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Old Mar 1, 2006, 11:54 PM   #1
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Hi. Im gonna get the 17-85mm EF-S IS canon lens with an eos 20D, I dont see much in the 30D to pay more, because where I live it´s going to be more expensive, besides I´ll have to wait for reviews, and the 20D seems good to me and its a pretty good camera. Well, the thing is with the lens, beacuse im buying it used, so I'd like to get some tips on how to know if the lens is in good or bad shape, this'll be mi first Dslr.



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Old Mar 2, 2006, 8:03 PM   #2
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If you can see the lens in person, snap a few pictures.

Try to get a warrantee of 30 days or something.

Make sure the mechanical zoom is working, no fungus in the lens, etc.

Make sure it doesn't have "bungs" aruond the edges.

A 17-85 should be in pretty good shape unless it was used by a news reporter.
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Buy from a reputable dealer.

My favorites (in order of preference for used gear):

http://www.keh.com

http://www.bhphotovideo.com

http://www.adorama.com


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Thanks. I forgot to say that Im going to buy it on a physical store, so I'll be able to look at it before. Any other tip?
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Yep, take some shots wide angle and opened up especially (where the most problems occur with bad lens copies). For all your test shots, wait till you get back home to get on the computer to view your images - don't rely on the lcd of the camera. And, just because it's multiple trips - make sure the serial number is the same for the lens you test and the lens you return to buy.
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