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    Default Canon lens vs 3rd party lens 2nd hand value

    hi guys, do you find that 2nd hand value of 3rd party lens (Tamron, Sigma etc) are much lower than Canon for a lens of similar range?

    Was looking around and compared. Eg new Canon goes for $500 and 2nd hand for $400+ but 3rd party can be around $450 for new but resale goes as low as $300 or lower.

    Not sure whats the rationale of this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nonacyons View Post
    hi guys, do you find that 2nd hand value of 3rd party lens (Tamron, Sigma etc) are much lower than Canon for a lens of similar range?

    Was looking around and compared. Eg new Canon goes for $500 and 2nd hand for $400+ but 3rd party can be around $450 for new but resale goes as low as $300 or lower.

    Not sure whats the rationale of this.
    That's true generally, but not universally true. It all boils down to supply and demand. Usually, there are more people looking out to buy genuine Canon lenses, which explains its good resale value. However, there are some 3rd party lenses that command good resale value as well, mainly because they are made very well and they seldom come on the market since people who own them tend to keep them for a long time. One such lens is the Sigma 11-16mm f/2.8.

    Plus, if you have a Canon lens that's known to be not so good and thus replaced by better models, then the price would be much lower as well. One such lens is the Canon EF 75-300mm.
    Last edited by nottipiglet; 21st June 2010 at 03:37 PM.

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    There's no general axiom for this. Some 3rd party lenses are well-received and retain much value. THen there's always market forces at work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blur Shadow View Post
    There's no general axiom for this. Some 3rd party lenses are well-received and retain much value. THen there's always market forces at work.
    A good example will be Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8.

    New selling at $650 + -
    Resale for $530~$550

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    Default Re: Canon lens vs 3rd party lens 2nd hand value

    One such lens is the Sigma 11-16mm f/2.8.
    Isn't it Tokina 11-16?

    I think it just depends on how popular and good a reputation the lens has, and a lot of the popular lenses just happen to be OEM. Like the excellent Canon 135L, a new one costs around $1300, but I've seen people selling it at $1250 with not much of warranty left
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    Default Re: Canon lens vs 3rd party lens 2nd hand value

    ( i assume u r not referring to the "higher" end 3rd party lenses such as zeiss, schneiders .. which holds better value on the whole )

    The higher end professional Canon lenses are generally better in IQ and built. They retain value better for the reasons, and people regard them as better. My guess is there is also probably a larger ready market for original lenses.

    To look at it on the other side, the third party lenses are really value for money at resale prices

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundaholic View Post
    Isn't it Tokina 11-16?
    Yah yah.. Toki. I own and use it quite often... until I forgot the brand.

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    speaking of 3rd party lenses... is there a carl zeiss 135mm f2 that can fit a canon camera? Or sony/KM only?

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    Quote Originally Posted by IsenGrim View Post
    speaking of 3rd party lenses... is there a carl zeiss 135mm f2 that can fit a canon camera? Or sony/KM only?
    the only carl zeiss one that can fit a canon is the contax 135 f/2.8 which is a manual focus lens. the cz sony lens is a 135 f/1.8, the fastest in its class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Soundaholic View Post
    Isn't it Tokina 11-16?

    I think it just depends on how popular and good a reputation the lens has, and a lot of the popular lenses just happen to be OEM. Like the excellent Canon 135L, a new one costs around $1300, but I've seen people selling it at $1250 with not much of warranty left
    ya, the 135mm f2 is one heck of a lens the bokeh is out of this world

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blownoff View Post
    The least depreciation lens i feel is the canon 50mm f1.8, new, it's $125, no more warranty, ppl sell for $115
    you mean like this?

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715930

    http://www.clubsnap.com/forums/showthread.php?t=715859

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    question is, have it been sold? i bought the 50 f1.8 before, twice somemore, bought at $100, play around, sold at $100, both times.

    it could be they buy higher like $150.00
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    Quote Originally Posted by litechaser View Post
    ya, the 135mm f2 is one heck of a lens the bokeh is out of this world
    this lens is one of the reason why i like canon system.

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