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09/08/2005 05:02:19 AM · #1
If anyone wants to sell this lens can you send me a PM or email or put on this thread. Thanks.
09/08/2005 05:06:38 AM · #2
good luck, lisa, getting anyone to give up this little $70 jewel ;-)

even though i don't use it a lot, it's still one of my favorite pieces of glass.
09/08/2005 05:07:46 AM · #3
Originally posted by skiprow:

good luck, lisa, getting anyone to give up this little $70 jewel ;-)

even though i don't use it a lot, it's still one of my favorite pieces of glass.


LOL, i am guessing the nobody would want to give it up. :) Worth a try though. :)
09/08/2005 05:32:53 AM · #4
Sure its a little gem ! :)

But to be honest, if i knew better when i bought mine, i would go for the 50mm F:1,4 USM ... but thats me!

I know for fact that the 1,8 can be found used and cheap!
Look around and make a bargain! I got mine really cheap!
09/08/2005 07:55:26 AM · #5
Originally posted by PhotonicDelousions:

Sure its a little gem ! :)

But to be honest, if i knew better when i bought mine, i would go for the 50mm F:1,4 USM ... but thats me!

I know for fact that the 1,8 can be found used and cheap!
Look around and make a bargain! I got mine really cheap!


$70 isnt cheap enough for good glass?
09/08/2005 07:57:54 AM · #6
Just bought it last week. Awesome lens...especially for portraits!
Best buy..hands down on the market as far as value for the dollar.
09/08/2005 08:16:47 AM · #7
Bongo, what did you pay for it? I'd like to get an idea on how the price varies from seller to seller, and what I'll have to expect when buying one in Luxembourg.
09/08/2005 08:24:14 AM · #8
why not just buy it new???
09/08/2005 09:05:07 AM · #9
From the title of the thread I assume that Lisa is looking for the discontinued first version of this lens, as opposed to it's replacement -- the Canon 50mm f 1.8 Mark II, which is currently available from B&H priced at $75 for the USA warrantied version.
Canon Normal EF 50mm f/1.8 II Autofocus Lens
The International warranty version is $5 less.

The older model has a metal mount instead of a plastic one. It usually sells used on ebay for more than the MK II sells for new. Many people believe that the older one is superior in build quality but most agree that the newer one is it's equal optically and image-wise.
09/08/2005 01:41:39 PM · #10
Why would they discontinue a well-selling lens and replace it with this one?
09/08/2005 01:50:26 PM · #11
I picked one of them up used at a camera shop. Perfect condition, looks and behaves like new. No plastic mount on this one. They even paid to have me take it to a Canon authorized repair shop and completely check it out. It was the best $49 I've spent on lenses so far. Good luck finding one.
09/08/2005 01:57:35 PM · #12
I have heard that the biggest problem with a plastic mount is that it might break off. Ok, so a 70 dollar lens breaks off. That's a pain on a shoot, but it's not that heavy and if you don't drop it and swing it around, it's pretty hard to just break a lens in normal use.

Don't worry about it and buy the new one if you can't find it used.

Might even have a slight bit faster zooming on the new one? Can't say much about this though.

PS I believe that the Imported model for sale at B+H is not internationally warrantied. Warranties for most things camera these days are limited to the country you buy them in. This is the case of both of my Canon's. A USA warrantied lens is warrantied in USA, usually for a year. An imported lens is usually NOT WARRANTIED. It should be covered by the warranty of the company you buy it at. Otherwise, you can't get anything if it breaks. This is commonly known as grey market.
09/08/2005 02:41:38 PM · #13
you would have to drop your camera for it to break the mount... Since it's canon's lightest lens, there's no reason to worry about a plastic mount.
09/08/2005 04:39:56 PM · #14
Lenses sold by B&H as "imported" carry the same length warranty as one sold as a "USA" model. The only difference is that you must return it to B&H for warranty service. For a Canon lens with a USA warranty, you can return it to the closest Canon service facility no matter where in the world you may be.
09/08/2005 04:51:00 PM · #15
sold my mint condition 50mm F1.8 II on Ebay for $58US. So that said, it might be a good place to start.

Message edited by author 2005-09-08 16:56:28.
09/08/2005 04:52:47 PM · #16
It's a nice lens, but mine fell apart after just three months of use. As I started talking to my friends, I found out it has happened to three others as well. You get what you pay for....
09/08/2005 09:51:01 PM · #17
That is good to know about the USA warranty. I had heard that it was still only good in USA. Getting a worldwide warranty for an extra few bucks seems like a no brainer. I personally never visit America, so otherwise, I never would have thought of getting the USA model.
09/08/2005 10:16:42 PM · #18
Originally posted by mffnqueen:

It's a nice lens, but mine fell apart after just three months of use. As I started talking to my friends, I found out it has happened to three others as well. You get what you pay for....


Get a used mark I...you pay a little bit more (tiny bit) but get a solid mount and body.

My lens is 13 years old and it's a beauty...got it used for $135CAD on fredmiranda.com...
09/08/2005 10:41:05 PM · #19
i got mine new for about $70 including shipping. its a very good lens optically and very small and portable. never had a problem with mine.
09/09/2005 04:23:27 AM · #20
Originally posted by jmlelii:

Originally posted by PhotonicDelousions:

Sure its a little gem ! :)

But to be honest, if i knew better when i bought mine, i would go for the 50mm F:1,4 USM ... but thats me!

I know for fact that the 1,8 can be found used and cheap!
Look around and make a bargain! I got mine really cheap!


Sure it is cheap, and i did frase the sentance wrong!

I meant to say get me M1 Used LOL but my mind wasnt in the right place! But still i would go for the F 1,4 instead... and i really dont like theese plastic mounts canon started on! Eventhough i own two with plastic mount! But im not planning on dropping any of them.. not yet that is ;)

$70 isnt cheap enough for good glass?
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