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Buying USED vs NEW lenses... Nikon 70-200 2.8...

the voyager

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Hi, I need / want to update to a 70-200mm as part of my upgrade plan. This will be the first lens I add to my kit.

I have a NIKON D7100 and it has done me well, I really want to get the d810, d850 or d750 bodies, but can't have it all... I think for now updating glass then body.

Has anyone had bad experiences buying used lenses off ebay?
 

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I would try MPB before anyone else, certainly before Ebay.
 

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eBay would be one the last place I would look, except for an idea on prices. MPB is a forum sponsor, but also they have a very good reputation.
 

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Yes good advice, what was I thinking!! Get what you pay for don't you!

The lens I want is only £200 less than brand new (£2000) on MPB.... £800-900 on bay.
 

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Yes good advice, what was I thinking!! Get what you pay for don't you!

The lens I want is only £200 less than brand new (£2000) on MPB.... £800-900 on bay.
That seems a big difference. Of course eBay is the asking price. Some lenses, the good ones, tend to retain their value. I have purchased several used lenses (I am in Canada, so MPB is not an option) and I have always bought them in person. I did this with my 70-200 f4 and then when I traded it in for the 70-200 f4 IS, and others.
 

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Buying lenses off ebay is ok as long as you can go and view before purchase, otherwise you take a chance.
 

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I use both. Look for good images of the lens on ebay and good feedback of the seller. I just picked one up half price of retail and it's perfect. it's also manual focus so not much can go wrong with it. I also highly recommend MPB. I always get bodies from them as I don't buy new camera gear any more as the depreciation is crazy on digital cameras.
 

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I’m not frightened of eBay but I do read the small print very carefully. There are various other dealers around like London Camera Exchange, Wex and so on.

This might be a helpful website: https://www.camerapricebuster.co.uk/
 
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