Canon lens vs 3rd party lens 2nd hand value


nonacyons

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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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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.
 

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Blur Shadow

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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.
 

paesyl

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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.
A good example will be Tamron AF17-50mm F/2.8.

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

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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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( 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 ;p

ryan
 

IsenGrim

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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?
 

flipfreak

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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?
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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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 :thumbsup: the bokeh is out of this world :bigeyes:
 

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