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Registered: ‎12-07-2012

Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

You have been at this conundrum for quite a while now.  The bottom line is, there is no cheap way if you want decent quality. You need to get that around your head. I showed you a good choice and you missed it. One thing you need to do is stop reading so many reviews and forums. Most of those folks aren't any more knowledgeable or experienced than you are. They just own a keyboard, too!

 

When you find a deal, they are out there, like the one I showed you, you need to jump. Or, bite the bullet and buy one and start enjoying it now. Think how much you are missing by not having it.

EB
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Registered: ‎09-10-2019

Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

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EB, the one you mention, I got outbid at the last minute. This the only photography forum that I frequent. I look at eBay occasionally but it seems that prices go higher and higher. As I mentioned earlier, one 150-600 went within $99 of a new one; it was described as scratched and scuffed and no return. If I spring for the 150-600, I'll go with a new one.

The old guy my father and uncle were in business with said what is a bargain today might not be a bargain tomorrow. FWIW, he died in about 1952, worth $2 million.  I always found that to be good advice.

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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?


@Tintype_18 wrote:

EB, the one you mention, I got outbid at the last minute. This the only photography forum that I frequent. I look at eBay occasionally but it seems that prices go higher and higher. As I mentioned earlier, one 150-600 went within $99 of a new one; it was described as scratched and scuffed and no return. If I spring for the 150-600, I'll go with a new one.

The old guy my father and uncle were in business with said what is a bargain today might not be a bargain tomorrow. FWIW, he died in about 1952, worth $2 million.  I always found that to be good advice.


Good, for you.  You were outbid on eBay, which is an absolutely terrible place for inexperienced users to shop for camera gear.  Being outbid just may have saved you from who knows how much grief and annoyance. If you need to ask for advice, it is probably best that you do not shop on eBay.

 

If you want a super telephoto lens, then it is not going to come cheap.  Save up at good $1000 USD for one.  Only buy from a real camera store, or a factory authorized dealer.

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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

I got my Tamron by renting from LensRentals. They let me try it out to make sure it is working, and then I asked for a price to buy it outright.

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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

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Will look into the rental. Thanks.

Edit- Found the website and the lens is $65.00 for seven days. The bad news is it's calling for rain for the next two weeks. I need to dig out the raincover and see if it will fit the 150-600.

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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

"I got outbid at the last minute."

 

That is unfortunate because that was an extremely good deal. Good deals are available on eBay despite what one guy says. I know for a fact because I have sold lenses on eBay and they were in like new condition and about half price. You were outbid because somebody else beside me saw it as a good value. If you are going to use eBay you have to watch it carefully when you find a good buy.  Because others will also know that too. Is there junk? Certainly but you got personal advice from a person that has bought and sold many, many lenses, for whatever you deem that worth.

 

"... one 150-600 went within $99 of a new one; it was described as scratched and scuffed and no return."

 

Don't buy that one!

 

"This the only photography forum that I frequent."

 

Even here you can get steered wrongly.

 

"I always found that to be good advice."

 

Perhaps so but you need to strike when the iron is hot. Who knows where the EF market will go as it becomes depleted.  There will be, and likely has already happened, no more EF gear made. Yet there are millions of EF cameras out there that are not going to die tomorrow. Lenses like the 150-600mm don't wear out easily and are good buys used. Some folks maybe most don't put them to much use. They find out they are heavy and big and require some thought so they sit. Folks finally decide to get rid of them after they hold down the shelf in the closet for a time.  Now of course there is the junk and abused lenses to watch out for. That's on you.

EB
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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

"I got my Tamron by renting from LensRentals."

 

I am not a lens renter! I have done it because the lenses I rented were prohibitively expensive. In my line of work I had very little demand for them so renting was an option.  On relatively low cost lenses like a 150-600mm, I would never rent. Rent receipts don't get it for me. 

 

If you have need for a lens in the 150-600mm class and price range you can buy one and sell it when done and be nearly the same, or even better, cost as renting. Done it many times not out of need but out of hobby! 

 

LensRentals is probably a good place to buy a used lens because they take very good care of them. They have to or they couldn't keep renting the same lens over and over.

EB
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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

Right, so the idea is that you rent the lens, check it out, and if you like it, Lens Rentals will sell it to you *applying the rental amount, too*, so it is a good way to try-before-you-buy.

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Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

Yeah, I could go for that. Sounds sound! Smiley Happy

EB
EOS 1DX and 1D Mk IV and several lenses!
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Registered: ‎09-10-2019

Re: Buy an 1.4 or 2.0 extender instead of another lens?

kvb, I got an email from the LensRental. Will go through it and get it fixed in my thoughts. Applying the rental fee to the purchase price sounds good.

Again, thanks to all. On the last auction, I bid once out of curiousity. Kind of like playing one quarter on the slot machine. As I mentioned, I was very hesitant about the "No Return" clause on that auction item.

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