Free Shipping on ALL Products
camera reviewsbest cameraslens reviewsphotography tipscamera forumvideo toursphotography bookssupport me
It is currently Sat Apr 19, 2014 9:59 am

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 10:52 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:57 am
Posts: 1551
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba, Canada
I thought that a thread like this would've already been made, but I couldn't find one using the search feature.

Today, I was offered a second hand 10.5mm Fisheye lens, for 40% of the original cost. I personally think that it's a good deal, and I'm seriously considering buying it. The seller told me that the glass is in good condition, but I'll inspect it later if I decide to pick it up. It doesn't have the original packaging, though.

So, anyways, what are some things to look out for when buying second hand glass? I know that some of you here often buy second hand, so if you had any tips when it comes to inspecting the lens, that would be great. Also, is this a good deal for the lens? I generally try to get at LEAST less than 50% of the original price when buying used items.

Anyways, thanks for your help in advance.

_________________
-Evan

Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Sun Sep 11, 2011 11:25 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2011 7:58 pm
Posts: 796
Location: United Kingdom
I'd say mould/fungus and dust are the key things to look out for (both are usually visible without having to go out of your way to find), especially if the lens is many years old and if it's possible to do so, test the lens on your body.

For a used zoom lens, it's also worth going through all of the focal lengths - I bought a used Canon EF 75-300mm USM III and it worked fine at 75, 100 and 135mm but at 200 or 300mm, an error message kept showing when I fully depressed the shutter button. There was also a metal threshing sound as I turned the ring to adjust the focal length.

_________________
Body: Canon EOS 70D
Lenses: Tokina AT-X 116 Pro DX f/2.8, Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II, Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM

Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:39 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:24 am
Posts: 1815
I'd add:

Take the front and rear caps off. See if the aperture ring sticks by looking through the rear of the lens and playing.

If its a fisheye (10.5 so I take it it's a Nikkor), then chances are it will be well looked after (i.e. not always thrown in the bag) but check the exposed front element carefully and make sure the lens cap still fits snugly


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 3:41 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:24 am
Posts: 1815
If you're meeting somewhere 'neutral' for an inspection, take your lens cleaning kit with you as well. The lens might have attracted a little dust so this will help to inspect front and rear elements properly.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 4:21 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:57 am
Posts: 1551
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba, Canada
Thanks for all of your replies.

Yes, it is the 10.5 Nikkor fisheye, I'll make sure to check if the glass is clean. The seller did send a pic, but it didn't really show the quality of the glass. I noticed that in the picture, the lens' rear cap was off, if the rear cap was never put on, and the lens was left sitting for long periods of time, would a lot of dust accumulate, affecting the performance?

Thanks

_________________
-Evan

Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 5:47 am 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:24 am
Posts: 1815
I personally wouldn't buy a Nikkor fisheye at full price - for my usage I would look second hand, as I balance usage v. cost when deciding on lenses (with the exception of a 200mm f2, which I'm lusting after!). I don't think too much dust would have accumulated, but that would be your call when inspecting.

I wouldn't hesitate in recommending the Samyang 8mm if you're hesitant on this 2nd hand copy. It's manual focus but the fisheye has such a wide depth of field that is not an issue. I picked mine up for $175 and it's a steal.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 7:05 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:57 am
Posts: 1551
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba, Canada
Thanks for the advice.

I was offered the Nikkor for around the same price, a bit more expensive but not too much. I wouldn't want to pay full price either, I couldn't justify spending $800 for something that I'd only use for astrophotography. Besides, spending the smaller amount of money on a second hand product would let me save up for a lens that I'd use more like the 11-16 Tokina.

I wouldn't really want the Samyung, as it's manual focus (I don't know how bad that would be, I'd use the lens probably 95% of the time for astrophotos where autofocus in useless), and its slower aperture is also worse for astrophotos. I'm not sure how the sharpness compares to that of the Nikkor, but the Nikon would also have better value for resale.

_________________
-Evan

Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 11:46 am 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Sun May 25, 2008 12:48 pm
Posts: 7999
Location: UK
The Samyang in practice doesn't need focusing for daytime use. The DoF is so insane that stopped down one step to 5.6 you will cover most things unless they're really close. And personally you do need to stop it down, as wide open it isn't that great. For astrophoto use, then it does help to get infinity as sharp as possible. While the resale value might not be much, it doesn't cost you much to get in the first place either.

_________________
Canon DSLRs: 7D, 5D2, 1D, 600D, 450D full spectrum, 300D IR mod
Lenses: EF 35/2, 50/1.8, 85/1.8, 135/2+SF, 28-80 V, 70-300L, 100-400L, TS-E 24/3.5L, MP-E 65, EF-S 15-85 IS
3rd party: Zeiss 2/50 makro, Samyang 8mm fisheye, Sigma 150 macro, 120-300 f/2.8 OS, Celestron 1325/13
Tinies: Sony HX9V.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:02 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Oct 08, 2009 11:24 am
Posts: 1815
Yes - F8+ and it's great bang for the buck - I'd definitely recommend over the 10.5


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 1:30 pm 
Offline
Moderator
User avatar

Joined: Thu Jan 03, 2008 5:35 pm
Posts: 1983
Location: Vancouver, Canada
I think the Nikkor 10.5mm is a spectacular lens - it has great sharpness, close-focus ability, excellent highlight control/doesn't care if the sun is in the picture and lovely color rendition.

The shape of the front element doesn't allow typical filters so the glass is usually exposed - Cokin has some large filter options that can fit this lens though.

I recommend doing the flashlight test. Bring a strong LED flashlight and shine it through the rear element right into your face - this will help reveal any scratches that you might not otherwise find.

Good luck wit your decision!

Cheers :-)

_________________
Nikon stuff and other stuff, but not nearly as much stuff as I really want!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Mon Sep 12, 2011 10:35 pm 
Offline
User avatar

Joined: Tue Jul 27, 2010 8:57 am
Posts: 1551
Location: Winterpeg, Manisnowba, Canada
I'll make sure to do the flashlight test if I end up getting it. Thanks for all the advice!

_________________
-Evan

Gear: 7 Nikon Nikkor AI-S and AF-S lenses, SB-700 flash, Nikon D7000, Nikon FM, variety of accessories

"There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs."
- Ansel Adams


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 11 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  

All words, images, videos and layout, copyright 2005-2012 Gordon Laing. May not be used without permission.
/ How we test / Best Cameras / Advertising / Camera reviews / Supporting Camera Labs

Webdesign by Alphabase IT
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group