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

the voyager

Here a lot
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?
 

DonS

Stuck in Toronto
Moderator
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.
 

the voyager

Here a lot
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.
 

DonS

Stuck in Toronto
Moderator
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.
 

Newbandit

Always on
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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