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Right decision? 80-200 used

ZoneV

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ZoneV Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Jan 2005
Sun 25-Nov-12 06:45 AM | edited Sun 25-Nov-12 06:52 AM by ZoneV

I pulled the trigger and ordered a used 80-200 2-ring. I've had the non-D version of the lens for over 4 years. Lately I've been shooting more sports, and I get frustrated at the focusing of the old version, usually ending up with 70% OOF pictures (nothing wrong with the lens; it's just a limitation of the old design...it's slow and tends to hunt and lose focus rather than lock on). 4 years ago, I wasn't doing as much sports photography, and I tried one of these before I bought one. I figured I'd eventually get something newer.

Now, I decided to buy a used two-ring D version from KEH at a ~$300 savings over a new lens. The tradeoff is that I get a 6-month KEH warranty rather than a total of 5 years of Nikon extended warranty. Since I'm on a tight budget, and the lens is known to be a reliable one, I figured it was worth saving the money, and I could always put that $300 (which I honestly don't have at this time anyway) toward a newer body.

The only other thing is there's a small chance of someone screwing up, and me getting a gray market version. But I think the cost savings was probably worth it in this case. If it was a 70-200 VR II, I'd be hesitant to buy used because it's a more complex lens and there isn't much savings over buying new.

I'll get the most benefit out of the upgrade NOW, so waiting 9 months to be able to buy new would have been hard.

Logical? Or do you think the 5 years of Nikon warranty was actually worth the extra $300? I have mixed feelings on this, having had a lot of gear that has never needed repair, but also a good amount that has. Ideally, I'd have bought a new 80-200, but my brain and wallet told me not to, and that I couldn't.

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