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Used Gear

    3 April 2008, terribly early in the morning

I sold my 17-40mm f/4 L on Monday. I haven’t been weeping over the loss yet, so it was probably the right thing to do. Some lenses and cameras will hold their value much better than others. I owned the lens for a year and a half, and it sold for about $70 less than I bought it for. It costs more to rent the lens for a week at Vistek. The dude who bought it could probably sell it for what I sold it to him for. To contrast, if I wanted to sell my Rebel XT, which I paid close to a grand for when I bought it, i’d probably get around $500 — tops. Some things by their nature won’t hold their value, and electronics is one such thing. With glass, there is probably an advantage going with Canon or Nikon over their third-party counterparts, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina. (The fact the lenses are generally better quality is a bonus.) I probably should sell more of my camera gear: I have way too many bodies.



  1. “I probably should sell more of my camera gear.”

    I second that! Or we should really put our new bookshelf together and find a space for all the cameras sitting around everywhere!

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