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Old Mar 29, 2007, 11:11 AM   #1
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Does anyone know why there are so many almost new Canon 70-200mm L series lenes for sale on ebay? They usually sell quite high. Is there some issue with these lenes that they get sold so soon after there bought? I want to buy one but at about $600 I don't want to make a mistake.

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Old Mar 29, 2007, 11:38 AM   #2
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The unstabilized 70-200 f4 L is a great lens. The biggest downside is the lens is a bit slow (f4), but it's super-sharp and quick to focus. I expect most get sold by folks who want a faster lens. I use mine almost exclusively outdoors. Color saturation is noticably better than on my EF-S 17-85IS.

There's a lot of competition in this range. Sigma offers a well regarded f2.8 70-200 (I passed on it because it's quite a bit heavier) for about the same price as the Canon f4 lens.
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Old Mar 31, 2007, 7:00 AM   #3
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Does anyone know why there are so many almost new Canon 70-200mm L series lenes for sale on ebay? They usually sell quite high. Is there some issue with these lenes that they get sold so soon after there bought? I want to buy one but at about $600 I don't want to make a mistake.
The only mistake here is f/4 vs f/2.8
-> Make sure what you want which will depend on how much light you need (low-light action for one):
An f/2.8 will gather twice the light hence it's opening will be twice as big, makes it heavier, and costlier which are the negatives
But then this will also enable the camera's high-precision AF sensor, and the ability to use a 2xTC which are the positives

But don't worry if you make a mistake then it'll end up on Ebay again! :lol: :-) :G
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Old Apr 3, 2007, 12:03 AM   #4
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I have to agree with NHL. It's the lens speed that is the reason so many copies of the 70-200 f4 lenses are sold on ebay. I believe that many first time Canon digital buyers hear about the quality of this lens and they buy it. Then they find out how good it is but that there is also an F2.8 version and they want the faster speed so they wish to switch. I am one of these people. The F4 is just a great lens. Super construction, pictures sharp as a mosquitos peter and reasonibly priced. But in low light, you realize its limitations and want more. I found this out not long after buying mine, however I was not about to part with it since I just love the results I get. But I had to get something faster so I mortaged my house and bought the 300 mm F2.8 IS L lens and now I am a happy camper, albeit a poor one.
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