04-19-2021 11:32 AM - last edited on 04-20-2021 10:05 AM by Danny
I lost a bid on a 150-500 a while back but found this. I have a Canon EOS Rebel T7. Looking at the photos, the mount with the red mark matches my present lenses. I'm looking to take sports, wildlife and bird photos. What is your opinion? Always thanks for your replies from a rank amateur.
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04-19-2021 01:11 PM
Me personally. I would never recommend someone purchase used camera equipment from eBay. Too much risk in my opinion.
Would I buy that lens, not a chance. I understand budget is a consideration, so I'm not the best person to advice as I don't like used or "old' camera equipment. I am however 100% ok with refurbished as long as it was done by the manufacturer, and not a 3rd party.
04-19-2021 01:32 PM - edited 04-19-2021 01:36 PM
Thanks. I did note a 100% satisfaction note and 30 return with buyer paying return shipping. I would put it through its paces in just a few days to give it a good workout. I'll see what the cards say.
04-19-2021 02:17 PM - edited 04-19-2021 02:18 PM
Just heard from the seller. I inquired about the conditon of the lens and lens body. It is described as Exc+++ which seems to be what I'm looking for. Seller reviews were noted earlier. Will toss the bones to see what to do here.
04-20-2021 10:28 AM
IMHO, I would not buy that lens. It is a nearly 20 year old design and full of aberrations. Keep in mind you get what you pay for and $200 dollar lenses are just that. A $200 dollar lens. However, if it floats your boat go for it. Nothing like experience to teach you a good lesson.
I don't have a big problem with eBay if you are careful and get the eBay guarantee.
04-20-2021 11:30 AM
Ebay can be fine IF you are careful. Check not only seller feedback but also what products the seller has been selling. I wouldn't hesitate to buy a good lens from a seller who has positive feedback over a history of selling camera products but if it was a lens from an antique mall or storage diver who had never sold a lens before I wouldn't chance it even with a good feedback profile. If you buy one, give it heavy use in a wide variety of situations as soon as you get it so you don't find out too late that there is an AF failure under certain conditions, a lens coating that has been wiped off so that now you have a huge flare issue under backlighting, or other problems which aren't apparent in a quick test of the lens.
Ernie knows more about that particular lens than I and I would listen carefully to his assessment. If it is an older Sigma design that wasn't that great even when it was new, then avoid it. Better to buy one decent piece of glass and be done with it than purchase several inferior pieces before finally deciding that lower quality glass isn't going to work for what you need.
Sigma makes some really nice stuff now and I prefer their 50 f1.4 to Canon's offering. But historically they made a lot of stuff that wasn't so great so use caution when looking at older Sigma designs.
04-20-2021 03:42 PM
04-20-2021 09:55 PM
20 years old? Should be on an antique site. Going to pass as I have some magazine assignments that will put a few shekels in the bank. Maybe can buy something more current and decent quaity. Thanks for the replies.