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stephan00

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400 mm question
« on: February 17, 2014, 12:56:07 PM »
Hi,

Locally, there is a used 400 mm 2.8 L II USM (NOT the IS version) to be had for 3000 €. Taking the age and weight and the fact that Canon won't repair it into account, does it make any sense to get it? Or would it be better to wait for a used IS-version mark I?

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400 mm question
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Re: 400 mm question
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2014, 08:28:21 PM »
I had the earlier version (Mk1 non - IS) of that lens and loved it. The AF was fast and accurate and the IQ excellent, even with extenders. However the weight (6.1 Kilos) was a bit daunting to say the least! I sold mine simply because it was not long enough for my needs - lovely lens though.
Unfortunately the lens you are considering is, as you state, no longer supported. These lenses were built to last, but everything has a finite life. This should be reflected in the price you pay as you are taking a bit of a chance - it may work for years (and probably will) but if it falls flat tomorrow then it may not be repairable. You must balance this against the much higher price (and reduced weight) of a newer version.
Personally I would not pay more than a third to a half of what I would pay for an IS version.

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Re: 400 mm question
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 01:18:06 PM »
Thanks, you pretty much summed it up  :) I'll give it a miss then.

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Re: 400 mm question
« Reply #2 on: February 18, 2014, 01:18:06 PM »