Will lens resale prices increase?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Jothi, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. Chris Jothi

    Chris Jothi Guest

    Sooner rather than later digital SLRs will become extremely popular as
    the prices continue to fall.

    As I see Minolta AF lenses be sold on ebay for almost nothing I wonder
    whether their resale prices will go up as Minolta release their own
    DSLR, which will be able to use those lenses. The same goes for Nikon,
    Canon, Pentax etc.

    In other words, is now a better time than ever to buy lenses (if you
    need it, of course) before they become more desirable?

    Just a thought.
     
    Chris Jothi, Mar 1, 2004
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    Lewis Lang Guest

    Subject: Will lens resale prices increase?
    If you need it now, buy it now. ie. "Buy what you need when/if you need it."
    There's no telling what the future will bring (nobody break out into singing
    "Ke Sera sara" please :)). Like many other things, a wait and see attitude
    helps.

    "We shall see…"

    I know this kind of a response doesn't really answer your question but no
    matter how good the reasoning, the relationship between the average human
    prediction and its results are/can be quite far apart as Disneyland and Dizzy
    Gelespi (pardon my spelling). A guess is still no more than a well reasoned
    fantasy. Some people said that man will never fly or reach the moon, now
    they're the ones called "lunatics" ;-)
     
    Lewis Lang, Mar 1, 2004
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    Alan Browne Guest



    Minolta lenses have been selling well below their value as lenses:

    -the market for these lenses has always been less hot than Nikon/Canon.

    -the impression that Minolta would never get off their heinie and make a
    DSLR has caused some to switch to Canon or Nikon. (I recently picked up
    some Minolta accessories in new condition at 1/3 the SP from a fellow
    who had gone Canon).

    So, price v. quality is low (eg: value is high), and it is a good time
    to buy those lenses that are available. Esp. the high end lenses, they
    are the ones that are most undervalued right now. As the news spreads
    that Minolta are indeed coming out with a DSLR, the resistance to
    selling will go up.

    Cheers,
    Alan
     
    Alan Browne, Mar 1, 2004
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    Deathwalker Guest

    lunartic a flea in a space suit ;p
     
    Deathwalker, Mar 1, 2004
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  5. Skip that thought for Canon. I keep finding it cheaper to buy at B&H new,
    than Ebay for used (no joke). Hell, I started thinking of just ordering
    from Ebay and making a little money on the side.
     
    Robert Meyers, Mar 3, 2004
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    The Dave© Guest

    I've experienced the same thing. I'm considering upgrading from my
    28-105mm Mk II zoom to the 28-135mm IS. Ebay prices are ending
    anywhere from $30 less than B&H to $20 over. For basically the same
    price, B&H gets my vote.
     
    The Dave©, Mar 3, 2004
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    Quest0029 Guest

    WoW, don't know which auctions you're looking at but
    my experience has been FAR lower prices on ebay
    compared to B&H
     
    Quest0029, Mar 3, 2004
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    The Dave© Guest

    I'm referring to one lens specifically, the Canon 28-135 IS. It's
    probably in higher demand than most. Four out of the five lenses I own
    I've gotten off eBay in the past and done well.
     
    The Dave©, Mar 4, 2004
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    Bogrod Guest

    At risk of turning this into a bashing of ebay, you're not too far
    from the truth. I've seen Nikon battery packs get three times what
    they sell for brand new from B&H.

    Sometimes, the difference in price between ebay and anywhere else is
    just not worth sitting around and getting sniped over. Bidders will
    nickle & dime each other until the last minute, making whatever
    "savings" almost not worth the trouble.
     
    Bogrod, Mar 4, 2004
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