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      07-27-2021, 08:10 AM   #1
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Buying used lens, but has a dent?

Hey guys, I'm looking to buy a used lens, and found this one, which seems like a good deal except for the weird dent on the inside ring. The seller says the lens functions as new. Anyone know if this would affect anything?




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      07-27-2021, 08:16 AM   #2
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It has to be from an impact, it could be superficial or the reason it's a deal. I would pass on it, besides it's just a consumer level lens.
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It most likely has no impact on the lens performance. Try testing it before you buy if possible. Or ask the seller if he offers a return policy. Given its a kit lens and not a pro lens, there are probably several good deals out there for a flawless one
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It has to be from an impact, it could be superficial or the reason it's a deal. I would pass on it, besides it's just a consumer level lens.
That was initial gut feeling too. Thanks for confirming!
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It most likely has no impact on the lens performance. Try testing it before you buy if possible. Or ask the seller if he offers a return policy. Given its a kit lens and not a pro lens, there are probably several good deals out there for a flawless one
It's an ebay lens so I wouldn't be able to try it out and no returns either. I'll pass on this one.
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Two things. If the price is discounted enough, it should be good to go. That piece is a trim/retention ring that is easily replaced with a new one. Secondly, if it arrives and the performance of the lens is effected, and there was no mention of a focus problem or an operation problem - it can, in fact, be returned. That's your Ebay protection - regardless of whether the seller accepts returns. Anything not as advertised can be returned.
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I have a small crack in the corner on the front lens of my canon 70-200 f4. It doesn't affect images and lens performance at all.

This looks very minor and should not cause any issues at all.
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This is not a prime lens (high end glass), and the only reason to purchase it at a "great price", would be if you are ok with throwing it in the garbage if it doesn't perform properly. As a serious amateur photographer, a lens that is dented, has a very high chance of being damage goods; and as such, I want no part of it.
Unless you are able to try it and verify its performance for your intended purpose, this proposition would be a hard: no thanks for me.
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In my experience lenses are very robust, and if this mark isn't going to bother your OCD, or keep you from using filters/etc, then I wouldn't be afraid of it myself.

But I will say that eBay is not a good place in general to buy used lenses. Please try KEH.
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This post is from last summer, FYI. Bumped by... dunno if a real person or spambot but "they" have been doing a lot of it this morning.
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