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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"I think old gear was not mentioned until after I posted."

 

Hmmm, I realized it right off.  No problem but maybe I try harder!  Smiley Wink


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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?

"You're more powerful than The Amazing Kreskin!"

 

Nah, I wouldn't go that far. It's more a lifetime of doing photography.  Likely the difference between book learning and actual hands on work.

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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"You're more powerful than The Amazing Kreskin!"

 

Nah, I wouldn't go that far. It's more a lifetime of doing photography.  Likely the difference between book learning and actual hands on work.


It's been my experience that nothing exposes the value of book learning more than actual hands-on work.

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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?


"You're more powerful than The Amazing Kreskin!"

Nah, I wouldn't go that far. It's more a lifetime of doing photography. Likely the difference between book learning and actual hands on work.

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I had suspected the same. That’s why I had asked what type of lens
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Unless you are getting the deal of the century on an expensive lens, >$5000, I still do not advise buying a used lens, sight unseen, from the other side of the planet for $600.

PayPal guarantee or not, it is not worth the risk or hassle of a return.
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" I still do not advise buying a used lens,..."

 

Which is fine but that's just you. Some of these older lenses are where you find them. My experience, although not lenses, with the parts and some tools has been uneventful.  I see no reason why a lens would be any different.

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"It's been my experience that nothing exposes the value of book learning more than actual hands-on work"

 

So true Robert.  Experience is the best teacher.  Books, Youtube, etc, and reviews can only take you so far.  At some point you need practical experience. It is easy to spot.

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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

"It's been my experience that nothing exposes the value of book learning more than actual hands-on work"

 

So true Robert.  Experience is the best teacher.  Books, Youtube, etc, and reviews can only take you so far.  At some point you need practical experience. It is easy to spot.


I don't disagree, but that wasn't quite my point - which was that book learning can give you an important head start in the real world. And sometimes help you avoid expensive and embarrassing rookie mistakes.

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Re: Buying lenses from eBay Japan - Did you have to pay any USA customs/import fees?


@ebiggs1 wrote:

" I still do not advise buying a used lens,..."

 

Which is fine but that's just you. Some of these older lenses are where you find them. My experience, although not lenses, with the parts and some tools has been uneventful.  I see no reason why a lens would be any different.


Once again, you're taking words completely out of context, and applying your own meaning to them.  You left out the "sight unseen" part.  You also left out "from the other side of the planet" part, too.

 

In conclusion, it is apparent that you would buy a used lens, sight unseen from the other side of the planet.  

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"In conclusion, it is apparent that you would buy a used lens, sight unseen from the other side of the planet."

 

Well blow me over with a feather.  Guilty as charged.  If I wanted it, I would buy it.

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