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$1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:44:46 AM »
I saw a post on CL - 85L f1.2 II selling for $1775.

Condition according to seller:
1. Like new  in term of funtionality and cosmetic. ( I did saw the pictures from seller, the lens looks new)
2. No dust, B&W filter is included
3. Date code UA(2012)
4. Comes with everything box, foams, etc....original receipt from best buy. Warranty is just expired
5. Reason for selling: seller wants 50L. 85L is little to tight.

I spoke to seller over the phone and we agreed @ $1550 cash.

Question: Would you go for it if all conditions above are true?
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$1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« on: June 06, 2013, 09:44:46 AM »

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Get it. It's a great price.
« Reply #1 on: June 06, 2013, 10:10:47 AM »
I got a 2 month old lens 3 years ago for 1800.  Especially if they are including the filter.
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #2 on: June 06, 2013, 10:26:33 AM »
I've seen a non-functional 85mm L sell for at least $1000.  I'm not sure if the particular lens could be repaired, but the lens parts alone seem to hold their value.

But this sounds like a good deal.  Inspect and test it thoroughly before handing over the cash.

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #3 on: June 06, 2013, 10:31:43 AM »
I saw a post on CL - 85L f1.2 II selling for $1775.

Condition according to seller:
1. Like new  in term of funtionality and cosmetic. ( I did saw the pictures from seller, the lens looks new)
2. No dust, B&W filter is included
3. Date code UA(2012)
4. Comes with everything box, foams, etc....original receipt from best buy. Warranty is just expired
5. Reason for selling: seller wants 50L. 85L is little to tight.

I spoke to seller over the phone and we agreed @ $1550 cash.

Question: Would you go for it if all conditions above are true?

If the above conditions were true, as well as #6 below, then yes, I would go for it. For a meet-in-person transaction, where you have a chance to inspect the lens using your camera body, seems like someone who simply didn't realize how well the lens holds its value.

6. I had $1550 extra cash available for a lens.
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #4 on: June 06, 2013, 10:40:29 AM »
Ebay prices for a excellent lens range from $1325 to $1656, so the price is right in the middle of the range.  Dealers, of course, tend to sell for a little more.
 
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2013, 11:02:33 AM »
How do you determine the year the Lens was manufactured? Is it VIA the serial #?

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 11:12:52 AM »
there is a code stamped on the mount of canon lenses that will give you the date of manufacture.

use this site to decipher the code:

http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2013, 11:12:52 AM »

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #7 on: June 06, 2013, 11:16:33 AM »
How do you determine the year the Lens was manufactured? Is it VIA the serial #?

Thanks

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #8 on: June 06, 2013, 11:23:46 AM »
How do you determine the year the Lens was manufactured? Is it VIA the serial #?

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It depends.  Canon stopped putting date codes on some lenses, and lenses that have been repaired often lose their date code in the process.
If a lens has no date code, you can determine approximate date of manufacture from the serial number.
For lenses made after 2008 which do not have a date code, this chart of serial numbers might help.
 
http://www.the-digital-picture.com/Canon-Lenses/Canon-Lens-Aging.aspx
 
For Example, This Spring, I bought a new 24-70mmL that my dealer ordered from Canon and delivered directly to me with a serial number beginning with 95.  That puts its manufacturing date in October 2012, 6 months before Canon shipped it from their warehouse.  If it had been in dealer inventory, it could have very well been a few months older.  When buying a used lens, the manufacturing date is often quite a bit before it was sold, but I have bought them that were only 3 months old.
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #9 on: June 06, 2013, 11:31:34 AM »
 I'd go for it.   ask for a copy of the original receipt just incase it was stolen.    most people who buy high end camera gear will save the receipt for warranty purposes or more likely,  we bought it online and still have the receipt.

 I'd meet at a bank and withdraw the money there so he knows the bills aren't faked and the rest it out outside if the bank. vi  doubt the bank would be ok with you taking photos in the bank. 

 I haven't heard of problems with the 85  the way you might about the 50mm f1.4. 
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #10 on: June 06, 2013, 11:34:31 AM »
I would presume that someone with the original box probably didn't steal it.  I assume most camera gear isn't stored in the box at home...  so the their would have to go find where the box was stored and then get the lens...
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #11 on: June 06, 2013, 11:42:27 AM »
Yes.  I'd ask for the receipt anyway with name/address blacked out, etc.  If it just expired, Canon might give you a break anyway if you find something immediately.

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #12 on: June 06, 2013, 11:56:50 AM »
$1,550 is a decent price for a used 85L. Another option is to buy from the Canon direct refurb store: http://shop.usa.canon.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product_10051_10051_275771_-1

They have refurbed 85L's for $1,759 - $125 for the sale they are running...making your grand total $1,634. The advantage of going with the Canon refurb is you get a 90-day warranty and the peace of mind you are getting a like new piece of glass.

You can also get free shipping with this coupon code: DAD613
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2013, 11:59:48 AM »
I'd say go for it. Sounds like the seller is looking to for a quick sale hence the discount. I've sold three lenses, all for much cheaper than I prob could get if I was patient.

However, as everyone here says - please take due care and test the lens. Take a friend with you too. That's a lot of money, you'll want some kinda security. I get nervous with anything more than $20 in my pocket but hey am paranoid!

Oh man it's sounding more and more like a drug deal going down than a lens purchase!   :P
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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 12:03:08 PM »
Oh man it's sounding more and more like a drug deal going down than a lens purchase!   :P

LOL!  Couldn't agree more.  L-disease is progress nicely in this patient!

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Re: $1550 for a used 85L f1.2 II
« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2013, 12:03:08 PM »