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Should I buy a new or used?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by pr549f2678, Aug 16, 2008.

  1. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    I'm thinking about buying the new version 60 mm af-s macro lens,
    should I buy a new one or a used one from KEH, saving about $65.
    Your opion appreciated.

  2. I have bought most of my lenses used from KEH.
  3. Ruff Draft

    Ruff Draft

    Sep 2, 2007
    I suggest used. It's hard for a lens to take so much damage that it cant warrant the better price(s)! Some people require a warranty though. To each his own I guess.
  4. panda81


    Feb 7, 2008
    I'm one of those people who would rather have the warranty in this situation (but not necessarily always). You can think of it as paying an extra $65 for a 5 year warranty. To me, that's worth it.
  5. I only buy used if I can get the price down to around 50-70% of new price. $65 isn't that big of a difference.
  6. dj addicted

    dj addicted

    Apr 15, 2008
    I bought my 50mm 1.8 from a member on here and I couldnt have been happier. Lens was in perfect condition and I saved a decent amount of money. If you buy used, just be picky about where from and who from.
  7. Nuteshack

    Nuteshack Guest

    i buy used when i can, when it makes sense...but saving 65 bucks on that lens doesn't seem to make sense, imho.
  8. I tend to buy used if I can, you can make large savings.

    The reason being is that lenses are fragile and expensive, so folks tend to look after them :) 

    I'd buy a used lens from somewhere like Nikon Cafe without hesitation.

    However in your case, $65 does not seem like a big saving - and I believe lenses in the USA get a 5 year warranty, spread that $65 over 5 years, and I think I'd get new in your instance.

    Having said that, there is not a whole lot that can go wrong with a macro lens!
  9. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I agree with most here. $65 just doesn't seem worth it to purchase a possible problem. KEH is very good, but I wonder why people would sell something that just came out.

    Yesterday, I purchased a Nikon 10.5 Fisheye from a friend I knew. The friend wanted a 105vr Micro but his wife was complaining about too many lenses. He told her he'd sell one to fund the other. He'd just paid $659 for the fisheye 4 months ago and had used it twice. I bought it from him for $350 which is a steal. I didn't need it particularly, but at that price I snapped it up. He just had too much NAS and wanted that macro.
  10. mood


    Jun 27, 2007
    So Fla
    to me it depends on the lens and the price

    a simple AFD design or prime is alot less of a gamble than a lens with AFS, VR etc...IMO
  11. If I can swing it I like to buy new. Since Nikon is 10 minutes down the road from me I get great peace of mind knowing that I can get it serviced under warranty very easily and quickly.
  12. arela


    Jan 15, 2008
    agree with mood
    The new lenses are getting more advanced with VR, AF-S and so on,
    meaning i will buy these new with warranty.
    Other AF or at least MF lenses should last "forever" and i would most likely go secondhanded. (No rules - mood depended :)  )
  13. Nikkor AIS

    Nikkor AIS

    Jun 5, 2008
    I have had fantasic results from buying used Nikkor AIS from keh. That have a 14 day return policy and fantasic people working the phones. Very helpfull and great folks to deal with.

  14. pforsell


    Jan 15, 2008
    I only ever buy used if there is no other option, like my AIS 135/2 and AIS 105/1.8 because those are not available as new anymore. The AIS 50/1.2 and AIS 105/2.8 micro I have bought new this year. And oh yes, the Nikkor 28/1.4D was mint used and a great deal, I didn't pay it with cash but instead traded my classic harman/kardon citation II power amp for it with a friend.

    I won't buy used AFS or VR lenses ever nor digital camera bodies either. Having the full warranty for complex/delicate/expensive electronics is worth every cent for me.
  15. pr549f2678


    Jun 26, 2007
    central Fl
    I want to thank everyone for their imput.

    As most suggested, I think I will go with buying a new lens and

    I will feel better knowing it has a warranty.

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