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What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:53:40 PM »
Is the version 1 sharp? What should I pay, one has showed up in a local CL for $2500 with the casing.

 
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What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« on: October 18, 2012, 02:53:40 PM »

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2012, 03:37:39 PM »
Any of the canon superteles are very sharp, the Mark II versions moreso at least based on the MTF figures.  $2500 for a lens that was originally $7000-8000.....I guess I would be suspicious that you are dealing with stolen property, a lens that has some major flaw or defect or possibly an owner that is simply not aware of what things cost but since the ad says "original owner" I cannot imagine that they don't know what the used prices are. A used 600 f4l IS MK I on the B&H site is $6000.00  The 500's aren't going to be a whole lot less...maybe $5000.
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 03:40:08 PM »
Presuming its the 500mm f/4L IS USM, then that would be about half the going rate or it. Its sold on FM for $6000 pretty regularly. So, I'd proceed with extreme caution that its stolen or a scammer

http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=43
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-500mm-f-4.0-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

Now, if it were the pre-IS f/4.5 version, that price might be more in line.

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 03:41:10 PM »
Here is the B&H link...note the condition score is a 7 meaning considerable wear.....

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/800895944-USE/Canon_2534a002_Telephoto_EF_600mm_f_4_0L.html
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #4 on: October 18, 2012, 03:41:21 PM »
I am concerned that's why I ask....   Looking at the ad again, this is listed in an Indiana CL while the ad says "bought locally in the DFW area...  ::)

So assuming this is the real deal and I am able to go and test it in person, what should I be looking for in the test apart from the obvious, no rattles/ broken elements / shoots ok with AF engaging etc...

thanks...
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #5 on: October 18, 2012, 03:42:27 PM »
This lens currently sells used in the area of $6,000, plus or minus a couple of hundred.

I would be very suspicious at $2,500.  This deal look much too good to be true.  Be very, very careful.
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2012, 03:43:50 PM »
$2500 seems not bad compared to the one with IS in Toronto.

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #7 on: October 18, 2012, 04:07:24 PM »
$2500 seems not bad compared to the one with IS in Toronto.
It's actually the same lens, the seller just didn't list it with IS. Or, he's selling the f/4.5L version, which is non-IS. Canon, that I'm aware of, doesn't have a non-IS f/4 version

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #8 on: October 18, 2012, 04:48:23 PM »
Is the version 1 sharp? What should I pay, one has showed up in a local CL for $2500 with the casing.

Thats a 90's model. Non IS and I see them going for $2500 to $3500.

The IS version the last 10 years, go for mid $5500 to $6700

You should note, that if they are claiming it is the IS version, it is a scam.

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #9 on: October 18, 2012, 04:56:09 PM »
Is the version 1 sharp? What should I pay, one has showed up in a local CL for $2500 with the casing.

Thats a 90's model. Non IS and I see them going for $2500 to $3500.

The IS version the last 10 years, go for mid $5500 to $6700

You should note, that if they are claiming it is the IS version, it is a scam.

Thanks.

He says purchased in 2007 original owner (so someone had this odl new stock sitting for 10 years before this guy got it?)

Also someone said the older non-IS version is F4.5 not F4, is this right if so that's 2 discrepancies in the ad.
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2012, 05:40:49 PM »
I am not a 500mm owner so not an expert on that but doesn't the picture look more like the 400 f/2.8L ?

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2012, 06:05:19 PM »
I am not a 500mm owner so not an expert on that but doesn't the picture look more like the 400 f/2.8L ?

enlarged/ sharpened what I could... what does it look like?
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2012, 06:25:50 PM »
I am not a 500mm owner so not an expert on that but doesn't the picture look more like the 400 f/2.8L ?

enlarged/ sharpened what I could... what does it look like?
I think a little thinner and a little longer.

I found the following link:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Reviews/Canon-EF-500mm-f-4.0-L-IS-USM-Lens-Review.aspx

On second thought may be the angle tricked me and it's 500mm. As I already said I think, I am not sure...
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #13 on: October 18, 2012, 07:04:24 PM »
I am not a 500mm owner so not an expert on that but doesn't the picture look more like the 400 f/2.8L ?

enlarged/ sharpened what I could... what does it look like?

I can say with some certainty that if this really is a 500mm f/4 IS, you have discussed it to much and it is already sold.

I have seen the scam run occasionally locally with a 300 mm F/2.8.  Respond to it and I am sure you will get the hard luck story, how the lens is not local, they are out of the country etc.....

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
« Reply #14 on: October 18, 2012, 08:42:06 PM »
I just upgraded to the 500 L II. Sold my 500 L IS to a good friend for $5000. Original purchase price was $6200 in November of 2001. Had it not been to a friend I would have asked somewhere between $5500 and $6000.

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Re: What price to pay for a used 500mm F4?
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