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What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:00:47 PM »
Hello, I've been using my kit lens for several years.  I finally decided to teach myself how to take actual photographs with manual/av/tv settings.  I have a 70-300, 100mm macro, and my kit 18-55.  I'm ready to get a better everyday lens.  I am really interested in buying the canon 24-70 2.8L v1.  However, a few weeks ago when I first really started to look into buying it, I'm pretty sure I saw it at $1300 new.  The cheapest I'm seeing it now is $1500, and on amazon anywhere from $1700 to $2100...for version 1!!  In the forums opinion would it be best to just buy it at $1500 or wait to see if it goes down later this year, maybe when version 2 comes out?  Or, should I just keep saving up and pay a little more for v2??  I don't know if I'm that comfortable paying that much for a lens, but if the v1 keeps going up....
Any help is greatly appreciated!

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What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« on: May 07, 2012, 09:00:47 PM »

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2012, 09:53:01 PM »
I'd try the Canon store.  The price for a refurbished unit is 1119.20 + tax.  They are currently out of stock, but they should have it back in stock in the new few days/weeks.  The price is even better when the store runs a sale from time to time.  A Canon refurbished product also has a 90 day warranty.  Right now the new units don't have a rebate, hence the higher price.

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2012, 10:16:09 PM »
I have the 24-70L and I love it, its a great lens and super sharp (I have heard rumors about soft units, but mine its awesome), I said go for it and with the extra cash get the 135L  ;) another suuuper sharp lens
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #3 on: May 08, 2012, 04:33:54 AM »
The 24-70L is a great lens, you would not regret it if you purchase it. I love mine, the only lens I have that gets used more is my 70-200 II... I have seen them on ebay used for under $1300 and on CL even cheaper than that.
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #4 on: May 08, 2012, 01:53:33 PM »
I think I would be more comfortable buying new rather than used or refurbished.  Do you think if I wait a few weeks they might have a rebate going that would save me a couple hundred?

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #5 on: May 08, 2012, 02:25:44 PM »
I think I would be more comfortable buying new rather than used or refurbished.  Do you think if I wait a few weeks they might have a rebate going that would save me a couple hundred?

They have a rebate going on right now but I don't think that lens is a part of it.  I don't blame you for not wanting used, but refurbished can be just as good as new. My 24-70 and 70-200 II were both bought refurbished from canons site. Maybe you can get some cash back from a credit card program.
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2012, 03:59:27 PM »
I think I would be more comfortable buying new rather than used or refurbished.  Do you think if I wait a few weeks they might have a rebate going that would save me a couple hundred?

The current rebates end at June 2 (which does not include the 24-70).  By that time, the 24-70II "should" be out.  I don't see why Canon would give rebates for a lens that they are discontinuing.  By offering rebates on version 1, they might be cannibalizing their own version II sales.

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2012, 03:37:07 PM »
Hello, I've been using my kit lens for several years.  I finally decided to teach myself how to take actual photographs with manual/av/tv settings.  I have a 70-300, 100mm macro, and my kit 18-55.  I'm ready to get a better everyday lens.  I am really interested in buying the canon 24-70 2.8L v1.  However, a few weeks ago when I first really started to look into buying it, I'm pretty sure I saw it at $1300 new.  The cheapest I'm seeing it now is $1500, and on amazon anywhere from $1700 to $2100...for version 1!!  In the forums opinion would it be best to just buy it at $1500 or wait to see if it goes down later this year, maybe when version 2 comes out?  Or, should I just keep saving up and pay a little more for v2??  I don't know if I'm that comfortable paying that much for a lens, but if the v1 keeps going up....
Any help is greatly appreciated!

I see them for $900-$1100 used all the time, I would look at used ones.  But you're right holy S___ it's $1599 at B&H right now, that's crazy!  Highest I've ever seen it priced.  It's weird because it's MSRP is still listed as $1399 on Canon's site.
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #8 on: May 09, 2012, 10:29:55 PM »
That's wild! I got mine from B&H about three weeks ago for $1399. I had to price match with Adorama though because B&H had increased the price to $1499 and Adorama still had the lens listed for $1399. I see now that even Adorama has it listed at $1599.

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #9 on: May 09, 2012, 10:49:25 PM »
This has happened in the past.

Canon introduces a Mk II version of a lens for more than the Mk I version and it pulls the Mk I price up.

Buy the Tamron 24-70 lens instead. You'll also get image stabilisation and better IQ than the Mk I lens.

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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2012, 03:42:05 PM »
I'm in the same situation.  I want a 24-70 2.8L mk1 also, but prices seem to be rising recently.  I placed an order at J&R which had it for $1400 but it is 'out of stock', although it was 'on order' yesterday so I have not idea if they will be getting more stock or not.  If not, I'll try to find another place I guess, but the lowest I've seen is also in the $1500 range. 

http://www.jr.com/canon/pe/CAN_24_hy_70_SL_LSM/

I did a search on google shopping and found around $1400 at photovantage, which seems to be legit, as well as some highly sketchy places.

http://www.provantage.com/canon-8014a002~7CANL01T.htm

edit: it's on special order at phovantage too.

edit: forget about J&R... was 'on order' yesterday then 'out of stock' this morning and just now turned to 'sold out'. 
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2012, 06:43:43 PM »
best bet is probably check the canon refurb site almost daily. I have seen things appear on there back in stock at 8pm sometimes. Thats how I got my 430 EX II for $191 when it was 20% off...just have to always keep an eye because there will sometimes be no changes for weeks then all of a sudden there are changes in stock a few days in a row...
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Re: What to do??? 24-70 2.8L version 1
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