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Richard Crowe

TalkEmount All-Pro
Sep 14, 2018
I have liquidated all of my fishing tackle on eBay since am getting too old to go out on the ocean to fish. Thus, I have a few extra dollars in my PayPal account...

I am considering selling my Sony 70-200mm f/4 G lens and using the money from that lens plus some dollars from my PayPal account to purchase a Tamron 70-180mm f/2.8 lens for the Sony e-mount. I plan on purchasing from Adorama because I have had such good service from that company...

My decision is, should I purchase the lens new at $1199 or used in E- condition at $1019. The warranty for a used lens from Adorama is 6-months while the warranty on a new Tamron is considerably longer. OTOH, I have never needed to use a warranty on a lens... $180 savings is quite a bit and I have purchased an Sony 85mm f/1.8 from Adorama a few years ago and that lens was in perfect shape.

Black Elk

TalkEmount Regular
Mar 28, 2019
You may want to look around for factory refurbished gear. I have a number of refurbished lens. Got a super deal and they are like new.


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Sep 10, 2015
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I usually buy my lenses used or refurbished. I've not had any significant problems, and at least for recently made lenses (my Voigtlanders) you could not tell they were even used. I do not think I have ever used a warranty for a lens either. I almost never buys extended warranties on anything, 1st or 3rd party.

The one thing that could be an issue is if the lens was de centered or tilted. Thus far I have not had an issue with that myself. If they allow returns in the event you are not satisfied, then no worries.

If it was a truly expensive lens, say the Sony 600mm ($12,998), I might go new unless the source for a used lens was very trustworthy and reputable. I will likely never have to decide at that level, lol.


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Jan 30, 2016
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Rae Leggett
I've bought two lenses used from Adorama and I've been satisfied with both.


New to TalkEmount
Sep 13, 2020
I tend to buy new cameras - I've had to use warranty service on many cameras, but rarely ever lenses. So I buy used lenses whenever I can - that way if I don't end up using the lens, I can sell it for about what it cost to buy.

I've bought hundreds of items on eBay and generally have had good experiences. It's important to pay attention to listing details, and seller feedback. It's also worth noting that even if a seller says they don't accept returns, if you receive a damaged item or something that is defective or otherwise not as described, you can open a case with eBay and they will in 99.99% of cases rule in favor of the buyer.

A good tip is to check sold/completed listings on eBay. This way you can see what items are selling for, rather than what sellers are asking. Items usually sell for less than what is up for a buy-it-now price on eBay on a given day. Bidding on auctions is often a way to get a used lens for a bit less money too.

Lastly, Greentoe is a good option if you want to buy new but at lower prices. I bought my A7 III on Greentoe for $1700, new with warranty, including shipping and no tax. I got my Samyang 75/1.8 for $350, and my Tamron 17-28mm for $842. Greentoe sellers can take a few weeks to ship, so it's not the best route if you need it fast. But it can be a good option for more recent releases when there may not be many used options available (or high used prices).

Then you have the buy/sell sections on sites like this and Fred Miranda. I've always had good experiences with these. (Not on this site yet, but on mu-43)
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