM that route and has been a goto lens for a number of years
 

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I second that :)

I have used HDEW for grey imports and not had any problems with either the company or the kit. Also, as DonS alludes, used is a good route to go. I got my Canon EF 100-400 USM that route and has been a goto lens for a number of years
I think with my last experience og going to view a used lens and body I am well put off!

I look after my gear, and want to know every hug and kiss I give it will be keep it working like a new lens for many years to come!

Though I agree some deals to be had on ebay, but it's finding that genuine seller.
 

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Agree with not using eBay for used camera gear, there are a lot of crooks out there, and you have little or no comeback. 2nd hand from physical retailers is ok though as you can see what you are getting. Also, I see you are based in the UK. I have used MPB a few times and all kit comes with a guarantee, albeit a lot of times you can get a brand new grey import for cheaper than second hand from their site...
 

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Well I bought the 70-200 2.8 IS USM 3 for £1300... Not too bad considering used USM2 IS costing £900-1100 used... Hopefully it will be all good.
 

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HDEW are excellent in my opinion....bought several lenses and bodies from them....and no problem trading them to MPB when I've upgraded.
 

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HDEW are excellent in my opinion....bought several lenses and bodies from them....and no problem trading them to MPB when I've upgraded.
Me too!
 

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Enjoy your new toy. It’s a cracking lens
 
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