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Lenses / Any idea when the 24-70 f/4 L is going to be cheaper?
« on: September 19, 2013, 12:40:06 PM »
A bit of a ramble, but just looking for some feedback.

I shoot on a 6D, I recently damaged the focus ring on my 24-105L, and repair for it was quoted at $300.  The ring is very stiff to rotate, which basically makes me unable to smoothly focus while shooting video.  The autofocus still works fine though, so I continue to use it for still photography, which is about 85% of the work I do anyway.  The lens is less than a year old, but even that with what it is worth, I'm a bit hesitant to spend that money on a repair that isn't critical.

I have an idea to try to sell the lens for a low-ball amount as-is (maybe $400), thinking someone who only shoots stills may find use for it.  I also have a 17-55 f/2.8 that I was using before I got the 6D, and it pretty much useless to me now since I can't mount it on a full-frame.  My reasoning is that if I sell both lenses, I can put the money towards the new 24-70 f/4.

Being that it is still so new though, the price is a bit high for my tastes.  It is no doubt an excellent lens, but for the compromises it makes (35mm shorter, while still being f/4) I'd rather not dump $1500 on it.  Anyone that tracks prices know when it may come down a little in price?  Or should I just bite the bullet and spend $300 repairing my 24-105, pretty much hold onto that one forever?  I also regularly shoot with a 50 f/1.4 and 85 f/1.8, so I'm not sunk at the moment, it's just a bit of a bummer.

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