70-180 price?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by cwilt, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I have a 70-180 micro in mint condition on hold for me. They are asking $1000 us. Is that a good price? If so I will pick it up in a few hours.

    Thanks
     
  2. JeffKohn

    JeffKohn

    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    B&H price for new-in-box gray market is $1019, although of course they're out of stock. When something is scarce used prices tend to go up, and from what I understand the 70-180 is even harder to find than an 80 1.4 right now. So $1K may not be so bad if you really want it now.
     
  3. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    Picked it up today. I have been waiting on one of these for a while now. It was in mint condition. Hardly looks used at all.

    Only had time for 1 shot today. Looks sharp to me.
    [​IMG]
     
  4. JeffKohn

    JeffKohn

    Apr 21, 2005
    Houston, TX
    Yeah I'd say that looks pretty sharp. Cool shot. Let us know how you like the lens as you use it more.
     
  5. :biggrin: Glad you like the lens. :biggrin: It is my favorite. I think the price was competitive. I paid close to the same amount for one from KEH. It was in pristine condition. I am working with the Beast, but the 70-180 is always in my bag. I think I have just enough room for a 200mm micro...shhhhh! :biggrin:
     
  6. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO
    I am very happy with this lens. Tommorow we are going to the botanical gardens and if the light is good I will take it with me.
     
  7. Zinnias with the 70-180

    This is a link to my Zinnia Experiment with the 70-180: http://www.pbase.com/cympearson/zinnias. I love the contrasty images produced with this lens. The color is incredible.

    Now that you have the 70-180 micro, would you consider using the 200micro or use your 300 f/4? I am curious because I love the flexibility of the zoom micro lens, but I like the reach of the 200 micro or 300 f/4.
     
  8. cwilt

    cwilt

    Apr 24, 2005
    Denver, CO

    Very nice zinnia captures, Crystall. I agree, the 70-180 does have good contrast and color.

    I can't see why I would need the 200. What about using a TC on the 70-180? I think the 300/4, extension tube, and 1.4TC combo worked well for me, but other opinions may say other wise. It doesn't have as much fine detail as the 70-180, but then I am shooting from 3 feet, not 3 inches. :wink:

    My simple answer is that I will not be looking for a 200micro. :smile:
     
  9. Good answer! I keep reconsidering the 200mm micro, but I can't get past the wonderful flexibility of the 70-180. I haven't tried a teleconverter yet on the 70-180, but I have tried a close up filter. :smile:
     
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