« on: January 16, 2014, 09:38:55 AM »
Another factor in favor of the 17-55, in my opinion, is that the 17-55 is well regarded and the price has held up pretty well on the used market. I bought mine used for $700 about four years ago and I could sell it for that right now quite easily, and make a little if I was patient.
Four years ago, they were selling for around $1000 new. Not long ago, Canon dropped the price to $829, and during the last rebates it sold for $779. Good for people wanting to buy one new, bad news for people who paid $1K and want to sell it now (I sold mine before the price drop, fortunately).
Maybe you could sell it for $700 or more...not to me, but P.T. Barnum had a point.
I am glad I am still enjoying the services of the lens since I did buy it at $1K. Thankfully I don't worry about resale prices on my lenses since the value received from use far out weighs any loss in value. I guess I would consider it a good rental rate if I did sell.