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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2013, 03:12:14 PM »
There are good deals out there, but I seriously doubt this is the one. I once met someone selling a 300mm f4L IS for $800 in like new condition on Craigslist. We met at a public place (her place of business; a bank). I walked through two feet of snow to get there, she felt bad, and sold me the lens for $700. That's a 50% discount!

Indeed.  I, too, picked up a 300/4L IS for $700 (and after getting the 100-400L, I sold it for a reasonable profit  :) ).  It was quite a decent lens:


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I've also bought a couple of other lenses for ~50% of their new cost - a 200/2.8L II (subsequently sold after getting the 70-200 II), and an MP-E 65mm (still have it).  As a rule, I won't pay more than 70% of new price for a used lens.

So, there are deals out there - but you have to be careful.
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #15 on: April 09, 2013, 03:12:14 PM »

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #16 on: April 09, 2013, 03:27:16 PM »
Just write to him - he will tell you that he is out of town at the moment and that you should wire him the money. He will then (maybe?) send you the lens (or probably "object") as soon as possible. If you tell him that you want to see the lens before sending him the money you will see how he reacts.

Might be legit, might be fake. You don't lose by contacting him... If you actually meet and talk with him about the lens you will immediately know if he knows something about photography. Then again, the lens might still be stolen, even if he is a photographer...

Photo jargon is all over the web, and bad english proves nothing. But I would think that such a lens might be registered with CPS, so ask him for the serial number and contact CPS. If he does not give you the S/N, drop it. Otherwise who knows....

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #17 on: April 09, 2013, 03:32:22 PM »
Isn't it a google translate from French? Objectifs sounds very French to me.

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #18 on: April 09, 2013, 03:54:19 PM »
I wanted so badly to believe that this is a sweet old man with too much money and not enough sense and was just looking to give this lens a nice home :)

The broken English and little bits of photo jargon is what drew me in, but alas, I just can't see anyone throwing 10K out the window, even if they were a billionaire.
Actually, esp. billionaire. Its safe to say that in general generosity is inversely proportional to wealth. And even generous wealthy exceptions like Warren buffet and Bill gates wont through it out distributing Canon 800 mm f/5.6's on Craigslist.

Warren Buffet didn't get rich investing in product he had to sell at 20% of purchase price.
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #19 on: April 09, 2013, 04:08:34 PM »
Here's the tip:  If he/she asks for a wire transfer, it's a scam.  These days there's no one but scammers who are using Western Union for expensive equipment supplies.

I found a similar deal once.  Someone actually got their listing onto Amazon, so I almost fell for it.  They wanted $1000 even for a new/in/box Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM. 

The Amazon fraud department got involved and informed me that there are scammers who do this a LOT with lenses.  In most cases, they actually have ONE lens which they sell to ONE lucky recipient.  However, twenty people paying $1000 (for the above-mentioned lens) results in a nice profit on a $2.5K lens, which they'll claim as having been lost in the mail or something.  Sorry!  =)
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #20 on: April 09, 2013, 04:14:18 PM »
there fishing don't bite !!

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2013, 04:40:01 PM »
Tell him you are interested, would like to see the lens first, test it on your camera, and pay cash for it.

Suggest meeting in a public place (such as Starbucks or his/your bank).  If you go to Starbucks, buy a cup of coffee  :), don't abuse their store.

If he is willing to show it to you, it works and he accepts cash, either it is legit or stolen.  Hard to tell.

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #21 on: April 09, 2013, 04:40:01 PM »

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #22 on: April 09, 2013, 05:52:07 PM »
I don't see what's so unbelievable about a guy buying a $14,000 lens, using it a couple times in his backyard, and then selling it at an 80% loss.  He even notes that "Copy very strong"; he wouldn't know that kind of photo jargon if he wasn't a real photographer.

Loved it! LOL

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #23 on: April 09, 2013, 07:25:05 PM »
I think I will buy it.... and if it's a scam, who cares.... I am rich and can afford it. According to my email I have won several lotteries that I didn't even buy tickets for plus my recently deceased relative in Nigeria has left me 40 million dollars..... and there are even several Russian women who want to marry my cat! If it's on the web it MUST be true!
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #24 on: April 09, 2013, 11:11:58 PM »
Here's the tip:  If he/she asks for a wire transfer, it's a scam.  These days there's no one but scammers who are using Western Union for expensive equipment supplies.

I found a similar deal once.  Someone actually got their listing onto Amazon, so I almost fell for it.  They wanted $1000 even for a new/in/box Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II USM. 

The Amazon fraud department got involved and informed me that there are scammers who do this a LOT with lenses.  In most cases, they actually have ONE lens which they sell to ONE lucky recipient.  However, twenty people paying $1000 (for the above-mentioned lens) results in a nice profit on a $2.5K lens, which they'll claim as having been lost in the mail or something.  Sorry!  =)

Why would they even bother sending out one?
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #25 on: April 09, 2013, 11:24:52 PM »
It never hurts to ask about a lens. I just got the 100 Macro L for $350 off one of those sites. It is like brand new too.

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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #26 on: April 09, 2013, 11:39:28 PM »
I think I will buy it.... and if it's a scam, who cares.... I am rich and can afford it. According to my email I have won several lotteries that I didn't even buy tickets for plus my recently deceased relative in Nigeria has left me 40 million dollars..... and there are even several Russian women who want to marry my cat! If it's on the web it MUST be true!

That was funny thank you!! Still chuckling.
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
« Reply #27 on: April 10, 2013, 12:56:26 AM »
Very easy to tell on this one. Just look at the reason he is selling it and ask yourself. Would you sell a lens for 80% off thats perfect just because "you do not use it often." I would expect no more than the price of this lens (2800) as a discount from the current sale price. You would be better off sending me your $2800 and I'll send you a broken 50 1.8 II.
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Re: Is there any chance this is legit?
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