What are you guys seeing in resale for your high-end EF-S lenses?
I've got 3 of the 4 decent EF-S lenses that I barely use collecting dust (10-22, 15-85, 60 macro) and just curious what you've seen for resale in the last year or so.
I *DO* have a bad case of 'accessoritis' or 'upgradaphilia', so to the OP, if you're the type that's not content with technology and constantly upgrading . . . the EF-S lenses are great, but you may have some regret down the road.
I know, admitting I have a problem is the first step.
I sold my EF-S 17-55 f/2.8 last year for about 850 and my refurbed 10-22 for 600. I "lost" about 100 on the 17-55 and less than 50 (including taxes, shipping, etc.) on the 10-22, so I was able to recoup about 90% of what it cost me to purchase the lenses.
There are so many used 17-55s and 10-22s floating around that buying new makes less and less sense. Canon refurb with a sale is usually a good deal. I'm guessing that EF-S lenses tend to have lower resale value because they are transitional for those that do move to FF. Some L-lenses also have lower resale value. Think of those that purchased a 24-105 in a retail box at 1000-1100 a year or two ago. The kit value used to be 800-900, and now it's dropped to 600-700. That's worse resale value than the 17-55. Again the 24-105 is a transitional lens.
Those that get gear when it is first available tend to pay the most. Those that wait for rebates and sales pay less, and those that buy refurbed or used pay even less. If you hold onto the lens for a few years and then try to sell it, you'll get roughly the same price, so buying the gear at the lowest price is key.
And +1 to those recommending the 17-55 f/2.8. The smaller sensor needs all the light it can get, which is why Sigma's 18-35 f/1.8 is such an attractive option.