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Old Oct 21, 2018, 7:55 PM   #1
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I would like to purchase some lenses and would like to get them used to save some money. What kind of questions should I ask or what should I look for when inquiring about used lenses on Ebay or other sites?
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First, look for any crazing on any of the surfaces of the lens elements. Look through both the front and the back.


Second, look into the lens at extreme angles all around the lens to check that the lens elements all look properly oriented. That is, you shouldn't see any of the elements tilted. Again, look through both the front and the back.


Third, look at the aperture blades. They should be matte black. Shiny aperture blades means the lens was exposed to high heat, the lubricant has melted, and the aperture blades will be sticky.


Fourth, check the lens mount and contacts for extraordinary wear.


Lastly, check the lens on your camera to make sure that the lens works ok.


www.keh.com is a great place to look for used lenses. Their prices are reasonable, their grading is accurate, and they offer a generous warranty and return policy. Those are all things you won't find on eBay or CraigsList.
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