Used Canon lens prices seem too high

Discussion in 'Canon' started by SMS, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. SMS

    SMS Guest

    I was looking at getting a EF-s 17-85 IS lens. B&H has the import
    white-box version for $419, and it includes a 1 year warranty (from B&H
    if Canon won't honor the warranty, which is sufficient for me).

    On craigslist, I found someone selling one for $340, and I offered $300
    but and he would not come down that low. I think that 2/3 of the new
    price for an item with no warranty is more than fair (I offered a bit
    more than 2/3 because it included a lens hood and a filter).

    I guess it's a good thing that Canon lenses hold their value so well,
    though I was hoping for some better deals on EF-s lenses from owners
    that upgraded to full frame.
     
    SMS, Sep 23, 2009
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  2. SMS

    SMS Guest

    I guess when people pay too much for something they expect to sell it
    used for too much as well.

    I guess it's a win-win situation, they don't sell their lens for less
    than they want, and I get a new lens with a warranty.

    Or maybe it's a lose-lose situation, they are stuck with a lens that
    they don't want because they won't come down to a more reasonable price,
    and I'm spending more than I really want to spend.

    The guy with the lens on craigslist has two of them, one came with his
    40D and one he had for a previous Canon 1.6 crop factor D-SLR. Who
    knows, maybe he'll find someone to pay his price.

    Funny thing about craigslist is the things I've put up there that I'm
    sure no one will want are the things I get the most calls about, then I
    kick myself for not asking more money for them. I sold an old stainless
    steel sink in an outdoor cart which I was sure I'd have to give away on
    FreeCycle, and I got about eight replies and someone drove 75 miles to
    get it.
     
    SMS, Sep 24, 2009
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  3. SMS

    Guest Guest

    the (overpriced) novoflex adapter provides a way to use canon fd lenses
    (and many other brands) with olympus 4/3rds cameras, so if manual
    focusing is not an issue, you can still use them on a digital camera.
     
    Guest, Sep 24, 2009
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  4. SMS

    Guest Guest

    you should actually try it (which you haven't done) before dismissing
    it.
     
    Guest, Sep 24, 2009
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  5. SMS

    Guest Guest

    it's amazing how you can be familiar with an adapter that has not yet
    shipped.

    in other words, you are full of it (as usual).
     
    Guest, Sep 25, 2009
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  6. SMS

    Guest Guest

    read what i wrote more carefully.
    nope.
     
    Guest, Sep 25, 2009
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  7. SMS

    Robert Coe Guest

    : I was looking at getting a EF-s 17-85 IS lens. B&H has the import
    : white-box version for $419, and it includes a 1 year warranty (from B&H
    : if Canon won't honor the warranty, which is sufficient for me).
    :
    : On craigslist, I found someone selling one for $340, and I offered $300
    : but and he would not come down that low. I think that 2/3 of the new
    : price for an item with no warranty is more than fair (I offered a bit
    : more than 2/3 because it included a lens hood and a filter).
    :
    : I guess it's a good thing that Canon lenses hold their value so well,
    : though I was hoping for some better deals on EF-s lenses from owners
    : that upgraded to full frame.

    Guess what? Most of those who can afford to upgrade to FF can afford to keep
    their 40D as a backup. And for those occasions when they want to stretch the
    reach of their telephoto lenses.

    Rule No. 1 of free-enterprise economics: If you don't like the price of a
    non-essential object, don't buy it.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Sep 25, 2009
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  8. SMS

    Irwell Guest

    Rule No,.2 =there is no 'free' in free enterprise.
     
    Irwell, Sep 25, 2009
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  9. SMS

    Robert Coe Guest

    : On Thu, 24 Sep 2009 21:27:35 -0400, Robert Coe wrote:
    :
    :
    :
    : >
    : > Rule No. 1 of free-enterprise economics: If you don't like the price of a
    : > non-essential object, don't buy it.
    : >
    : > Bob
    :
    : Rule No,.2 =there is no 'free' in free enterprise.

    Rule No. 3: "Free-enterprise capitalism" is an oxymoron.

    Bob
     
    Robert Coe, Sep 26, 2009
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