Posts Tagged ‘Used’

My Favorite Lens

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When I upgraded to my full-frame camera last year, it meant retiring my wonderful EF-S IS USM 17-55mm f/2.8 lens. It was the best lens I knew of for the APS-C sensor camera. It’s as close to an ‘L’ series lens as you can get in build and image quality and with extremely fast focus speeds and Image Stabilization. I was shocked at how excellent hand-held shots turned out in low light environments. It was a good enough wide angle lens that I used for both indoor events and shooting landscapes; it’s sharp, has great color rendition, and with IS it was almost permanently attached to my camera from the day I bought it.

But now I’m selling it on Ebay! Here’s a summery of it’s condition:

I’ve used this lens a lot and have never had a problem with it. I bought it from Adorama refurbished and used it regularly for about 3 years. There is some dust inside the barrel but nothing that effects image quality. There is one very small scratch on the front glass element, as well as a scratch on the exterior of the lens near the focus ring. The rest of the lens is in perfect condition and there is no impact damage. In terms of functionality, lens creep is noticeable as is expected with normal use over time with this lens.

The auxiliary UV filter, lens hood and front lens cap that come with the lens have noticeable wear, but they fulfill their functions flawlessly and there are no scratches on the filter glass. The photos show no sign of distortion and image quality is still as sharp as the day I bought it. The lens is solid and in my opinion will last a long, long time.

Please email me at james@lenspiration.com if you are interested in buying it or have any questions!

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It Has Arrived!

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II has now started it’s active service after arriving in the mail today! Besides popping in the battery and releasing the shutter a few times to hear what it sounded like and to test the video function, I haven’t done much with it yet. I’m looking forward to fiddling around with it more when I get the time. It shouldn’t be too long.  Canon-EOS-5D-Mark-II-with-24-105mm-Lens

This is the first time I have ever purchased a used piece of equipment. I usually purchase equipment new or refurbished, but with a camera of this rank and durability, I couldn’t afford it new, refurbished wasn’t much better a price, and the fellow I bought it from had hardly used it, took great care of it and showed how it had less than 6,000 shutter actuations. Of course there’s always the risk, but with the 5D’s life-expectancy of 150,000 clicks, I figured I would take it.

I also don’t usually purchase used equipment because it’s harder to re-sell when I want to upgrade. As things stand right now, however, I will never upgrade this camera. If photography pursuits do require an upgrade in the future, the 5D would simply stay in my possession as a backup.

It Has Been Sold!

It seems to have happened so suddenly, but after months of deliberation and searching for a new owner, I can now say that my trusty, rock-solid Canon 40D camera has been sold! I’ll miss my constant companion of three years, but it served me well while I had it and I’m confident that it will serve it’s new owner for many years to come.

The 40D has traveled faithfully with me through 6 different countries, 5 Canadian provinces, and 35 states in the USA. From the misty hills of West Virginia to the vast expanse of western Canada, from alpine peaks in the Sierra Nevada’s to dusty wastelands of the Peruvian coast, from desert beaches to tropical islands . . . it hasn’t skipped a beat, not once has it given up, always ready, always consistent, always doing it’s very best!

I admire durable cameras, and though the 40D isn’t said to be waterproof, it has not failed me in sleet, snow, sunshine or salt water spray. I hope I’ve returned the favor by doing my best to protect it, trying to never give opportunity for a fall or an unnecessary beating, ultimately entrusting it to God to protect it from accidents and premature death.

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But now it’s time to look forward to the future. With technology always on the move and the 6D and 5D Mark III in the spotlight, I’ve set my sights on the 5D Mark II, an excellent 2008 model that everyone seems to want to upgrade from now. This is good news for budget photographers like me. Getting a $2,500 release-era camera for as much as half the price today is worth the wait. That is, if I can find one. I’m looking around, and if you or anyone you know is selling their Canon 5D Mark II, let me know, and only the Lord knows what missions we will embark on together in the coming years!.

What about Refurbished?

Recently, someone asked me, “Would you have any apprehensions about refurbished cameras? Do you know of anyone who has purchased one?” These are good questions. First, not only are they asking for my opinion, but they also want some insight from someone who has experience. Well, they have come to the right place. Not only do I have an opinion on the matter, but I also have some experience.

The last picture taken with the 20DLast November, I needed to upgrade. My first digital camera, a faithful 20D, died on a trip to Mexico City, and I was looking to replace my kit 18-55mm lens. I figured it would be best to do my research all at once and buy them both at the same time. Due to funds, I found I could feasibly purchase what I was looking for at Adorama if I bought them refurbished or used. I was apprehensive at first because I had never bought anything that wasn’t completely new before, but after some study, I came to the following conclusion:

  • Refurbished is worth the risk; used is not!

The difference between Refurbished and Used can be significant. Refurbished usually means that someone bought the camera, opened it, decided they didn’t like it, and sent it back to the manufacturer. Why they didn’t like it is where you have to take the risk. Perhaps it malfunctioned. Perhaps it had missing parts. Perhaps they just didn’t like the way it looked. Whatever the reason, once a camera is sent back, it can’t be sold as new anymore. Thus, they make the necessary repairs, run it through whatever functionality tests are required, and, if it passes, they put it up for sale as a refurbished item.

On the other hand, Used refers to a camera that someone has had for a while and has sold it back to the manufacturer for any number of reasons. It’s impossible to gauge the health of a used camera. The outward appearance might be excellent, but there is no way of telling what the inside condition is. Used cameras are cheap and you might get just as much life out of them as you would a new camera; it’s just that the changes are slim.

So, speaking from both opinion and experience, I would take the risk to buy a refurbished camera. Though I am only speaking from six months of light and occasional use, both my refurbished camera and lens are doing just fine.