Cameras and Lenses
Checklist for Buying Used Lenses
Every photographer wants the best lenses, but we do not always have the money to buy new. Buying used camera lenses for your DSLR is a far cheaper option for most photographers, however you need to know what to be cautious of and what to look for when shopping around. Use this checklist for buying used camera lenses to have a successful buying experience.
To check aperture blades, you will have to mount the lens on your camera, then close down the aperture and use depth of field preview button if necessary. Are there any oil marks on the blades? Do they move freely?
B&H Photo - Check daily as B&H occasionally has 10-rated (or email-for-condition) reconditioned/refurbished Canon lenses.
Adorama - The online used Canon lens inventory is generally strong here.
Canon Store: DSLRs | Lenses | Flashes - The Canon Store typically has a nice selection of like-new refurbished DSLR and EOS M-series cameras, lenses and Speedlite flashes available.
Cameta Camera - Located in Amityville, NY and typically has used Canon Lenses.
KEH - Again, used Canon lenses are often available at this retailer.
Midwest Photo Exchange - Used Canon lenses are often mixed with the new lens listings at this retailer.
FredMiranda.com - One of the most active camera equipment buy/sell forums on the net and rich in used Canon EF lenses. Reasonable deals on used Canon lenses sell extremely fast here - sometimes in minutes.
SportsShooters.com - Many used Canon EF lenses show up in the classifieds section.
NaturePhotographers.net - Login required. A buy/sell forum that usually has many used Canon EF lenses.
Used Gear: Personal Sales via Major Retailer
eBay - Used Canon EF lenses bring a premium at eBay (good for sellers), but the selection is usually large. I placed it in a category on its own because while it may be a peer-to-peer transaction, eBay typically provides a money back guarantee ensuring you receive the item as described in the auction. Be sure to check auction details carefully to see if your transaction is backed by eBay's coverage.
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