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Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens? I'll start...
« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2011, 05:32:05 AM »
EF-S 17-55 in mint condition with hood for 480 euros.
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« Reply #30 on: December 20, 2011, 05:32:05 AM »

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« Reply #31 on: December 20, 2011, 09:03:52 AM »
TS-E 24mm II for $900.

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« Reply #32 on: December 20, 2011, 10:32:50 AM »
I got pretty much all my equipment for fantastic deals...mostly because of the Bing Cashback that we had about 2.5 years back
 Canon 40D                        (2.5 years back): 650$ after cashback
 Canon 50 1.8                    (2.5 years back): 75$ after cash back...I ended up giving this lens to a friend.
 Canon 100mm Macro:       (2.5 years back): 440$ after cashback. Best IQ of any lens I own.
 Canon 24-70                     (2.5 years back): 1120$ after cashback
 Canon 10-22                     (2.5 years back): 660$ after cashback...I just sold it 2 weeks back for 650$. The guy must be cusssing his luck after seeing the Amazon deal yesterday.
 Canon 70-200 2.8 IS          (1.5 years back and used): 1350$ after cashback on eBay. This is the only lens I got used....but it was in great condition and no problems so far.
 Canon 580 EXII : 3                                     50$ after cashback.
 Canon 5DMkII                   (2 months back): 2050$ from henrys in Canada...maybe I should have waited a month or so...but its ok.
 Canon 16-35                    (2 weeks back): for 1300 after Price Match from Adorama because of the Amazon deal yesterday.

A buddy of mine got a barely used 10-22 for 450$....some rich kid was bored of his gift...

I miss Bing Cashback.... But since its been gone, prices have risen (that and the yen/$ exchange rate), but if I sold all my equipment I could come out on top pretty easy i think.

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« Reply #33 on: December 20, 2011, 10:40:37 AM »
Here are my best deals (all aquired on CL):

  • Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 - $50 (broken, fixed for $0)
  • Canon EF-S 17-85mm f/4-5.6 IS USM- $75 (broken, fixed for $20, so $95 total)
  • Canon EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM - free with 20D, sold 20D and ended up spending $111 total for the lens (poor planning on auction end on my part, should have been net $0)

On the camera front:

  • (2) Digital Rebels purchased broken, fixed, and sold on eBay for $70 net profit (after fees and shipping)
  • Rebel XTi - $100 (with infamous dirty shutter button issue) sold my XT after I fixed it, and netted $45 profit for the upgrade
  • (6) Canon 420EX flashes - $300 (selling all but two on eBay, and breaking even)

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« Reply #34 on: December 20, 2011, 10:42:30 AM »
TS-E 24mm II for $900.

:)

Wow!  Jealous.  I would love to have a TS-E to play with, especially that or the 17mm.
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« Reply #35 on: December 20, 2011, 07:55:36 PM »
Buying from Craigslist I got my 70-200mm f2.8L for $750. It was 3 months old, under warranty and had only been used 3 times so was in mint condition. The seller was asking $1300, I was willing to pay $1000 but went in with a low offer expecting to haggle a bit but he took it. Was sure there must be something wrong, but when I met him to inspect the lens I was blown away :-)

What kind of software are you using? it is free out there or this is something that you developed on your own?
I normally search several cities around me, and can see the use of such software. I am new to this DSLR thing, and don't want to be spending all the money like no tomorrow. So I find myself searching CL too often.
Let me know if I can have access to such software. Thanks

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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2011, 08:08:46 PM »
TS-E 24mm II for $900.

:)

Wow!  Jealous.  I would love to have a TS-E to play with, especially that or the 17mm.

A less expensive way to get into a Canon TS lens is described at this thread on CR Forum:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=2337.0
I did this and so far it has been fantastic.  My 35mm f/2.8 TS cost about $750 all said and done...
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« Reply #36 on: December 20, 2011, 08:08:46 PM »

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« Reply #37 on: December 20, 2011, 08:10:43 PM »
...and here's the thread describing the 35mm TS:
http://www.canonrumors.com/forum/index.php?topic=2462.msg52482#msg52482
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Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens? I'll start...
« Reply #38 on: December 20, 2011, 08:26:12 PM »
Leica Noctilux 50 f/1.0 for $3500 & some barter that cost me nothing.
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« Reply #39 on: December 21, 2011, 10:58:25 PM »
Merry Christmas to YOU!  Nice!
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Re: What's the best deal you've ever gotten on a lens? I'll start...
« Reply #40 on: December 21, 2011, 11:05:52 PM »
Got a 100mm Macro for $307 when Circuit City crashed and burned. I tried to buy more but it was the last one they had.

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« Reply #41 on: December 22, 2011, 01:50:21 AM »
...on Ebay a few years back.
sold it later for 2... ;-)

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« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2011, 03:25:45 AM »
An EF 135f2 secondhand in very good shape for € 700,-
An ST-E2 and EF 24 f2.8 secondhand for € 200,-

My 5d mark II with 24-105 for € 2100,- (new!)

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« Reply #42 on: December 22, 2011, 03:25:45 AM »

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« Reply #43 on: December 22, 2011, 05:32:35 AM »
I was lucky enough to buy a perfect EF 100-400 L zoom at half price.

It was returned by the previous buyer with no reason given for the change of mind. I was very suspicious but the lens did not look as though the previous owner had ever taken it out of the box and there is nothing wrong with it optically that I can see (and believe me I've run test after test after...............!).

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« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2011, 07:52:57 AM »
Not sure if this counts, but I recently bought a 5D II kit with the 24-105, brand new for $2750 Canadian. Considering that Henry's was asking over $2700 for the body just a few months earlier, I got the lens extremly cheap. At the time 5D II were going for $2200-$2400 new in most spots and used ones were being offered at about $2100. So essentially I picked up a brand new 24-105 for anywhere from $550 to pretty much free, depending on what price for the body you look at. They retail for $1200 to $1300 on average new.

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« Reply #44 on: December 22, 2011, 07:52:57 AM »