Would you keep this damaged lens?

Started Apr 18, 2013 | Discussions thread
David Nall
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Re: Would you keep this damaged lens?

Al Giordano wrote:

I purchased a used lens from a top equipment rental company.  The description of the condition of the lens was as follows:


Front element Numerous tiny coating scratches, a few might
be light glass scratches; no effect on images

However, when I inspected the lens, it looks like the front element has impact damage and the glass has a half moon break.  See Pictures below.

This lens is a Sigma 50-500 f/4.5-6.3 DG HSM APO OS Nikon for which I paid $850.00.

Would you keep this lens?  It is not warranted, but I do have a 3 day return policy.



I agree with the rest of the responders.  Return it and look for another used one.  I bought one of the older versions without OS, and it is in Mint condition for $800.00.  I only use it for BIF, so never use OS anyhow since shutter speed is kept high.  Not a scratch anywhere.  I lock it at 500mm and don't zoom as it can become a dust vacuum.  Dave

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