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Old 05-26-2005, 02:43 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking at a couple of new lenses and while researching this I have run across several reviews and forum posts about good and bad copies of lenses, and that sometimes you have to return or exchange a lens 2 or 3 times to get a 'good one'.

Anyone have any expereince with this with any brand?

I am considering the Tamron 17-35 F2.8-4 and Sigma 18-50 2.8 DC if that matters any. I can find them on ebay and used cheaper than b&h etc, but if getting a 'good copy' is going to be an issue a 'real' vendor might be the better choice.
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Old 05-26-2005, 04:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Well, I got a good Tamron 28-75 on the first try. My Sigma 70-200 took two to get one that focusses. I don't think I'd be buying from anyone but a reputable dealer for new lenses and for used, there needs to be a reasonable return policy.

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Re: Lens Quality Control Question
Old 05-26-2005, 10:03 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Well, for me if I'm spending that much money, I'll spend it with someone who has a return policy of some sort.

FWIW I bought the Tamron and I find it to be an excellent lens. Kind of wish it had a constant aperture, but it's a damn fine WA lens for the money.
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Re: Lens Quality Control Question
Old 05-28-2005, 09:12 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I like toknia lens, their pro line build like a tank.
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Old 05-28-2005, 05:19 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I happen to be selling a Tamron 17-35 f/2.8-4 lens right now on eBay at:

http://tinyurl.com/aa5la

It is a very nice lens that I bought to do some home interior shots. That project is now over, so don't really need it anymore. I had very good results with it on the Canon 10D and the Canon 20D.

My normal walk around lens is the Tamron 28-300 and it has always worked like a champ and gives great glamour shots.

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Old 05-28-2005, 06:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Ive bought a couple used lenses from ebay in the past. 1 was great and the other was a POS but I got it for a really cheap price but being that it was a POS didnt make so cheap after all. Personally I think it worth it to save for another week or two to go for a new / warrentied lens from a rep. Dealer. B&H Photo, Unique Photo, Ritz,..and stay the hell away from Cos like Broadway Photo, Digi Liquidators and the majority of the other scammin NYC dealers. Give your money to the good guys! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

www.epinions.com if you are unsure about a retailer.

Good luck

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Old 05-29-2005, 12:09 AM   #7 (permalink)
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I agree with what you say. But buying on ebay you get to see the feedback there. I have never had a problem on ebay, but then i check the feedback etc before bidding.

As for the 'returnability' - yeah that might be an issue, but then the lens is new with a warranty. Not sure about gray market on third party lenses - if it exists or matters.

From what i have heard, Canon is not as strict as Nikon on gray market warranty repairs in the US. With the way people travel and move about these days, this gray market warranty issue is pretty silly/stupid if you ask me.

The lens will be here wednesday, so i'll know for sure then! While i'd rather have it sooner, i am off on wednesday so i'll have plenty of time to play.
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:23 AM   #8 (permalink)
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I like buying and selling on eBay but you should always check new and used prices with reputable dealers like B&H. It's not unusual to see lenses selling on eBay for only slightly less or even MORE than what a dealer charges.

I read in several places that the Nikkor 28-70mm 2.8 had a bad run (AF problems) and that the earlier lenses were a bad buy. I held off of that lens because of it. Later I learned that the problem was in the Nikon F5 firmware and not the lens at all. I back checked and sure enough, all of the complaints where the camera was identified were with an F5. Thought that was worth mentioning.

Japanese quality control is built on science and teamwork; it's the best on the planet.
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Don't know if this has been covered, but I wouldn't ever recommend buying an off brand lens to anyone who was serious about his craft.. For one, a friend of mine waited 6 months after sending his Sigma 70-200 HSM lens in for "rechipping"...because it didn't work well with his 10D body... he actually ended up buying the 70-200mm f2.8 L Canon lens while still waiting for a simple "reply" from them after being without that lens for 3 months.. and now, he shoots with the 20D and 1D bodies..so who knows if the rechipping would even work with what he has now..

Also,... you may save some money but the build is better with brand lenses vs off brand lenses, and when it comes to compareing them side by side, I haven't seen one example of any professional oriented lens from an off brand manufacturer beat the performance of the brand name lens.. ...in the consumer line of lenses, once in a while but not often..

The chances of getting a "good" lens increases when you buy brand lenses as well..


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