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Anyone need a 500mm f/4 IS lens?

Marc Felber , Jul 17, 2009; 12:52 p.m.

If anyone needs a Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens Sammy has a used one for sale right now on ebay. I don't work for sammy's just trying to pass some info to my fellow photo net users since the price they are selling for is very low for the IS version. Great deal for those need to get into the 500mm lens area.



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Lorne Hampel , Jul 17, 2009; 01:35 p.m.

They seem to have an unknown reserve. May not be such a good deal.

Charles Griffin , Jul 17, 2009; 01:50 p.m.

They have a buy it now for 4299. You can assume that the reserve is no more than a hundred or so below that.

The photos show it as pretty well chewed up on the tripod mount and elsewhere, no hood, big dent in front rim, dust trapped between elements.

I think they have unrealistic expectations in this sale.

Peter Y , Jul 17, 2009; 01:51 p.m.

My guess is the buy it now price is the reserve price as well...

Philip To , Jul 17, 2009; 02:20 p.m.

When you see both "reserve" and "buy it now", you should skip it. Spending $4300 for a heavily used Canon 500mm f/4L IS, I pass.

Clayton Tullos , Jul 17, 2009; 03:04 p.m.

It might be just the color temp, but the paint looks a little yellow. Smoker?

Larry H. - Atlanta, GA , Jul 17, 2009; 04:06 p.m.

I have a related question... How much would you folks be willing to spend on a heavily used 300mm f2.8L IS? I just bought one and have a 10 day return privilege. Although the paint is very, very worn, the optics, mechanics and electronics seem to be great. It just arrived 30 minutes ago. I plan to put it through more formal testing over the weekend. I just want to get an idea if I paid too much for it. After I get an idea of what value you would place on it, I will add another post with the price I paid if you are curious. Thanks, Larry

Puppy Face , Jul 17, 2009; 08:04 p.m.

Well, check KEH "bargain" rated 300 2.8L and subtract 30 or 40% for lack of warranty (they have a short warranty with returns possible). Realize the market is a bit slow now, so things on Ebay and FM tend to sell a lot cheaper than KEH used prices.

Diana D. , Jul 17, 2009; 10:18 p.m.

Larry H: I have seen the 300mm F2.8 going for around US $3500-$3700 (in mint condition, sometimes with some warranty left) in the photography-on-the-net forum. How much did you pay ?

As for the 500mm F4, a great condition one can be bought for around US $4700 on the same forum. The lens hood alone costs $ 546 at B&H, and this one advertised on Ebay has that one missing :)

Marc Felber , Jul 17, 2009; 10:34 p.m.

Since the Canon 300mm f2.8 in mint condition sells for $3,500+. I would pay around $2, 200 for one that is dinged up pretty bad.

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