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What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens?

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sheedoe:
Just won the auction on eBay the other day for a Brand New Canon 85mm 1.2L II for $1500. I've been hunting for a deal on this lens for a while. Can't wait to get it!

Axilrod:

--- Quote from: sheedoe on December 19, 2011, 03:51:21 PM ---Just won the auction on eBay the other day for a Brand New Canon 85mm 1.2L II for $1500. I've been hunting for a deal on this lens for a while. Can't wait to get it!

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I chased this lens around for nearly 6 months, every time one would come up I would come so close and barely miss.  It even got to the point that I "bought it now" on ebay for $1800 and woke up to an email from the guy saying he had sold it 30 minutes before I bid on it.  But when I did finally get it, it was wonderful.  Great deal, you'll love that one.

Axilrod:

--- Quote from: neuroanatomist on December 19, 2011, 03:27:47 PM ---Sweet deal!  My personal policy is that I only buy lenses in excellent condition, and I won't pay more than 70% of current retail pricing for a used lens.   

Some good deals I've gotten in the past:


* EF 200mm f/2.8L II for $450 (62% of retail at the time)
* EF 300mm f/4L IS for $725 (60% of retail at the time)
* MP-E 65mm f/2.8 1-5x Macro for $500 (50% of retail at the time)
All from Craigslist.  I subsequently sold the 200/2.8 and 300/4 (after getting the 70-200 II and 100-400, respectively), and for a decent profit in both cases.  I still have the MP-E 65mm.

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I agree, I've purchased almost every lens I have through Craigslist.  In the last year I've gotten:
2 different EF 24-70 f/2.8 - One was $1050, the other was $1000
16-35mm f/2.8L II - $1250 w/$100 B+W filter
35mm f/1.4L- $1100
50mm f/1.2L- $1100
85mm f/1.2L - $1800 (not the best deal, but not retail)
70-200 f/2.8 IS (v1) - $1450

All of them were in great shape, didn't have any problems with the sellers, etc.  CL is great for higher end stuff, camera stuff is so specific you would be able to tell pretty quickly if the person didn't know what they were talking about.

JR:
I would have to say the 70-200mm f2.8L IS II recently bought new for $1974, which is $400 of retail price.

neuroanatomist:
I guess one problem with 'good deals' is when you buy.  Consider the 85L:



4 years ago and during a rebate period, before the annual increases and the 'tsunami-tax' and before Canon's 'minimum advertised price' policy for rebates, it was going for under $1700 on average (and likely, better deals were available).

Some time back, CPW posted an article highlighting the fact that an 'investment' in lenses would have outperformed stock indices.

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