How to find the best price for a lens and what are you to do when you can’t buy the lens you want??
- First — are there similar cheaper lenses made by Tamron or Sigma? Find the closest cousins to the lens you want.
- Look for different versions of the same lens. Think 70-200mm, it comes in f2.8, f4, and both versions with and without image stabilization.
- Obviously you get what you pay for, BUT if you can’t afford it in the next few years, it’s a great option to buy a version.
- The Canon or Nikon version of a lens isn’t always the best lens! Sigma 50mm ART lens wins over Canon 50mm f1.2. The Canon 50mm 1.2 has focus issues.
- Go on eBay-> you can find exactly what lenses sold for used.
- Search for a specific lens (I searched for Canon 24-70mm 2.8) and click on “Sold Listings” under “Show Only” at the bottom of the left column on desktop. Here’s a photo of what it looks like
- This will show you exactly how much copies of that lens sold for within the past few days. THIS IS AMAZING because you know if you’re getting a good deal in the future when you purchase your lens.
- Never purchase a lens with scratches, haze, or fungus.
- Try purchasing the L version of the lens instead of the L II version of the lens. You don’t need the newest of the new lenses.
- Looking at the 24-70mm on ebay SHOWING SOLD LISTINGS ONLY, I see $1099, $999, $850…etc so once you see the prices that people have paid, you can get a great idea of what is a good deal and what isn’t.
- If you buy it at the right price on eBay, then that is pretty much like renting a lens if you decide to resell used on eBay or Amazon. You won’t lose too much if you buy at a great price.
- Buy smart, think through different options, and you’ll be in a much better place!