Not so pristine 24-70 f/2.8 II, would you buy it?


Feb 6, 2015
Well, the cheapest one following this one is at u$s1333 and has a small needlehead mark near the edge. A good one is u$s1466.

I was about to tell him that the front replacement costs u$s600, so i could pay as much as u$s600 for the lens, and let him be like "hmmmmm, lets go for 700" or something liket that.

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
There still is a risk involved in a $600 + $600 deal: the autofocus could fail, like the electronics...
Maybe it's only a prejudice, but I'd never buy a lens or camera in need of a repair.
And look for fungus, and if you decide to buy, NEVER without a warranty ($1200, lens + repair) are at stake!:unsure:
PS: looks like the lens' name-plate has been damaged, maybe in an attempt by the owner to fix something? Suspicious...:mad:

Mt Spokane Photography

I post too Much on Here!!
Mar 25, 2011
Beware of issues with the front element, the coating peels easily and a fix is very very expensive. I wouldn't touch it.


Feb 16, 2013
Personal, I’m not rich, and my budget for photography is limited. Therefore when come to buying decision for Canon L lens, which I believe will keep it for long term, I will always buy new.
I did a bit study on the used market selling price, the mint & excellent condition lens are not much cheaper than the new one, this is also one of the reason I always buy new L lens.
My 2 cents.

Del Paso

M3 Singlestroke
Aug 9, 2018
There is another option I can strongly recommend: buy a brand-new 24/70 F4 instead!
Great lens, macro too, inexpensive & very good IQ!
Ebay is always a risky business!:cautious:
Personally I would not even buy a pristine 24-70 2.8 ii due to the lack of image stabilization. I mean if you use a tripod most of the time then go for it. But if you shoot handheld, I think a Tamron G2 or Sigma Art would be better for the image stabilization alone. Even Nikon has it on theirs and I cannot figure out why Canon has not put it into this popular focal length. For the record I use the Canon 24-70 f4L IS which is stellar (and has a convenient macro mode) and is a good alternative unless you really need f2.8 .